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Gazzang CTO Dustin Kirkland to Speak at OpenStack Summit

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Gazzang, a leading provider of encryption solutions for big data, today announced that Chief Technology Officer Dustin Kirkland will speak at the OpenStack Summit, a four-day conference for developers, users, and administrators of OpenStack Cloud Software to be held Oct. 15-18 at the San Diego Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA.

Founded by Rackspace Hosting and NASA, OpenStack is a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists producing the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. The project aims to deliver solutions for all types of clouds by being simple to implement, massively scalable and feature rich. The technology consists of a series of interrelated projects delivering various components for a cloud infrastructure solution.

Kirkland will present the following sessions:

Encrypt. Everything. Everywhere.
Thursday, Oct. 18, 1:30-2:10 pm Pacific
Manchester E Room

72% of the 21 million health care records that have been compromised in the United States since September of 2009 should have been trivially protected using comprehensive encryption of the data before being written to disk. In this session, Kirkland will review the numerous file and disk encrpytion solutions that exist in Linux, such as eCryptfs and dmcrypt, and how a forward-thinking, security conscious OpenStack "Grizzly" release should lead the IaaS industry by example, encrypting all guest data. Everywhere.

Entropy (or lack thereof) in OpenStack Instances
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2:20-3:00 pm Pacific
Manchester E Room

The lack of quality sources of entropy in cloud computing environment is a problem that has gained considerable attention this year, and has consequences that permeate the entire fabric of cryptography in enterprises. In this session, Kirkland will discuss a draft Request for Comment that proposes a network protocol for peer-to-peer exchange of randomness and its possible inclusion as an OpenStack Incubator project. He’ll also discuss other potential solutions to the problem, such as passing through Intel's new DRNG to guests, extending Nova to seed guests with better entropy through a Virtio or disk device, as well as other suggestions provided by attendees.

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 more than 200 customers across multiple industries including SaaS providers, financial services, technology, health care and public sector organizations. Gazzang is backed by Austin Ventures and Silver Creek Ventures. For more information, visit

Gazzang, Inc.
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Source: Gazzang, Inc.