Case Study: Database Platform security solution in Private Cloud – Logistics company

The Client is an Australian freight logistics company, operating in railway freight and shipping. The company embarked on a major project to migrate their core applications and databases to a managed platform private Cloud. This private Cloud service comprised of Oracle Exadata and Exalogic technology platforms.

OBJECTIVES

Fusion Professionals were engaged to provide database platform security solution for their enterprise users to access the databases hosted on their newly deployed private cloud using their existing enterprise directory credentials and permissions.

The assignment included the evaluating users requirements, architecting the right solution, designing the highly available deployment to deploying and transiting the efficient solution in a timely and efficient manner with the least impact to the business. We were able to bring our invaluable experience in Cloud Platforms, Data Management and Solution Architecture key areas to deliver the best outcome to the business.

SOLUTION

After current state review, various products assessments and solution feasibility analysis, Oracle Unified Directory (OUD) product and Enterprise User Security (EUS) features from Oracle Database were used to simplify the authentication and authorisation capabilities by allowing users to leverage user identities stored in existing LDAP-compliant enterprise Active directory service without any additional synchronisation.

Private Cloud users connect to Oracle Database by providing credentials that are stored in existing corporate LDAP-compliant active directory front-ended by Oracle Unified Directory proxy server. The database executes LDAP search operations to query user specific authentication and authorisation information.

Solution reused existing investment in security platform thus reducing the cost and used existing identities stored in Active directory thus reducing business impact.

BEST IN DATA MANAGEMENT

Our expertise in the database technologies and services required for Oracle Exadata resulted a robust and rapid solution delivery to maximise the return on cloud technology investment. Implementation risk were reduced by leveraging our proven transition methodology, experience and management services.

BEST IN SOLUTION ARCHITECTURE

Fusion Professionals’ success has historically stemmed from its Architecture services and our wealth of experience in this area aided the success of the database security in private cloud by ensuring a pragmatic approach to the Solution Architecture Design.

BEST IN CLOUD PLATFORMS

The project prospered from Fusion Professionals specialism in Cloud Infrastructure (Exadata and Exalogic) and Oracle Database technologies, outlining best practices, known pitfalls when securing databases and alternative solutions to common access patterns, risk, compliance and business impact issues. At every stage creating detailed documentation for architecture, design, deployment, and transition ensured successful solution deployment.

TECHNICAL AND BUSINESS BENEFITS

The general consensus from the Post Implementation Review was that Fusion Professionals’ successful interaction and contribution to the project not only improved the quality of the end solution but indeed made it possible within the time-frame. Enabling new features and reducing cost the IT department had never thought possible and ultimately resulting in the business being able to proceed with its long term goals and strategies.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Created highly-available, robust, reliable and cost-effective database platform security solution.
  • Defined successful design and deployment procedures with necessary supporting documentation.
  • Successfully deployed the solution to protect and secure the databases with less cost.

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