Gazzang is focusing on cloud security with an encryption solution targeted at MySQL databases.
Gazzang wants to make cloud
computing safe for enterprises-a goal that for the company begins with
Its product, ezNcrypt, is
used to encrypt MySQL database transactions and data. In its latest edition,
ezNcrypt now includes public/private key encryption and integration with
leading HSM (hardware security module) technologies, as well as OpenSSL engine
"The significance [of
OpenSSL support] lies in the fact that OpenSSL is one of the few open-source
programs involved with validation under the FIPS 140-2 computer
security standard by the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Cryptographic
Module Validation Program," said Chris Gillan, vice president of business
development and marketing at Gazzang. "Many large enterprises [both public and
private] have already implemented cryptographic key servers using this
technology platform. We can now integrate with these legacy systems, allowing
these organizations to protect their open-source databases using the same
technology platforms as they do with the rest of their computing environments."
is the midmarket and above," he added. "This particular
release is more targeted at the enterprise as the HSMs [which we are
integrating with] are traditionally used by larger enterprises and government
agencies and contractors."
In a report, analysts
at The 451 Group noted that Gazzang competes with companies such as Venafi
and EMC (through its RSA security division) in the area of symmetric key
management. In addition, Trend
-announced in beta last August-is
similarly targeted at encrypting data in cloud-computing environments.
"Gazzang's first product is
'set and forget' encryption for MySQL databases, but its long-term ambitions
are far grander: to make cloud computing enterprise-ready," according to the
report. "The company plans to build out from a beachhead as a value-add on top
of the free eCryptfs tool to become the default option for transparent data
encryption in LAMP and, ultimately, cloud-computing development. To that end,
it has designed an innovative new key management system."
The company's hope, Gillan
said, is to bring the transparent
currently available in the enterprise versions
of Oracle database and Microsoft SQL Server to open-source database platforms.
Though the focus right now is on MySQL, the company will soon be adding support
for Cassandra, PostgreSQL and other platforms, he said.
"MySQL is by far the most
widely adopted database in the cloud," he continued. "Our current version will
work either in the cloud, or inside a company's firewall. Future versions of
ezNcrypt will encrypt many other pieces of cloud architecture."
"As enterprises look to
move critical applications and data storage to the cloud, security is still the
No. 1 concern," Gillan added.