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

Customers Now Have Access to Enterprise-Class Encryption and Key Management Solutions that Complement the Speed, Agility and Performance of Big Data.

AUSTIN, Texas and San Mateo, Calif., August 1, 2012 – 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.

Click here for a customer use case video about securing sensitive data in Cassandra.

DataStax Enterprise 2.0 (DSE 2.0) is the industry’s first complete big data solution designed to manage real-time, analytic, and now enterprise search data, all in the same database cluster. The platform delivers a comprehensive, integrated data management solution that manages real-time data with Cassandra, provides batch analytic capabilities with Apache Hadoop, and enables enterprise search on that same data with Apache Solr.

“Gazzang offers a unique approach to the challenges of securing big data,” said Billy Bosworth, CEO of DataStax. “This is extremely important for customers concerned about compliance and data security. Adding Gazzang to the DataStax partner ecosystem is further proof of our commitment to provide best-of-breed big data solutions to our customers.”

Both companies will be on hand at this year’s Cassandra Summit (Aug. 8, 2012 @Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, CA #Cassandra12) to discuss the importance of security within the big data environment.

About DataStax
DataStax offers products and services based on the popular open-source database, Apache Cassandra™, the massively scalable NoSQL database.  DataStax Enterprise combines the performance of Cassandra with analytics powered by Apache Hadoop and enterprise search with Apache Solr, creating a smartly integrated, big data platform. With DataStax Enterprise, real-time, analytic, and search workloads never conflict, giving you maximum performance with the added benefit of only managing a single database.

The company has over 180 customers, including leaders such as Netflix, Disney, Cisco, Rackspace and Constant Contact, and spans verticals including web, financial services, telecommunications, retail, and government. DataStax is backed by industry leading investors, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Crosslink Capital, and is based in San Mateo, CA.

About Gazzang
Gazzang provides data security solutions and operational diagnostics that help enterprises protect sensitive information and maintain performance in cloud environments. The company has over 200 customers across multiple industries including SaaS providers, Financial Services, Technology, Healthcare and public sector organizations.  Gazzang is backed by Austin Ventures and Silver Creek Ventures. For more information, visit www.gazzang.com.