Novell has announced the worldwide availability of Novell ZENworks Configuration Management, the latest addition to its systems management portfolio that helps companies reduce IT complexity while lowering costs.

This flexible, easy-to-use solution for configuration management allows companies to add patch, asset and endpoint security management capabilities to meet the specific needs of their IT environments. As a result, companies can centrally manage their IT resources to meet compliance and auditing needs, ease costs, improve security, and streamline business processes.
ZENworks Configuration Management provides the critical information and tools companies need for regulatory compliance, asset and license auditing, business continuity and process improvement. With integrated, best-in-class enterprise reporting from BusinessObjects incorporated in ZENworks Configuration Management, IT administrators can turn raw data into actionable reports for better decision making and process management.
The ZENworks Control Center, an integrated console, allows administrators to easily address configuration, reporting, patch and asset management from a single location.
For organisations looking to mitigate growing security threats, ZENworks Configuration Management Advanced and Enterprise editions provide robust endpoint security management technology from the recently announced acquisition of Senforce Technologies. These tools protect endpoint devices from malware, data theft and unauthorized wireless access.
Additionally, advanced asset and patch management capabilities ensure accurate and secure systems, while reducing the time and effort spent tracking licenses or patching vulnerable desktops.
"Customers are looking for comprehensive solutions to help them reduce complexity and simplify management," says Allison Singh, systems engineering manager at Novell South Africa. "In less than 30 minutes, users can install ZENworks Configuration Management and start to experience a new level of reduced administration, tighter security and compliance, and higher user productivity."
The first management solution on the market to natively support both Microsoft Active Directory and Novell eDirectoryTM, ZENworks Configuration Management enables identity-based systems management, giving customers greater flexibility and choice in managing their IT infrastructures.
The product runs on Microsoft Windows, Linux and Novell Open Enterprise Server for Linux, enabling customers to choose the platform that works best for their environments. This powerful management solution automates software setup, updates, healing and migration for various Windows operating systems, including Windows Vista.