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The data security company's twofold focus also includes key management for encrypted files, which Gazzang's Tishgart said is just as vital an aspect of security, but one with which many companies struggle.
"Gazzang enables companies to take the key and put it on a different server than the information is on," Tishgart said. "If somebody gets ahold of that key, then they can decrypt that data and all the protection you put on it. It's the other piece of the puzzle ... that's the secret sauce that Gazzang provides."
Jarrett Raim, cloud security product manager at Rackspace, said that Gazzang offers good options in terms of key management.
"There's a lot of cases where customers want their keys to be owned by someone other than the owner of the data," Raim said. "If you put the encrypted data on a different server than the key, it's a little bit more secure, a little bit safer."
A market differentiator for Gazzang's latest security announcement is its support of OpenStack, Raim said.
"Part of the goal of open source and OpenStack is to allow any provider that wants to bring something to the community to do that," Raim said. "This is opposed to the closed model, where users don't have that kind of access."
What sets Gazzang apart, according to Tishgart, is its software-based support that can be loaded onto a server, rather than requiring a box or other on-site hardware. "Other companies rely on hardware, so there's some sort of appliance," Tishgart said. "Gazzang is 100 percent software, which is really cool because it enables us to work in the cloud. These other encryption, key management providers don't work well with Amazon, Rackspace, OpenStack and some of the key cloud vendors that enterprises are starting to go to now."
10gen's Asay said he's found that, in general, software-based encryption provides flexibility, while hardware-based encryption allows for better performance.
"Customers will decide which approach is best for them," Asay said. "We have found Gazzang's approach to be a valuable addition to our partner ecosystem and believe it will also help customers looking to add security to their OpenStack deployments."