Novell has announced the general availability of its cloud security service.

A part of its Novell's WorkloadIQ product portfolio and a critical part of Novell's broader identity and security suite, the company said that it will give cloud providers the ability to deliver secure access and compliance in the cloud for their customers.

It claimed that with Novell Cloud Security Service, enterprises can extend their identity infrastructure to any public cloud and any changes that are made to their users or permissions are immediately replicated in the cloud environment, thus ensuring one consistent identity and security framework for the enterprise, regardless of where the computing is actually taking place.

According to Novell, it is the first multi-tenant identity and access management solution that provides just-in-time provisioning, authentication, authorisation and support for compliance.

The service is hosted in the cloud, either where the provider hosts its application or via a Novell hosting partner. A user can log on directly or via the enterprise identity system. The service first verifies the identity and if successful, will generate an identity token in the format needed by the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider.

Once inside the application, the application connectors that are provided with the service capture deep page-level user activity and provide the audit stream for compliance purposes.

Jim Ebzery, senior vice president and general manager, security, management and operating platforms at Novell, said: “Today's enterprises are embracing cloud services while continuing their investment in their physical and virtual data centres.

“To support these efforts, Novell offers this set of provisioning, access, security and compliance products for IT organisations and cloud providers. Novell Cloud Security Service complements Novell's comprehensive suite of identity and security solutions. Our goal is to give our customers the ability to take advantage of the economic benefits of cloud computing while also mitigating risk and maintaining compliance.”

Jim Reavis, co-founder and executive director of the Cloud Security Alliance, said: “Novell's ability to deliver a complete set of provisioning, access, security and compliance solutions that help both organisations and cloud providers control access, monitor activity and provide compliance is yet another example of their leadership in this area.

“The Cloud Security Alliance is working closely with Novell to address many of the trust concerns end-user organisations have with cloud computing, including issues that go beyond just technology solutions.”