Novell Access Manager now with built-in support for WS-Federation

Novell Access Manager 3.1 now offers built-in support for WS-federation, a single sign-on feature typically offered in costly, supplementary federated identity products.

Leveraging Novell’s technical collaboration with Microsoft, Novell Access Manager 3.1 offers support for WS-Federation, one of the WS standard set of interoperable access and authentication standards, allowing organizations to easily and securely share business data in mixed-source IT environments. As a result, Novell Access Manager enables IT security administrators to grant non-Windows directory users, partners or organizations, single sign-on access to Microsoft web-based products such as Microsoft Office SharePoint.

In today’s heterogeneous IT infrastructure, identity information is often stored in multiple locations and application-specific identity stores, such as Microsoft Active Directory – the identity store for authenticating users to Microsoft Office SharePoint. Novell Access Manager leverages WS-Federation to provide single sign-on for users that are not primarily located in Microsoft Active Directory.

Novell Access Manager provides a secure and simple way to federate identities from any LDAP directory into a Microsoft infrastructure, eliminating the need to purchase a separate identity federation product. This cost and time-saving feature is important for organizations that need an access management solution that supports a broad range of platforms and directory services in complex multi-vendor computing environments.

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