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Security is the #1 barrier to cloud adoption


July 23, 2009 4:22 am





Managing user access, data storage and compliance are critical issues for most organizations. Currently, enterprise organizations that wish to do business in the cloud are offered limited, predesigned security features that are packaged as a part of a cloud provider’s service agreement. Cloud and SaaS providers are beginning to see that security is the #1 barrier to cloud adoption and are looking for ways to offer tailored security features that will lead to better success selling to larger enterprises.

With more than 15 years in the identity and access management industry, Novell understands that “cookie-cutter” security offerings inhibit the promise of flexibility, automation and scalability cloud computing offers. Cloud computing will not be successful if enterprise organizations are forced to sacrifice security policies in order to conduct business in the cloud. Cloud assets used by an enterprise must be treated as an extension of the data center. This includes the ability to seamlessly manage security policies, enforce regulatory compliance and conduct prudent business practices in the cloud.

This week we announced Novell Cloud Security Service, a solution that will help Cloud Providers and SaaS vendors assure their offerings meet the unique and strict security and compliance standards required by global businesses. This assurance is backed by more than 60 cloud-related patents and patent applications as well as Novell’s strong reputation for developing interoperable technologies that work harmoniously in mixed IT environments.  You can read more about this news in eWeek, Computerworld and Network World.

The Novell Cloud Security Service is currently in a limited private beta with select customers, including PivotLink. Both organizations will preview capabilities of Novell Cloud Security Service during an industry-wide interoperability demonstration at Burton Group Catalyst Conference, Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.  Visit for information. Be sure to check back next week to receive a recap of the interop demo via podcast from Novell’s cloud security experts.

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