SOURCE: Altiscale


February 18, 2015 08:00 ET

Altiscale Announces Updated, Enterprise-Class Authentication Security

The Altiscale Implementation of Kerberos, a Strong Authentication Protocol, Will Provide Enterprise-Class Access Controls and Protection to Every New Customer, Automatically

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 18, 2015) - Strata + Hadoop World, Booth #929 -- Altiscale, Inc., the leading provider of Hadoop-as-a-Service, today announced that Kerberos authentication is now available in the Altiscale Data Cloud. Altiscale is the first and only Hadoop-as-a-Service provider that will automatically include Kerberos authentication as part of its service offering.

Kerberos, originally developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is a user and network authentication protocol that leverages strong cryptography to help ensure that Hadoop users can access only the data that they are supposed to access, and not other, potentially sensitive data. Kerberos not only provides fortification against outside attackers, it also provides protection against malicious insider activity. While Kerberos is known to be very secure, it was not designed in the context of today's highly dynamic, elastic cloud architectures. As a result, although Kerberos authentication is widely recognized as critical to Hadoop security, it has not been previously available in Hadoop-as-a-Service offerings. Altiscale's automatically implemented Kerberos authentication will be unique in the marketplace.

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"Altiscale is dedicated not only to providing high-performing Hadoop data environments, but also to providing technologies for data security and stewardship that satisfy the most demanding enterprise customers," said David Chaiken, CTO of Altiscale. "Kerberos is a great addition to the full range of security technologies that are automatically provided in the Altiscale Data Cloud."

"Kerberos authentication is foundational to a well-secured Hadoop environment," said Joe Stein, Hadoop security expert and founder of the Big Data Open Source Security consultancy. "It is difficult to integrate Kerberos into cloud deployments of Hadoop, so it's often not turned on, limiting the ability to create a true 'data lake' in the cloud."

"To meet enterprise security requirements, Hadoop needs to be surrounded by a complete set of security technologies, policies, and procedures," said Brian Schneirow, head of Security and Compliance for Altiscale. "For this reason, the experts at Altiscale have secured the Altiscale service with multiple, reinforcing layers of protection. In response to the evolving threat landscape and our understanding of new vulnerabilities, we are constantly strengthening our security program. Kerberos is one of many additions that Altiscale will release this year."

Kerberos authentication in the Altiscale Data Cloud is now available for private beta and will be broadly available this spring.

In-person demonstrations will be available at the Strata + Hadoop World conference at the San Jose Convention Center from February 17 through February 20, 2015, Booth #929. Online demonstrations are available by request at

About Altiscale
The Altiscale Data Cloud was created to provide organizations access to the only infrastructure "purpose-built" for Hadoop, as well as the operational expertise needed to execute complex Hadoop projects. By monitoring both the infrastructure and jobs, Altiscale provides unparalleled levels of service for its customers. Founded in 2012, the Altiscale team has been on the forefront of Apache Hadoop -- from its incubation at Yahoo to operating more than 40,000 Hadoop nodes. As a company that understands the transformative power of this technology and its challenges, no other organization is better positioned to deliver reliable and scalable Apache Hadoop. Investors include Accel Partners, General Catalyst, Northgate, and Sequoia Capital. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter @Altiscale. 

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