Novell and Verizon Password-Protect the Cloud
Verizon Business today announces the launch of a Novell-powered identity management-on-demand, single sign-on solution for cloud applications, tackling one of the biggest challenges facing widespread adoption of software-as-a-service by wrapping itself around existing deployments. It’s not available through the channel quite yet, but here’s a quick look at the implications for the cloud market.
The essential idea of this announcement: End-users gain a single username and password that can attach to any number of cloud-based applications. The service is going to be delivered by Verizon Business, the IT services arm of the telecom giant, but it has Novell’s existing login federation technology at its core developed in partnership
What sets this solution apart from the rest, says Novell’s Mark Rogers, is that it allows you to extend policy-driven identity management to any cloud application as delivered by any provider, and it supports a wide range of login protocols. Setting it up just requires a “handshake” between companies.
The advantage is obvious to anyone who’s kept a post-it note around with their various passwords: the concept of one login for all SaaS almost sells itself, and the ability to extend and consolidate policy management just sweetens the pot.
As I said, it’s not available yet, but Verizon and Novell assure me the channel is a “priority” and they’re rolling it out for their partners sooner rather than later. Rogers says that the low TCO of their solution and the high demand makes it a slam dunk, but it’s just not quite ready for VARs yet.