HOUSTON, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NetIQ(®) today announced CloudAccess 1.1, a single sign-on virtual appliance that enables IT teams to more quickly and easily manage the onslaught of cloud applications and services in a controlled, secure and automated manner. By delivering a consistent single sign-on experience to users, protecting corporate data and helping meet compliance demands, CloudAccess 1.1 facilitates additional business-enabling opportunities cloud services afford, without the management complexity and security risks associated with ad-hoc access controls.
Cloud-based applications and services contracted by business users usually circumvent existing IT access controls, making it difficult to ensure that the access users have is uniquely appropriate. Furthermore, the rate of adoption of cloud services continues to accelerate. According to industry analyst firm, Gartner, SaaS and cloud-based application services are expected to grow to $233.2 billion by 2016.
CloudAccess 1.1 is a self-contained virtual appliance that enables the IT team to extend the user's single sign-on experience to SaaS or other cloud applications while keeping access secure. It has feature-rich 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.
Unlike other Cloud single sign-on products, CloudAccess 1.1 also includes an advanced provisioning engine that will automatically create, manage and disable accounts on supported applications. As users onboard, change roles, require additional access or depart the business, CloudAccess 1.1 ensures that IT can secure and manage access to Cloud-based applications to prevent unauthorized access to services and meet governance requirements.
"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 organizations," said, Kent Purdy, solution marketing manager at NetIQ. "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."
Availability and Pricing
CloudAccess 1.1 is generally available today worldwide and offered on a subscription basis or perpetual license. For more information please visit www.netiq.com/cloudaccess.
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 Gartner, "Forecast Overview: Public Cloud Services, Worldwide, 2011-2016, 2Q12 Update," August 20, 2012.