Big Data Security Startup Zettaset Nabs $10M In Funding


Big data startup Zettaset said this week it nabbed $10 million in its second round of funding, as its solutions for automating and securing Apache Hadoop deployments continue to catch the eye of investors.

Zettaset said its latest round of funding -- which will be tacked on to the $3 million in funds it locked down in July -- was fueled by venture capitalist firm HighBar Partners with additional contributions from Brocade, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Epic Ventures. According to the Mountain View, Calif.-based company, the funding will be used to accelerate its R&D efforts and better meet the "increasing demand" for its big data products.

"Enterprises of all sizes are demanding robust and secure turn-key solutions for their production, mission-critical environments," said Zettaset President and CEO Jim Vogt in a statement. "Zettaset is the only vendor providing a comprehensive, software-only solution for cluster management that can be deployed across a wide variety of operating systems, Hadoop distributions, and file systems, transparently integrating Big Data into existing environments. This funding enables us to further serve our enterprise base and more effectively address this exploding market opportunity."

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Zettaset's flagship product is Orchestrator, a distribution-agnostic management platform that is designed to streamline and automate organizations' Hadoop deployments. The platform also aims to address some of the security gaps inherent in open-source systems like Hadoop, providing tools for access control, policy management, compliance and risk management. As a result, the tool has been largely targeted at industries like finance and healthcare, where security and compliance management are a priority.

Zettaset's Orchestrator software also supports Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and Active Directory standards while providing centralized configuration management, logging and auditing.

Zettaset, which was founded in 2009 under the name "GOTO Metrics" and competes with a growing number of startups in the big data space, a market Gartner projects will drive $34 billion in IT spending in 2013.

PUBLISHED JAN. 18, 2013