Novell beefs up its identity management toolkit

Virtual Directory Services is an identity store that can be embedded in other applications or devices and will be launched early...

Virtual Directory Services is an identity store that can be embedded in other applications or devices and will be launched early next year, said Rik van Bruggen, Novell's director for solution management and marketing EMEA.

This will enable manufacturers of devices such as telephone switchboards to make them natively compatible with Novell systems, simplifying the provision of telephone services for new employees within a managed identity infrastructure, according to Van Bruggen.

It is too early to say for exactly which operating systems Virtual Directory Services will be developed, Van Bruggen said,  but the prospect of manufacturers such as Alcatel or Siemens incorporating Virtual Directory Services into future telephone systems is realistic because both use Linux.

Linux is a target operating system for another of the new products announced at Novell's conference, Brainshare Europe.

Designer for Nsure Identity Manager is a visual 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 their mouse, where previously they would have needed knowledge of XML and scripting languages, Van Bruggen said.

Novell is also beefing up 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, say, is less dependent on the availability of one manager. Novell will offer Enhanced Provisioning Module as a free download next month to users of Identity Manager 2 or Extend Director 5.2 Enterprise Edition.

Peter Sayer writes for IDG News Service



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