As part of an agreement between the companies, HP and Novell will jointly offer migration services. HP will resell Novell identity and security management solutions and Novell will license HP Identity Center technology.
Earlier this year, HP announced "it will focus its investment in identity management products on existing customers" rather than selling the products to new customers.
HP said of the new migration plan, "To ensure that they continue to have access to exemplary identity management solutions, existing HP customers can take advantage of this programme and migrate to Novell's industry-leading offerings. Customers who choose not to migrate will continue to be supported by HP."
"HP and Novell have clarified a path forward for HP Identity Center customers who have invested in critical identity management infrastructure," said Gerry Gebel, an analyst at Burton Group. "The agreement between Novell and HP is a positive outcome for both vendors as they partner to address technology and services requirements of enterprises in an increasingly competitive industry."
While it may be a good solution for the vendors, some customers may not be satisfied with the deal on the table for their critical identity infrastructure.
Novell's comprehensive identity and security management products are designed to reduce the risk of identity and data theft, streamline IT administration, enforce business policies and prove compliance.
A licence credit for current HP Identity Center customers wanting to migrate to Novell products will operate for the first 12 months.
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