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After Raising $36M Cloud Security Firm HyTrust Acquires DataGravity

Purchase expands HyTrust’s workload security portfolio, further automating and enhancing security policy enforcement for workload data.

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HyTrust, Inc., the workload security provider headquartered in Mountain View, today announced the acquisition of DataGravity, a data visibility and security company, to further automate and enhance security policy enforcement for workload data. The acquisition brings new data discovery and classification expertise that expand HyTrust data security solutions focused on protecting workload data. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but members of the DataGravity team will be joining HyTrust.

Also, today HyTrust announced it has raised 36 million dollars in new funding led by Advance Venture Partners (AVP) with participation from existing venture capital firms and strategic investors. This latest round of investment will be going towards expanding its sales and marketing efforts, product development and acquisitions including the one of DataGravity. DataGravity raised itself has raised 92 million dollars from top investors including Andreessen-Horwitz, Accel Partners, CRV and General Partners.

The DataGravity acquisition comes at a time of rapid growth in the cloud security solutions market. According to Forrester, the global cloud security solutions market will grow 28 percent annually over the 2017 to 2021 period, from 1.5 billion dollars in 2017 to 3.5 billion dollars in 2021.

“The acquisition will accelerate the expansion of HyTrust’s platform capabilities and capitalize on the high-growth cloud security market,” said Eric Chiu, HyTrust’s co-founder and president. “DataGravity’s data discovery and classification capabilities support HyTrust’s mission to deliver a security policy framework that provides customers with full visibility, insight and enforcement of policy across workloads. We couldn’t be more excited.”

DataGravity burst on the scene with the 2014 debut of its Discovery Series array line, integrating the separate functions of data security, search and discovery, and protection into one platform while providing visibility, including context, into data as it is created. Using that software as a base, earlier this year the Nashua, New Hampshire based company released a virtual appliance, DataGravity for Virtualization. From that visibility comes insights, which HyTrust now expects to use to identify and classify data and tag workloads to ensure policy enforcement for data access, encryption and key management and applying boundary controls.

HyTrust has built before through acquisitions. Three years ago, the company bought HighCloud security to add data security and encryption for workloads, which became the foundation for the successful cloud and virtualization encryption solution HyTrust DataControl.

“Nearly every day I hear organizations’ concerns with where their data resides and what needs to be protected across their cloud infrastructure”, said Dave Shackleford, founder and principal consultant with Voodoo Security and SANS Institute instructor. “The expansion of HyTrust’s workload security platform with the new data discovery and classification capabilities from DataGravity will help solve some of these organizations’ data security and compliance challenges in cloud deployments.”

HyTrust’s mission is to make private, public and hybrid cloud infrastructure more trustworthy for enterprises, service providers and government agencies.

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