451 Report: Funny name, serious security: Cloudera buys encryption vendor Gazzang

Gazzang, a partner of Cloudera since 2012, was acquired as a technology buy.

Date: Tuesday, Jun 03 2014

Description

As more Hadoop projects are moving from proof of concepts into production, companies are looking to better secure the data in those 'big data' projects. Cloudera hopes to grease the wheels by acquiring Austin, Texas-based Gazzang, a security vendor that specializes in encryption and key management for databases and big-data workloads. The target's technology will be folded into Cloudera's Navigator product, and its Austin office will become the Cloudera Center for Security Excellence, further building out the company's security capabilities. Cloudera certainly has the means to make acquisitions: the company recently raised a mega-round of $900m, $530m of which went to Cloudera (with $370m going to existing investors), bringing its total funding to $670m.

Next Steps