Cloudera Strengthens Hadoop Security with Acquisition of Gazzang

Gazzang LogoCloudera, a leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop™, today announced that it has acquired Gazzang, the big data security experts, to dramatically strengthen its security offerings, building on the roadmap laid out last year when Cloudera first delivered Sentry. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The addition will immediately deliver enterprise-grade data encryption and key management, addressing head on the challenges associated with securing and processing sensitive and legally protected data within the Hadoop ecosystem. Thus fulfilling a requirement in myriad compliance regulations like HIPAA-HITECH, PCI-DSS, FERPA and the EU Data Protection Directive.

While Cloudera customers will continue to have a choice of a broad range of cross-platform data protection methods available from Cloudera partners, Cloudera now offers encryption for all data-at-rest stored inside the Hadoop cluster – using an approach that is transparent to applications using the data, thereby minimizing the costs associated with enabling encryption.

Cloudera plans to focus the efforts of the Gazzang team on additional security challenges in Hadoop. The team will become the heart of the Cloudera Center for Security Excellence focusing exclusively on Hadoop security. The Center will focus on:

Comprehensive data and cluster security technologies – including “follow the data” authorization and encryption policies riding on Cloudera’s data lineage tracking capabilities.
Security testing and certification – including continuous vulnerability assessment, performance optimization, and developing regulatory compliance playbooks.
Security ecosystem partner enablement – developing security integration APIs and certifying partner products.

In addition to immediately providing a transparent data-at-rest encryption and key management solution to enterprise customers – addressing one of the biggest gaps in Hadoop security – Cloudera, Intel and Gazzang form a powerful team of big data security and silicon performance optimization expertise that will improve security in core Hadoop through the open source community.

Cloudera is continuing to invest broadly in the open source community to support and accelerate security features into project Rhino—an open source effort founded by Intel in early 2013. Project Rhino is a broad based open source security architecture addressing many of the major pillars of enterprise security including: perimeter security, entitlements and access control and data protection.

“Data security is no longer a checkbox for IT organizations or operations departments, it has become a top business priority,” said Tom Reilly, chief executive officer, Cloudera. “At the same time compliance requirements for protecting data continue to expand in scope where data access comes under scrutiny. We’re entering a whole new era with the rise of the Industrial Internet and the Internet of Things where there is vastly more data being streamed from billions of devices. Centralizing and accessing that net-new data to unlock its value is therefore a challenge when you consider the security requirements. That’s what we’re solving now.”

Simplifying the process of injecting core security features such as encryption and key management into highly scalable environments will enable customers to move beyond test and development workloads to real-world implementations much more quickly and easily. For example, companies that are weighing the value of putting workloads in public cloud environments against security concerns will now be able to move forward by putting in place additional process-based access controls. This limits access to encrypted data only to authorized system functions – rather than specific users or roles – so a cloud administrator, who likely does not need access to the sensitive encrypted data, cannot run commands that grant them access. This is critical for compliance initiatives that require organizations to restrict data access based on “business need to know.”

“Enterprises are adopting big data solutions, despite what some mainstream press has stated, but only when they can address data security and compliance requirements. That Cloudera can now address the enterprise’s most critical security requirement — data encryption — directly into the platform is a big win for security-sensitive customers,” said Adrian Lane of the analyst firm Securosis. “What’s more, Gazzang’s transparent form of encryption scales right along with NoSQL clusters, so Cloudera customers get data security at big data scale. This is an astute acquisition by Cloudera.”

Today a rapidly growing number of large enterprises are building enterprise data hubs built on Hadoop to address a wide variety of data challenges and increasingly to work with data in more ways, not only for processing and archiving, but now for self-service BI and advanced analytics. The success of Hadoop has also drawn the attention of big, established players in the market, including most leading enterprise software companies. Many with decades of experience serving large and demanding customers now are building out software and systems that incorporate Hadoop.

Cloudera has driven enterprise capabilities and more power into the Hadoop platform than any other company as evidenced by the incorporation of real- time query with its open source Cloudera Impala; real-time search support with Lucene and Solr; security with Cloudera’s Apache Sentry project; integrated governance, compliance, reporting and disaster recovery—all on to the Hadoop platform.

Cloudera plans to incorporate Gazzang’s technology into its Cloudera Enterprise offering. Existing customers will benefit immediately as the new products become part of the company’s existing offering. Cloudera will provide support for the Gazzang customer base.

Cloudera Strengthens Hadoop Security with Acquisition of Gazzang

Gazzang Appoints Peter Schlosser as Vice President of Worldwide Sales

Gazzang LogoGazzang, the big data security experts, today announced the appointment of Peter Schlosser as vice president of worldwide sales.

Schlosser is a seasoned executive with more than twenty years of experience leading high-performing teams in sales, business development, marketing and operations, from start-ups to mid-size organizations in the commercial and public sector. At Gazzang, Schlosser will draw on his expertise in big data, analytics, data integration and quality and enterprise services to expand the company’s direct and indirect sales efforts.

“Gazzang is one of the strongest brands in big data security and boasts an impressive roster of customers including some of big data’s earliest adopters,” said Schlosser. “We have a tremendous opportunity in front of us, and I look forward to building on the company’s success working alongside our customers and partners.”

Prior to Gazzang, Schlosser was vice president of sales at Talend, a provider of open source data integration and management software. He joined the company from SunVest, where he was vice president of field operations contributing to $1 billion in annual sales and converting 78 projects during his tenure. Schlosser has also held executive sales and marketing roles at Lawson/Intentia, marchFist (USWeb/CKS), Packard Bell/Reveal and Asymtrix.

“Peter brings a wealth of experience in big data and open source that will help us identify and seize new opportunities in this rapidly expanding market,” said Larry Warnock, CEO of Gazzang. “We’re excited to have him lead our expanding, global sales force.”

Gazzang Appoints Peter Schlosser as Vice President of Worldwide Sales

Gazzang Sees Record 2013 Growth

Gazzang LogoGazzang, the big data security experts, today announced year-end results for 2013, posting revenue growth of more than 250 percent year over year. The company also more than doubled its global employee base in 2013.

“The demand for data encryption and key management in big data and cloud environments has never been greater,” said Larry Warnock, CEO of Gazzang. “Our performance in the fourth quarter and for the full year is a result of our continued product innovation, commitment to customer service and ongoing investment in our partnerships. As enterprises migrate more sensitive business data and processes to the cloud, I expect to see increased demand for our high-performance, massively scalable data security solutions.”

Year-end highlights for 2013 include:

  • Strong sales: Enterprise customer wins and expansions during the year included a global provider of healthcare products, office supplies and industrial equipment; an integrated managed health-care consortium; a multinational pharmaceutical company; a global provider of insurance, annuities and benefits programs; and one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies.
  • Product innovation: Gazzang enhanced its product portfolio with Gazzang CloudEncrypt™, a solution purpose-built to secure data in-flight and at-rest within Amazon EMR. The company also expanded the use cases for its encryption and key management products, zNcrypt™ and zTrustee™ respectively. Gazzang also announced a security solution for GlusterFS-backed OpenStack public and private clouds, and became first security solution to be made available for the Rackspace managed and public Cloud Big Data platforms.
  • Industry accolades: Gazzang was named a finalist for SC Magazine’s Rookie Security Company of the Year, recognized as an Emerging Vendor in Security by CRN and named one of Database Trends and Applications “100 companies that matter most in data.” The company was also named to the Austin ‘A List’ by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive. In addition, Gazzang zTrustee, the company’s software-based key management solution, was recognized for “Innovation in Cloud Security” at the 2013 Info Security Products Guide Global Excellence Awards.
Gazzang Sees Record 2013 Growth

Gazzang Posts Strongest Quarter to Date and Doubles Revenue Growth

Gazzang LogoGazzang, the big data security experts, today announced that the company doubled revenues during the first half of 2013 compared to the second half of 2012. Gazzang also announced the recently completed second quarter was its strongest quarter to date and included the largest customer win in company history.

“We saw tremendous sales growth among the Fortune 500 that I expect will continue as we bring more innovative security solutions to market and strengthen our relationships with leading big data and cloud providers.”

“The first half of 2013 was a proving-ground for our encryption and key management solutions in the big data market,” said Larry Warnock, CEO of Gazzang. “We saw tremendous sales growth among the Fortune 500 that I expect will continue as we bring more innovative security solutions to market and strengthen our relationships with leading big data and cloud providers.”

First half highlights for 2013 include:

  • Strong sales: New customer wins include a Fortune 500 financial services company; one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies; a global provider of insurance, annuities and benefits programs; a data analytics company focused on education; and a healthcare mobile application provider among others.
  • Product innovation: Gazzang expanded its product portfolio with Gazzang CloudEncrypt™, a solution purpose-built to secure data in-flight and at-rest within Amazon EMR while allowing customers to maintain complete control of their encryption keys. The company also announced high-performance transparent data encryption and key management for organizations running GlusterFS-backed OpenStack clouds.
  • DevOps Enhancements: Gazzang upgraded its Chef and Puppet scripts and developed new Ansible scripts for fast, automated Gazzang zNcrypt™ deployments in cloud and big data environments.
  • Industry Accolades: Gazzang was recognized as an Emerging Vendor in Security by CRN and was named one of Database Trends and Applications 100 “companies that matter most in data.” Gazzang zTrustee™, the company’s software-based key management solution, was recognized for “Innovation in Cloud Security” at the 2013 Info Security Products Guide Global Excellence Awards.
  • Executive Growth: Gazzang added to its leadership team by naming Brian Brogan as vice president of worldwide sales, Alexander Bibighaus as vice president of engineering, Eddie Garcia as vice president of information security and services, and Sam Heywood as vice president of marketing.
  • Employee Headcount: The increase in sales and market awareness enabled Gazzang to grow employee headcount 50 percent during the first half of the year with new hires in all departments.

 

Gazzang Posts Strongest Quarter to Date and Doubles Revenue Growth

Gazzang and DataStax Partner to Deliver Robust Data Security for Big Data

Gazzang and DataStax, the commercial leader in Apache Cassandra™, today announced a partnership that will help customers meet data security compliance regulations and guard against unauthorized data access or malicious attack, while comprehensively managing their Big Data. As part of the partnership, Gazzang zNcrypt™ is now available as an integrated data security solution for DataStax Enterprise customers, allowing data to be secured when at rest.

“As we see increased enterprise adoption of NoSQL databases, issues such as data security are going to become increasingly important,” commented Matt Aslett, research management, data management and analytics, 451 Research. “Partnerships such as the one struck by DataStax and Gazzang will ensure users are able to combine the flexibility of distributed unstructured data management with the encryption and access control capabilities of zNcrypt.”

“Gazzang gives DataStax customers peace of mind, knowing the sensitive information they use to run massive-scale queries and analytics is secure,” said Larry Warnock, president and CEO of Gazzang. “Because zNcrypt is optimized for cloud and big data environments, there is no tradeoff between security and performance. This means DataStax Enterprise customers can have the best of both worlds: fast data and maximum protection.”

Customers around the world are using Gazzang cloud security applications to secure regulatory data for HIPAA, PCI-DSS, FERPA, FISMA, EU Data Privacy and other compliance mandates. Gazzang is also working with companies to encrypt and protect sensitive customer and business data, as well as the cryptographic keys, from a malicious attack or breach.

Within DataStax Enterprise, Gazzang zNcrypt works as a last line of defense for protecting data by transparently encrypting and securing information as it gets written to disk, ensuring minimal performance lag in the encryption or decryption process. The solution also includes robust key management and process-based access controls that meet compliance regulations and allow users to store their cryptographic keys separate from the encrypted data.

Gazzang and DataStax Partner to Deliver Robust Data Security for Big Data

Gazzang Selected for MIT Sloan CIO Symposium’s Innovation Showcase

The 9th Annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium today announced Gazzang as one of ten vendors chosen for the 2012 Innovation Showcase. In selecting Gazzang for the prestigious event, judges noted that the company’s cloud-based Encryption Platform for Big Data represents a cutting edge B2B solution that combines strong value and innovation and has the potential to impact both the top and bottom lines.

“Despite all the hype, big data is still in the early stages and is a market ripe for innovation. As the volume of data continues to grow, organizations are now turning their heads towards big data security and looking for solutions that can protect the massive amounts of sensitive information being generated, while maintaining a high level of availability,” said Larry Warnock, president and CEO of Gazzang. “We are honored to be selected as an MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Innovation Showcase finalist and look forward to sharing our strategy and solutions with industry thought leaders at the event.”

The Gazzang Encryption Platform for Big Data works as a last line of defense for protecting data within Hadoop, Cassandra and MongoDB, non-relational, distributed and horizontally scalable data stores that have become common management tools for big data initiatives. These data stores are known for their ability to process petabytes of data in real time, but they lack many of the built-in security controls associated with traditional database solutions. The Encryption Platform transparently encrypts and secures data “on the fly,” whether in the cloud or on premises and includes advanced key management that meets compliance regulations and allows users to store their cryptographic keys separate from the encrypted data.

“We are very impressed with these top ten Innovation Showcase finalists, as their technologies demonstrate incredible state of the art thinking applied toward today’s and tomorrow’s challenges,” said David L. Verrill, Executive Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, and the Co-chair of the Innovation Showcase. “The Innovation Showcase provides a terrific one-of-a-kind opportunity for these start ups to gain a larger visibility in front of IT executives, key stakeholders, and venture capitalists.”

Gazzang Selected for MIT Sloan CIO Symposium’s Innovation Showcase

Gazzang Banks $3.5M Series A

Gazzang, Inc., the cloud infrastructure software company, today announced it has secured $3.5 million in Series A funding to develop management solutions that help secure open source software such as Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl (LAMP), and accelerate enterprise adoption of public, private and hybrid cloud environments. Austin Ventures was the lead institutional investor, accompanied by a group of smaller individual investors. In addition, software industry veteran Larry Warnock, who led the acquisition of Phurnace Software by BMC Software earlier this year, has joined Gazzang as CEO.

Gazzang’s first product suite addresses one of the biggest concerns in the cloud – data security. A 2009 report from the SANS Institute Report called web application attacks from open source breaches one of the top cyber security risks for companies. While data encryption exists for large commercial databases such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server, until now enterprise-class encryption has not been available for MySQL, the world’s most popular open source database with 25 percent market share.

More than 60 customers have adopted Gazzang’s solutions across the financial services, healthcare, higher education and technology verticals where issues of data security in the cloud face heightened scrutiny under PCI DSS, HIPAA and other regulatory mandates.

“Cloud computing represents a discontinuous innovation that is changing the way enterprises consume and deliver critical business services,” said Thomas Ball, partner at Austin Ventures. “By recognizing an early customer pain in the adoption of cloud platforms, Gazzang has quickly established an impressive track record with its core client base. We see incredible opportunity in the road ahead, and view this as an excellent fit for our early-stage investment portfolio.”

Gazzang’s first product offering, ezNcrypt, is a “set and forget” solution for encrypting MySQL database transactions and data. The solution’s patent-pending transparent data encryption (TDE) process auto-encrypts MySQL data at rest with dual authentication keys without making changes to existing applications or databases.

Gazzang Banks $3.5M Series A