Novell partners to ease network sign-ons

Novell and Passlogix have teamed to integrate Passlogix v-GO single sign-on technology with future Novell Internet services products, such as ZENworks network management and iChain e-business products and services.

The solution will let network administrators more easily enable single sign-ons to a network from Windows 32 clients, Windows desktops, groupware applications, host emulator/mainframes, and Web browsers.

According to Marc Boroditsky, CEO of Passlogix, the integrated Novell-Passlogix product will be able to "intelligently respond to any kind of log-on request".

Single sign-on technology lets users access multiple applications with one log-on and one password, reducing password administration needs.

Scott Belnap, product marketing manager at Novell, said the integration of Novell's Single Sign-On API set and application connectors with Passlogix' v-GO will also offer stronger security that leverages NDS Secret Store, an NDS schema extension that holds passwords, authentication keys, and other "secret" information.

Novell's Single Sign-On requires a connector to be written for connecting to each application. Passlogix v-Go does not allow users to modify applications or to develop custom interfaces, according to the companies.

"We've extended the services offered right now on the network to wherever the user is working and however they're working," Boroditsky added. "We're extending network services down to the desktop and continuing to apply [single sign-on] to user log-ons regardless of how they're accessing the network."

"Our technologies are complementary in the area of single sign-on," Belnap said. Partnering with Passlogix gives Novell the chance to broaden the number of applications it supports with single sign-on technology.

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