Gazzang, a company securing data and applications in the cloud has appointed Dustin Kirkland as chief architect, where he will design and develop the company’s data privacy, secured application, access control and key management software for the cloud. Gazzang is backed by Austin Ventures with offices in Austin and Houston, Texas, and Guadalajara, Mexico.
Gazzang, Inc., the company securing data and applications in the cloud, today announced the appointment of Dustin Kirkland as Chief Architect, where he will influence the design and development of the company’s data privacy, secured application, access control and key management software for the cloud.
Kirkland has more than 10 years of industry experience developing and deploying Linux and open source solutions and is a co-author of eCryptfs, an enterprise-class, stacked cryptographic filesystem for Linux. Kirkland constructed Ubuntu’s unique home directory encryption feature on top of eCryptfs — a model that was replicated by Google within its ChromeOS devices.
Prior to Gazzang, Kirkland was Cloud Architect at Canonical, where he was instrumental in bringing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (OpenStack, Eucalyptus), as well as Platform-as-a-Service (CloudFoundry) open source solutions into Ubuntu. He also designed and led the team that implemented Ubuntu Orchestra — a comprehensive hardware orchestration suite that delivers scalable deployment of OpenStack and other cluster workloads on Ubuntu. Kirkland has founded more than two dozen open source projects and is currently active in 19 of them, including Byobu, PowerNap, Bikeshed, Musica and Pictor. He will continue to contribute to the evolution of eCryptfs as an important foundation for Gazzang’s ezNcrypt, an on-demand data encryption solution.
“We are incredibly excited to have someone of Dustin’s technical talent and vision join our team to lead development innovation,” said Larry Warnock, CEO of Gazzang. “Dustin’s contributions to the open source community have played an invaluable role in advancing Linux and Cloud adoption and value-added development across multiple distributions and deployment models. I’m thrilled to welcome him to the team, and look forward to many exciting developments in the future.”
Kirkland joined Canonical from IBM, where he held several technical positions, including an architect in the Linux Technology Center, a security and PowerPC developer staffed on site at Red Hat in Boston, and Tivoli software engineer. He is a noted speaker on open source industry topics and holds a B.S. in computer engineering from Texas A&M University.
“From health care to higher education to financial services, enterprises are embracing open source software in the cloud, and data security has never been more important,” said Kirkland. “Gazzang is emerging as a leading innovator in this space, helping these organizations keep their data safe, secure and available, so they can leverage greater flexibility and scalability while avoiding the risks of data exposure. I’m thrilled to be joining such a talented team working in an area so near and dear to my heart.”
Gazzang provides enhanced key management and other advanced cryptographic techniques to secure the cloud as it evolves from the bleeding edge to mainstream. For SaaS providers in health care, financial services and other verticals, and for companies moving or creating new applications in the cloud, Gazzang’s solutions address the complex technical challenges around multi-tenancy, high performance and big data security.
Gazzang makes cloud computing enterprise-ready. The company’s secure Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions help organizations address the inherent risk associated with open source software tools, providing transparent data encryption for the entire LAMP stack, including any data, logs or files created or managed by any Linux application or service. With hundreds of customers in financial services, healthcare, higher education and technology, Gazzang has become the vendor of choice providing secure, compliant business services in today’s uncertain cloud environments. Gazzang is backed by Austin Ventures with offices in Austin and Houston, Texas, and Guadalajara, Mexico.