Novell has launched a new line of "desktop-to-data centre" management products.

The company introduced three new products and one upgraded product that Novell representatives say will help enterprise IT managers manage multiple client and server platforms.

"Novell is introducing a cross-platform inter-operable solution designed to maximise physical and virtual resources," said Joe Wagner, general manager of systems and resource management. To start, Novell debuted its ZENworks Orchestrator product, which allows for policy-based automation of managed resources. The software learns systems performance and so can predict demand, Novell claimed.

Virtual Machine Management has also been added to the ZENworks management platform, which will let you add and manage virtualisation from vendors such as VMware and Microsoft, as well as the Xen hypervisor open-source server virtualization software. It can also manage virtualised environments in Novell Open Enterprise Server, and runs on Windows, Unix and Linux. Competitors CA , Opsware and IBM have rolled out similar tools in recent weeks.

Novell's third new product, ZENworks HPC (High Performance Computing) Management, performs grid-based management of Java applications across parallel systems. Multi-cast data distribution capabilities let users move and copy large volumes of data to remote resources for processing, according to Novell.

Lastly, Novell updated its ZENworks Asset Management software to Version 7.5. It adds "readiness reports" for Windows Vista and Novell's SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10, as well as asset inventory, software usage and license reconciliation for both Windows and Linux.

ZENworks 7.5 Asset Management is available now and priced at $33 per managed device or user. The three new products are scheduled to be available in December. Novell will release pricing for the new products when they ship.