Novell continues to push beyond the SUSE Linux market. Among the major moves: The company is beta testing Novell Cloud Security Service, which is scheduled for general availability in May or June, according to Novell sources attending the Parallels Summit in Miami. Here are the implications for hosting providers and cloud integrators.

First announced in July 2009, Novell Cloud Security Service "enables Cloud Providers and Software as a Service (SaaS) vendors to ensure their offerings meet the strict security and compliance standards required by global businesses."

The solution basically wraps identity, security, access and compliance management around cloud applications. Novell is striving to work with hosting partners and emerging companies that focus on infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS), notes Anita Moorthy, senior solutions marketing manager for cloud computing at Novell.

Dale Olds, a distinguished engineer at Novell, says that the solution is designed to protect multi-tenant applications with audit logs and other security safeguards. Also, Novell will introduce a white label program for hosted and managed services providers interested in the cloud security service.

"For MSPs that are focused on network security, they're leaving additional security revenue on the table," says Olds. "Identity and access management are real opportunities for cloud providers."

Novell's marketing push beyond SUSE Linux remains critically important. The company is set to announce quarterly results on February 25. And over the last few quarters, Novell hasn't shown much momentum outside of the SUSE business.

Still, new efforts are under way. Novell Cloud Security Service is part of a broader Intelligent Workload Management (IWM) initiative at the company.

Novell and dozens of other technology companies converged in Miami this week for Parallels Summit 2010. The event focuses mostly on Web hosts, but MSPs and so-called cloud integrators are here in full force. As are giants like Microsoft and the Google Apps reseller team.