Novell guns for identity
Novell deepened its commitment to identity computing at its BrainShare conference in Salt Lake City this week launching new initiatives.
Its Application Services Foundation and Identity Services Foundation set out a modular architecture for running software and identity services across the enterprise.
The idea is to enable enterprises to manage identity and assets through entire life cycles.
In line with this, Novell also launched the latest version of ZENworks – version 7. The company claims this is the first systems management product that can handle both Windows and Linux systems, rolling out software images, updates, patches, and managing policies, auditing and assets.
As part of its identity strategy, Novell also announced it is to acquire IT asset management specialist Tally Systems and integrate its software’s discovery and inventory capabilities, license management, and software usage and trend analysis capabilities into ZENworks. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Frank T Auger, VP Product Management, Novell exteNd and Nsure products, told us: ‘Identity is not just about people … it’s the set of distinguishing characteristics and attributes of any given entity. Once you establish that you can then build policies across all identities.’
Thus a company can provision its staff with the appropriate devices and privileges, and set which and the extent to which devices and staff have access to resources, while making inventories more visible.
‘Normally the data being managed in an asset management system doesn’t talk to identity management systems, but they do with Novell,’ said Auger.
He said there are three key drivers operating for businesses: regulatory compliance, security and increasing productivity. And while companies are keen to spend on the latter, they want to spend the least amount on security that will get them past the compliance issues.
‘Without identity these problems fight each other,’ said Auger. ‘These are three models that are converging on one thing: identity computing.’ He said that identity gives business not only the security levels they need, but the boon of easily managing those identities – whether they are people, devices, data or other resources – increases productivity and gives businesses a competitive edge.
For future versions, Auger said Novell is working on tighter integration of identity computing into other products and improving ease of use. It will also foster pre-built components so that applications and services can be easily identity enabled in development, as well as defining models to let customers quickly deploy identity computing for common environments.