Novell Inc. has demonstrated its dual commitment to Linux and identity management at its BrainShare Europe conference in Barcelona with new identity-driven products and services.
Linux may underpin just about everything Waltham, Massachusetts-based Novell does following its acquisitions of Ximian and SuSE Linux, but it is eager to remind customers that it has more to offer, and according to chairman and CEO, Jack Messman, identity management could be even more important to the company than Linux.
Ultimately I think identity-driven solutions will be a bigger revenue generator for Novell than Linux will be, he said, unveiling new virtual directory, visual tools and advanced provisioning capabilities, and government targeted offerings to make that claim a reality.
The new products include Novell Virtual Directory Services, which allows developers to include a local identity store to integrate with existing corporate directories, and Novell eDirectory 8.8, which will enter open beta testing at the end of October with improved installation, performance and security features.
Also new are enhancements to Nsure Identity Manager, such as the Enhanced Provisioning Module and Designer for Nsure Identity Manager 2, a visual tool set based on the open source Eclipse project to simplify the configuration, design and management of identity infrastructures.
We are not asking you in an identity-driven model to change your systems, said David Litwack, senior VP and general manager of Novell Secure iServices. It puts the virtual directory in front of directories and web services in front of applications.
Secure iServices is one of two business units in Novell following its recent reorganization, with the other, Novell Resource Management and Ximian, headed up by David Patrick. According to Patrick, the new organization has better positioned Novell to succeed. It focuses on two major markets where Novell can be a leader again, he said. We really felt these were two clear markets.
The tag line is now that Linux plus identity equals Novell, an equation that has better positioned the company to sell the identity-focused products, according to Litwack. The perception that Novell equals NetWare was so strong that getting into new accounts was very difficult, he said.