Novell Delivers Industry's First Log Management Software Appliance

Novell Sentinel Log Manager 1.1 simplifies compliance and improves security by streamlining deployment and facilitating IT transparency through data collection, search and reporting capabilities

29 June 2010

Novell today announced the availability of Novell Sentinel Log Manager 1.1, the industry's first log management solution available as a software appliance. An integral part of Novell's security management portfolio, Novell® Sentinel™ Log Manager simplifies compliance with regulatory requirements and improves an organization's security posture. Built using SUSE® Studio™ Novell's web-based appliance building solution, Sentinel Log Manager helps customers significantly reduce deployment cost and installation complexity in today's highly distributed and virtualized IT environments.

As the traditional enterprise perimeter expands to accommodate new business models and objectives, managing risk and compliance has become a critical business priority. Customers require solutions without the added expense or burden of replacing existing infrastructure. By deploying Novell Sentinel Log Manager as a software appliance, customers can get started in minutes and eliminate time-consuming maintenance processes with its self-updating features. Sentinel Log Manager 1.1 provides a cost efficient, scalable and multi-tenant log management tool with visibility into IT infrastructure activities to improve security and simplify regulatory compliance requirements.

"Software appliances are the next evolutionary step for software delivery, allowing hardware to be decoupled from the software creating adaptable mechanisms for deployment and management," said Charles Kolodgy, research vice president at IDC. "To quickly address the threat environment, enterprises must have flexibility in deploying security applications. This form factor can directly leverage the increasingly virtualized infrastructure within data centers, and it is capable of deploying to cloud computing environments to expand the potential utilization of security information and event management."

Novell Sentinel Log Manager 1.1 is the latest product to ship from Novell's product roadmap for the intelligent workload management market. Product enhancements include distributed search capabilities that cut through the complexity of accessing event data by enabling customers to search events from several on- or off-premise servers for compliance management and forensics investigations. Hundreds of pre-configured templates help customers quickly and easily generate compliance attestation reports. Novell Sentinel Log Manager also uses non-proprietary storage technology to deliver unsurpassed data integrity and greater storage flexibility resulting in overall reduced cost and complexity.

"Delivering log management as a software appliance is a revolutionary approach that allows our customers to immediately derive value from their log management solution," said Prasad Jayaraman, CEO of Qubera Solutions. "Sentinel Log Manager 1.1 delivers immediate functionality in minutes without requiring expensive proprietary hardware appliances. It also enables our customers to optimize their virtual infrastructure investments."

Novell Sentinel Log Manager easily integrates with Novell Sentinel and the Novell Identity Management suite providing organizations an easy path to identity-aware security event and information management. Real-time monitoring and remediation of network events allow customers to correlate identities, systems and data to deliver a centralized view of business operations, so organizations can continuously enforce security and access-related policies, making it easy to manage risk and prove compliance.

"The Novell Sentinel Log Manager appliance, powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise, is a cost effective and robust enterprise log management tool that helps customers quickly and efficiently scale their security and regulatory compliance efforts," said Jim Ebzery, senior vice president and general manager, Security, Management and Operating Platforms, Novell. "The Sentinel Log Manager appliance is yet another proof point that Novell is executing on its strategy to lead the rapidly growing intelligent workload management market. Customers are looking for solutions that integrate operating systems, middleware and applications in a single form factor that solves a critical business problem. Log management is one of the most pressing issues facing CISOs today, and this new appliance will help them resolve those challenges with a solution that is easy to install and manage."

Sentinel Log Manager 1.1 is available as a software appliance powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise 11. Novell Sentinel Log Manager (SLM) includes a free SUSE Linux Enterprise subscription and SLM software update service. More information can be found at

SUSE Linux Enterprise is Novell's award-winning enterprise Linux distribution and SUSE Studio is a key technology component of the SUSE Appliance Program, a comprehensive business and technology program that helps independent software vendors (ISVs) simplify appliance creation, reduce development and support costs, and extend applications to the cloud.

Software appliances are pre-configured combinations of an application, middleware and operating system integrated into a single image and tailored to run on industry-standard platforms. More information about the SUSE Appliance Program may be found at

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