Novell has launched a new version of ZenWorks, integrating four products into a single platform

ZenWorks 11 brings together ZenWorks Configuration Management, ZenWorks Asset Management, ZenWorks Patch Management and ZenWorks Endpoint Security Management providing what Novell calls a "single pane of glass." The new product is aimed at offering system administrators a way to manage devices, patch applications, secure endpoints, and track software licence compliance, working across physical and virtual environments.

The product also offers location awareness capabilities, which allows administrators to manage devices based on who's using them and where those devices are located. Other new features in ZenWorks 11 include the ability to configure Windows power management settings, perform out-of-band power management tasks using Intel's vPro, as well as enabling the management of Windows and Linux devices all from a single console.

"ZenWorks 11 builds on Novell's management heritage by delivering the industry's first identity-based, 'single pane of glass' solution to manage and secure endpoints across physical, virtual, and cloud environments," said Jim Ebzery, senior vice president and general manager for Security, Management and Operating Platforms at Novell. "Whether migrating to Windows 7 or managing remote offices, ZenWorks 11 allows organisations to manage users, minimise interruptions and improve service levels. ZenWorks 11 is core to our WorkloadIQ strategy and is specifically designed to grow and evolve as the emerging intelligent workload management market evolves."