SAP, headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, is instantly recognizable as one of the World’s IT giants. Originally known for leadership in enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, SAP has evolved to become a market leader in end-to-end enterprise application software, database, analytics, intelligent technologies, and experience management. A top cloud company with 200 million users worldwide, SAP helps businesses of all sizes and in all industries to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and achieve their purpose.
SAP describe themselves as “The world’s #1 cloud business software company”. With turnover of €27.553 billion in 2019, SAP employs with more than 99,700 people, and help over 437,000 customers worldwide including 91% of Forbes Global 2000 companies.
SAP use the Open Source Directory Server OpenLDAP as a part of their Identity Management infrastructure. Serving a user base of over 1,500 users, SAP approached Sirius as the leading Consultants for Enterprise-Class OpenLDAP implementation and integration.
There were multiple requirements:
- Extend OpenLDAP for use as the secure backend for SSH certificate management
- Allow multiple servers to authenticate users logging in via SSH using public keys stored in a central OpenLDAP directory
- Allow multiple servers to authorize users for SSH access using LDAP groups
- Use OpenLDAP as the authentication source for MacOS Desktops
OpenLDAP is the perfect platform-neutral, high-performance, low-cost solution to Identity Management and Directory Service needs, giving economic scaling through an Enterprise-Class Open Source solution.
Engaging with a mix of Consultancy and on-the-ground Deployment Project work and Systems Integration, Sirius worked with SAP’s internal team to successfully implement, secure, bed-in and test the required features.
OpenLDAP was successfully deployed in all of SAP’s needed scenarios on-time and within budget. Total functionality delivered at a fraction of a cost of alternative proprietary solutions, and giving a platform-neutral base ready for future developments without proprietary lock-in.
SAP went on to choose Sirius as their 24/7/365 Support partner to provide expert level support for the new system.
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