Novell Inc., a leading provider of infrastructure software, recently announced the launch of Novell cloud manager. This new solution will allow users to create and manage cloud computing environment more efficiently as compared with proprietary technology stacks.

With the official launch of Cloud Manager, Novell continues to proceed on the path of cloud computing, which includes its WorkloadIQ product roadmap, a series of products catering to the needs of intelligent workload management (IWM). Novell’s Cloud Manager makes it easy for customers to build and keep tabs on their private cloud computing environments as an extension of existing data center resources.

WorkloadIQ assists in integrating identity and security into information technology (IT) workloads, thereby enabling customers to deliver IT services to end users across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

Novell Cloud Manager helps clients speed up their IT services. It automatically creates and deploys workloads into the virtual environment based on some pre-defined workload templates. This shortens workload provisioning time span, making the entire process faster and smoother.

Built from the ground up as a cloud computing management platform, Novell Cloud Manager is one of the few cloud management products to offer a single, comprehensive console that all stakeholders – business unit leaders, application teams and IT management – can use to request, approve, manage and report on IT services across their entire infrastructure. It is hypervisor-agnostic, which is becoming more important as today’s enterprises increasingly deploy a mix of hypervisors in their data centers.

Novell Cloud Manager currently supports multiple hypervisors such as VMware Inc.’s vSphere, Microsoft Corp.’s Hyper-V and open source Xen. The solution also supports operating systems such as SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Microsoft Windows Server and Red Hat Inc’s Enterprise Linux.

This flexibility allows clients to select only what they really need, thereby reducing unnecessary hardware and software costs. Moreover, the Cloud Manager ensures security and privacy to the cloud. A built in connector to Novell Sentinel allows security managers to correlate events from Novell Cloud Manager with other events detected in the cloud or any other location.

Novell is very optimistic about its new Cloud Manager though it will face stiff competition from VMware Lifecycle Mnager, DynamicOPS VRM, BMC Software Inc.’s Cloud Lifecycle Manager and Hewlett Packard Co.’s Insight Orchestration.