Novell Identity Manager 4.0: Novell promises smoother road

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This article appeared in the April, 2010 issue of CRN magazine.

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Novell Identity Manager 4.0: Novell promises smoother road
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For even the smallest of small business, it's not just mandatory to comply with regulations and industry requirements--but complying and being able to prove you're in the clear,'right down to every employee on a network, is absolutely critical when it comes to audits and many other business issues.

VARs can take different approaches for their customers when it comes to identity management--including server software or hardware-based appliances. Appliances, if approached correctly, can provide a simple and clean way to introduce this layer of management and security to an enterprise. But appliances also can add overhead to a data center, requiring additional power and cooling resources in their own right.

Software approaches to identity management are able to provide this layer of security without adding a layer of infrastructure. However, there are no guarantees that a software-based approach will reduce overall complexity or performance overhead. There are also potential compatibility and support issues that may need addressing when this software is added into a server or virtual server environment.

For this month's CRNtech, we considered the upcoming launch of Novell (NOVL) Identity Manager 4.0-scheduled to be unveiled later this month at the company's annual BrainShare conference in Amsterdam. While evaluation code was not available prior to the launch, Novell is promising that Novell Identity Manager 4 will simplify workflow design with a GUI-enabled designer tool. In other words, according to Novell, you'll have drag-and-drop capabilities when creating customized access request workflows.'

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