The platform deploys modular "workload engines" for each technology -- including Hadoop (Cloudera or Hortonworks), MPP SQL (AWS Redshift) and Spark -- while workload intelligence automatically provisions and continually manages the optimal workload engine (and cloud infrastructure) for each workload to guarantee SLAs at the best price-performance level.
Moghe notes that Cazena continually benchmarks and adds new data processing technologies to the platform so customers can take advantage of recent innovations without having to constantly stay on top of open source projects themselves.
To secure everything, Cazena extends the enterprise data center to its cloud through an encrypted tunnel, created by a secure gateway that runs on the enterprise network and encrypts all data and traffic. Cazena's data cloud is encrypted and single tenant, and it only accepts authenticated connections from the enterprise's secure gateway. The service extends enterprise security and data governance policies to the cloud.
In many ways, Cazena is a reunion of the Netezza team. In addition to Moghe, its board includes Jit Saxena, former chairman of Netezza, and Jim Baum, former CEO at Netezza. The team is rounded out by Peter Levine, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz; Steve Papa, founder and CEO of Endeca and board partner at Andreessen Horowitz; and Ed Anderson, founder and managing general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners.
"Cazena has assembled an all-star board and management team with decades of experience at Netezza, Endeca, Datastax, Unica and other market leaders," says Shirish Sathaye, general partner at Formation 8. "They bring a unique perspective to enterprise needs and challenges. Just as Netezza previously created a new category of data warehouse appliances, this team now has the opportunity to lead a new category around big data-as-a-service. We are really excited to join forces with them in this journey."
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