Novell secures access and compliance in cloud environments
By Asia Cloud Forum staff 25-Aug-2010
Novell, a US-based provider of data center and security management solutions, yesterday launched its cloud access management solution to provide provisioning, access, security and compliance solutions in cloud computing environments.
Branded Novell Cloud Security Service (NCSS), the product is designed to enable cloud computing service providers to deliver cloud services with secure access and compliance. This allow enterprises to operate in a consistent framework for managing identities across physical, virtual and cloud deployments.
NCSS works by having a user log on it directly or via the enterprise identity system. The service will first verifiy the identity and, if successful, will generate an identity token in the requested format. Once authenticated to the SaaS service, the application connectors that are provided with the service will capture deep page-level user activity and provide the audit stream for compliance purposes.
Using NCSS, enterprises can also extend their identity infrastructure to any public cloud. Any changes made to their users or permissions are immediately replicated in the cloud environment. According to Novell, this can ensure one consistent identity and security framework for the enterprise, regardless of where the computing activity is taking place.
Following several beta NCSS deployments, Novell will target at more than 200 IaaS, and 1,300 SaaS and PaaS vendors to adopt NCSS -- a technology that is “supported by more than 60 patents.”