NetIQ launches single sign-on appliances for cloud

News James Stirling Feb 20, 2013

New appliance is designed to help simplify secure access to cloud applications and services

NetIQ has launched new appliances designed to give businesses more secure access to apps and services in the cloud. 

CloudAccess 1.1 is a new appliance providing single sign-on access to cloud-based applications and services to organisations in a controlled, secure and automated way, the company claims. 

As such, CloudAccess 1.1 will enable businesses to take greater advantage of the additional business opportunities cloud services afford, without increased management complexity and security risks associated with ad-hoc access controls, NetIQ added. 

IT departments can use the appliance to control which services users can access without making changes to the authentication process for each service or application. Administrators can also provision services for users on an “as-needed” basis as well as de-provision them when they leave the company or no longer need access to these services.

The new appliance also sports connectors that automatically provision users to popular cloud-based applications, such as Google Apps, Salesforce and Office365, and some 200 verified connectors to SAML-enabled cloud applications. CloudAccess 1.1 also includes a Connector Toolkit that allows IT personnel and partners to extend these federation capabilities to any SAML-enabled third-party SaaS applications.

"Prior to CloudAccess 1.1, existing approaches to managing user access to external resources was a difficult and manual process – made even more complex in light of the demands of today's dynamic organisations," said, Kent Purdy, NetIQ's solution marketing manager.

"With CloudAccess 1.1, NetIQ is not just delivering cloud single sign-on but also simplifying IT's ability to successfully turn SaaS, cloud, mobility and other disruptive trends into business-enabling opportunities – starting with an ability to rapidly adopt new cloud services without compromising existing access controls, security best practices and compliance requirements."

The appliance is available from today and is offered on both a subscription basis and perpetual license.

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