Novell and Vodacom Business have announced a partnership that will integrate much of Novell’s Intelligent Workload Management portfolio including: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Platespin Virtualisation and Workload Management, and Identity and Security solutions into the network provider’s cloud hosting solutions.

 The partnership is aimed at helping businesses across Africa securely provision, manage and monitor multi-tenant applications deployed from Vodacom Business’s cloud infrastructure.
As businesses move to the cloud, successfully managing all aspects of infrastructure technology including service quality, security and availability, become more critical. Customers need comprehensive information about their physical and virtual server environments to obtain a true picture of how resources are being used, especially when trying to scale and rapidly provision workloads.
Vodacom Business is using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell and virtualisation and workload management solutions including PlateSpin Recon, PlateSpin Migrate and PlateSpin Protect from Novell to respond to growing business demands, improve server workload performance, reduce energy consumption and lower costs.
A major benefit of cloud computing is the flexible on-demand model that allows enterprises to rapidly acquire additional computing power only when needed. However, this presents significant security and audit challenges. Today's regulations require a complete audit trail when demonstrating identity and security compliance. Vodacom Business will leverage Novell identity and security management solutions to give customers the ability to treat their cloud assets as an extension of the data centre. Integration of security and identity into cloud resources is a core tenet of Novell’s Intelligent Workload Management technologies allowing policies and procedures for regulatory compliance and prudent business practices will be enforced ubiquitously.
“Cloud computing will change the way companies do business. The service delivery model is vastly scalable and less resource and energy intensive, enabling organisations to purchase robust and reliable infrastructure and application services for a reduced cost.” says Richard Vester, executive head of hosted services, Vodacom Business. “However, security concerns are inhibiting the adoption of cloud computing. Our partnership with Novell enables us to deliver infrastructure and application services that can support our customers’ specific security policies and regulatory compliance requirements.”