Hadoop software company Cloudera on Tuesday said it has acquired Gazzang, a data security solutions company specializing in the protection of big data in cloud-based environments. The financial terms of the deal were not publicly disclosed.

The acquisition follows more than two months after Intel Corp (INTC)'s investment of approximately $740 million into Cloudera for an 18 percent share of the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company.

With the addition of data encryption and key management, the acquisition will immediately strengthen Cloudera's security offerings, the company said.

"Data security is no longer a checkbox for IT organizations or operations departments, it has become a top business priority," Cloudera CEO Tom Reilly said in a prepared statement.

The company said it plans to incorporate Gazzang’s technology into its Cloudera Enterprise offering, adding that

Gazzang's team will focus on additional security challenges in Hadoop by becoming involved with the Cloudera Center for Security Excellence, where it will review comprehensive data and cluster security technologies, security testing and certification, and security ecosystem partner enablement.

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