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Food firm chooses open source for ID management

Food processing firm Kepak Group has chosen open source identity management software to control access to its Europe-wide network.

Kepak, which processes meat and other foods, selected Sirius Corporation to deploy an OpenLDAP-based identity management system on the network that links its 2,000 staff across the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy and Germany.

The move follows Kepak’s successful deployment of an open source-based e-mail system, also provided by Sirius, at the food firm’s offices in Ireland and the UK.

The company is seeking to benefit from a secure, standards-based platform that is free from licensing charges and secures the firm’s IT investment from the threat of “lock-in”, where users find themselves tied to proprietary products.

Kepak’s IT manager, Chris Whelan, said, “Three years ago I realised that many proprietary networking solutions are just open source ‘under the hood’. It didn't make sense to spend money on licensing a product that was essentially free. Sirius Corporation give us the expertise to deploy enterprise-class open source technologies with confidence.”


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