Novell set to advance identity mgmt. package

Novell set to advance identity mgmt. package

Sayer, Peter

Forthcoming enhancements to Novell’s identity management wares could help users get a better handle on who is on the network and what they are doing.

At its BrainShare Europe customer conference in Barcelona last week, Novell said it plans to release Virtual Directory Services, an identity store that can be embedded in other applications or devices, in the first half of next year.

This will let manufacturers of devices such as telephone switchboards make them natively compatible with Novell systems, according to Rik van Bruggen, Novell’s director for solution management and marketing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Currently automating such provisioning requires the identity management system to be modified for each new application added.

It’s too early to say which operating systems Virtual Directory Services will be developed, van Bruggen said. However, the prospect of manufacturers such as Alcatel or Siemens incorporating Virtual Directory Services into their telephone systems is realistic because both use Linux, he said.

Linux is a target operating system for another of the new products announced at BrainShare Europe; Designer for Nsure Identity Manager is a tool intended to make it simpler to configure identity management infrastructures. Novell is offering a free download of the beta version, which is available for Windows, SuSE Linux and Red Hat Linux.

Business analysts can use Designer for Nsure Identity Manager to configure identity management systems with a mouse, whereas previously they would have needed knowledge of XML and scripting languages, van Bruggen said. By lowering the skills barrier for this work, the tool removes a bottleneck to implementing an identity management infrastructure, he said.

Novell also is enhancing other provisioning tools: Enhanced Provisioning Module makes it possible to automate certain processes, and to delegate certain administration rights, so that enrolling a new employee, for example, is less dependent on the availability of one manager. Novell is set to offer Enhanced Provisioning Module as a free download next month to users of Identity Manager 2 or Extend Director 5.2 Enterprise Edition.

Sayer is a correspondent with the IDG News Service.

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