Novell has launched the new version of its identity manager to offer secure identity and access management across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

The company claimed that Novell Identity Manager 4 ensures consistent identity, security and compliance policies for an organisation's entire IT ecosystem, including offering the same level of trust in the cloud that exists in the data centre.

According to Novell, the Identity Manager 4 family has two distinct offerings: to extend the capabilities of Novell Identity Manager 3.6 to include enhanced scalability and tight integration with Microsoft SharePoint, SAP ERP systems and cloud applications including and Google Apps. The second is to redefine enterprise-grade user provisioning by integrating sophisticated roles management, advanced workflow capabilities and intelligent reporting capabilities via the advanced edition.

The advanced edition also includes tools for data cleansing, policy framework design and the ability to define roles and entitlements using a simple drag and drop functionality, eliminating the need to write code.

Ron Hovsepian, CEO of Novell, said: “The emergence of virtual and cloud-driven business models has created new challenges around identity and access management. CIOs need a consistent, extensible platform for managing identities inside and outside the walls of their enterprise – or their cloud strategy will fail. Novell Identity Manager 4 delivers a secure, cloud-ready platform to address this challenge so customers can benefit from intelligent workload management.”

The beta programme for Novell Identity Manager 4 is already underway, with more than 50 large customers and partners worldwide actively participating.