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United States : CLOUDERA buys encryption specialist GAZZANG

June 5, 2014

Hadoop software, Cloudera acquired Gazzang, is specializing in encryption software for big data environments. It s Cloudera s first acquisition (it bought a learning startup Myrrix in 2013 in more of an acqui-hire situation) and it speaks to the importance of security as customers Hadoop deployments grow in scale and mature into production environments.

The deal comes less than a month after Cloudera competitor Hortonworks acquired a security startup called XA Secure.

Gazzang s technology includes a product for encrypting data stored in Hadoop environments and another for managing access the keys, tokens and other protocols that grant access to the data.

Gazzang s technology works with a variety of other next-generation data stores, including Cassandra (Apache and DataStax), MongoDB, Couchbase, Amazon Elastic MapReduce and Pivotal s Hadoop distribution.

As service-oriented architectures pick up steam, applications will be attempting to access the same data stores, and as Cloudera continues to position itself as an enterprise data hub, it expects to be at the core of those environments.

Cloudera has numerous security measures in place within its software. Some are baked into the various open source technologies that comprise its Hadoop distribution. Cloudera has spearheaded others itself, such as the Apache Sentry for managing who (or what) can access data and metadata stored within Hive and Impala environments.

The Gazzang technology will help advance a chip-level encryption initiative, Project Rhino, that Cloudera was working on as a result of its partnership with Intel. The Gazzang will become a research hub called the Cloudera Center for Security Excellence.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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