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Novell and Verizon partner on security
Following the trend of announcing things that aren't quite real yet (VMforce, officially announced yesterday, won't be available until sometime in the future), Novell and Verizon are launching a managed security service.
Calling it on-demand "Identity as a Service," the Secure Access Service is designed to solve the problem of complexity in IT services within the enterprise, according to company spokespeople. Calling it fully compatible with Microsoft Active Directory, Salesforce.com and a number of other large software and service platforms, Novell said the service would handle credentials for IT services and present users with a single sign-on (SSO).
Novell promises consulting and superfast ramp up -- one to two months to get a business's IT services handled and tuned into to the service, as compared tp eight to 12 months for an in-house deployment of SSO technologies. It'll be officially out in June and pricing is yet to be determined, but it will be subscription-based.
Verizon is providing the infrastructure to run Novell's identity service, complete with all the usual security and reliability promises.
F5 secures data and other things in the cloud
F5 Networks announced new security services for applications deployed in the cloud. Application security provided by F5 products, including BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager, BIG-IP Edge Gateway and BIG-IP Application Security Manager, ensures that enterprise applications and data are safe even when deployed in the cloud. Users can assign policy-based access permissions based on user, location, device and other variables. This enables organizations to extend context-aware access to corporate materials while keeping their most valuable assets secure whether the data is stored in the data center, internal cloud or external cloud, the company claims.