NetIQ released this week a single sign-on virtual appliance designed to enable organizations to quickly and easily manage cloud applications and services in a controlled, secure and automated manner.

The new appliance, called CloudAccess 1.1, facilitates the use of cloud services without the management complexity and security risks associated with ad-hoc access controls, NetIQ said.

Cloud-based applications and services can circumvent existing IT access controls, making it difficult to ensure that the access users have is appropriate.  The CloudAccess 1.1 appliance enables companies to extend the user’s single sign-on experience to software-as-a-service (SaaS) or other cloud services while keeping access secure, according to the company.

CloudAccess 1.1 features connectors that automatically provision users to popular cloud-based applications such as Google Apps, Salesforce and Office365. It also includes an advanced provisioning engine that the vendor said can automatically create, manage and disable accounts on supported applications.

“Prior to CloudAccess 1.1, existing approaches to managing user access to external resources was a difficult and manual process, made even more complex in light of the demands of today’s dynamic organizations,” Kent Purdy, solution marketing manager at NetIQ, said in a statement.

CloudAccess 1.1 is generally available worldwide and offered as a subscription or under license.