Novell is offering users the ability to secure and manage local and remote access to multiple networks and applications from a single web-based interface - an emerging trend among network software suppliers.
Web-based access management systems can make life easier for network administrators, said Mark Diodati, identity and privacy analyst at Burton Group. "Organisations can improve security, simplify the user experience, and relieve administrative burden with web access management systems.
"They are all but essential for organisations with high-value, heterogeneous web applications and web single sign-on needs."
Single sign-on allows users to log in once via the web and access multiple web-based applications because the system recognises them.
Novell Access Manager 3 supports several identity systems, including federated identity standards the Liberty Alliance Web Service Framework and Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0.
It also has an integrated, "clientless" Secure Sockets Layer virtual private network, which gives the administrator secure access control and role-based authorisation to back-end applications.