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Novell Offers New Identity Management Tools

Novell on Wednesday rolled out a new identity management package for Windows, NetWare, and Solaris, an update to its 15-month-old DirXML manager that promises to streamline user administration processes.

Nsure Identity Manager 2 allows IT administrators to deploy an integrated identity management solution, rather than rely on a slew of stand-alone programs for such chores as ID provisioning, single sign-on, and password management, said Novell.

"There are a host of identity management products out there," said Bob Bentley, the product line manager for the Provo, Utah.-based company's identity management group. "But most of them do only one or two things really well. That forces companies to cobble together solutions from several vendors. We're starting from a pretty strong base in functionality, and adding to it to give it the full range of features that are required in an identity management suite."

Among the new manager's capabilities are identity provisioning, single sign-on, password management, role-based administration, and real-time monitoring and reporting, said Bentley.

Among the new features and enhancements tucked inside Identity Manager, Bentley touted the revamped approach to identity policy creation and management.

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