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Intelligent Workload Management

Balancing flexibility and control in the cloud

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Activity in the cloud must be governed by the business policies that are set by the enterprise. The enterprise needs to be able to impose its policies on the cloud, instead of just taking whatever the cloud vendor offers as "standard security."


Workloads residing in the cloud must work with existing and new management frameworks that integrate the cloud into the existing pools of physical and virtual computing resources. In addition, they must plug in to a business service management layer.


Compute resources are shared in a cloud, which makes processing performance optimization capabilities mandatory. Cloud-based workloads must be able to recognize when they reach capacity and find additional computing capacity to meet any spike in demand. Users must have unimpeded, secure and compliant access to the full computing services they need to do their jobs right.

Finally, a Cloud Computing Model that Holds Water

Intelligent workload management enables you to put the cloud in context. Every article in the IT trade press may be talking about cloud computing, but the reality is that you want to use the cloud where it makes sense, when it makes sense and only if you can obtain guaranteed levels of security and compliance. Intelligent workload management delivers one integrated approach to managing resources across physical, virtual and cloud environments, and views the management of all three pools of resources through the prism of identity and security.

How Novell Delivers Intelligent Workload Management

Novell has a differentiated approach to intelligent workload management that leverages our 26-year history of delivering identity management solutions that work in heterogeneous environments. Novell offers solutions for each of the four phases of intelligent workload management: build, secure, manage and measure. Let's take a look at each:

  • Tools and capabilities to BUILD workloads. These already exist within our Linux business, and especially with the SUSE Appliance Program that enables independent software vendors (ISVs) to create appliances combining their applications with the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform in one integrated package for end-customer deployment. The next step is integrating identity into workloads.
  • The ability to SECURE workloads. Identity and security management are core Novell strengths.
  • The ability to MANAGE workloads. Novell, with the combination of our ZENworks Configuration Management and PlateSpin Workload Management solutions, has a strong product suite to address this requirement.
  • The ability to MEASURE workloads and tie them to business performance. With the acquisition of Managed Objects, Novell obtained the business service management (BSM) tools that enable us to deliver against this core customer requirement. Our next step-coming in 2010-is to integrate business service management with security information and event monitoring (SIEM) tools.

Novell brings essential capabilities to the intelligent workload management market. No other enterprise IT vendor offers all of these capabilities.

A Sneak Peek Over the Horizon

Novell has been dedicated to developing industry-leading technology for heterogeneous environments for many years. Our product portfolio reflects this, as many of our offerings fit neatly into the Build, Secure, Manage and Measure model that is the foundation of the intelligent workload management market. (See Figure 1.)

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Core to the Novell approach to intelligent workload management is the unique integration of our market-leading identity and security technologies into products that address customer challenges across the entire IWM lifecycle.

Throughout 2010, Novell will introduce eight new products that further extend the solutions the company already has in place for intelligent workload management. Among these new products is a toolkit to help ISVs create and deploy appliances, which features integrated management and security and a new self-service provisioning tool that enables enterprises to build and manage public and private clouds. Also planned is a major upgrade to the Novell identity management suite to help enterprise customers manage and provision identities inside and outside their four walls.

In addition, Novell will release the Novell Cloud Security Service, which allows enterprise system administrators to seamlessly control end-user security policies between cloud environments and their existing data centers, with single sign-on capability.

In 2010, Novell will also launch Novell Workshop, a tool to build intelligent workloads with embedded manageability, security and compliance for both Linux and Windows applications. And Novell will continue to build on its industry-leading PlateSpin suite of products, enlarging it by three new products that will help customers manage and move workloads within and across their physical and virtual environments. These new products will further integrate and extend management capabilities to the cloud to ensure optimal execution of workloads both on- and off-site.

Making IT Work As One. Again.

Today, organizations are already using technologies to build, secure, manage and measure compliant environments that include many interoperating technologies and platforms. These are the foundations of intelligent workload management and can be implemented using current technologies and solutions from Novell and its ecosystem of partners. Moreover, Novell has additional products in the pipeline that will enable enterprises to deploy and manage identity-aware, secure and compliant intelligent workloads. Workloads that maximize both flexibility and control.

Read more:
1 Goldman Sachs IT Spending Survey, March 2009
2 IDC eXchange, " New IDC IT Cloud Services Survey: Top Benefits and Challenges," ( December 15, 2009


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    The unique Novell approach to intelligent workload management offers enable secure, policy-based computing across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

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