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Intel-Cloudera Relationship Is Great for Security-Minded Hadoop Customers

Gazzang announces Cloudera 5 certification and parcel integration

Few companies are enjoying a better run of news right now than Cloudera. In mid-March the big data bell cow announced $160 million in funding led by T. Rowe Price. Less than two weeks later, Intel’s mega investment of $740 million is still a popular topic around our company’s water cooler (yes, we have a water cooler).

The company’s latest salvo happened this morning while most of the west coast was still asleep. Today Cloudera announced the general availability of Cloudera 5, the solution that will drive what Cloudera refers to as the enterprise data hub. In short, the hub is a centralized platform where companies can store, process, and analyze all of their data and run any variety of projects. The idea being to make it easier to store everything and then use the data when they need it.

Cloudera and Gazzang have a longstanding partnership with several mutual customers including Kaiser Permanente and Western Union. We are pleased to be able to announce our foundational zNcrypt and zTrustee encryption and key management solutions are now C5 certified. In addition, Gazzang is one of only a handful of Cloudera partners that have a parcel available for customers to download through Cloudera Manager, so installation is fast and easy regardless of the size of the environment. That means whether your C5 deployment is 10 nodes or 10,000 nodes, each encrypted node is as easy to spin up as the next, and all communicate seamlessly with our software-based key manager.

The bottom line is companies that must meet a compliance requirement like HIPAA or PCI-DSS - or have some other obligation to protect sensitive data - can continue to feel confident that the business-critical information resident in their enterprise data hub is secure at rest and protected against unauthorized access or attack.

Beyond certification and automated deployment, we’re also watching the Intel investment with great interest. I’m not going to speculate on what this investment means for either company. Plenty has already been written about it. What’s undeniable though is that software that integrates with or runs on Cloudera now should also be optimized to take advantage of Intel hardware. The good news for customers is we're already ahead of the game.

Gazzang’s big data encryption solution, zNcrypt, was designed to leverage the Intel AES-NI encryption instruction set that can be found on most Intel Xeon and Core i7 processors. We’ve done extensive testing, and when running Gazzang in a well configured Hadoop environment on Intel hardware, customers often see the performance impact of encryption dip into the low single digits on a percentage basis. Check out our Hadoop performance guide to learn more.

Gazzang also leverages Intel technology to generate strong encryption keys. As you know, data encryption really only works if your keys are well protected and separated from the encrypted data. Equally important to how you store your keys, is how they’re generated. A strong key requires good random numbers. The greater the randomness the harder the key is to break. Our encryption solutions leverage the Intel RDRAND Instruction set, Intel’s digital random number generation hardware, to create powerful 256-bit keys that our customers rely on to protect their most sensitive data.

Together with Cloudera and Intel, Gazzang is able to deliver enterprise big data and cloud security that installs in minutes, runs at peak performance and protects your most important business asset… your data.

More Stories By David Tishgart

After spending years at large corporations including Dell, AMD and BMC, David Tishgart joined the startup ranks leading product marketing for Gazzang. Focused on security for big data, he helps communicate the benefits and challenges that big data can present, offering practical solutions. When not ranting about encryption and key management, you can find David clamoring for a big data application that can fine tune his fantasy football team.