Ziften Technologies Launches With Focus on Endpoint Efficiency for Enterprises; Secures $5.8 Million Series A Funding

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Award-winning Technologists Tackle Long-Standing Problem With No Previous Solution: Lost Business Productivity and Wasted IT Resources Because of Inefficient Endpoints

Ziften Technologies today officially launched its company and announced the $5.8 million Series A funding that has fueled the company’s growth since its origin in early 2010. Meaning “to sift” in Dutch, Ziften focuses on the currently untapped market of enterprise system efficiency. Pioneering a new class of software dedicated to improving endpoint efficiency, increasing user productivity, and extending computers’ lifespan, Ziften goes beyond traditional desktop management to deliver Quality of Service (QoS) across all endpoints within an enterprise for the first time. Until now, there has been no solution to the increasingly rampant desktop waste that drains business productivity from each employee and squanders valuable IT resources.

“The other founders and I have spent years working with enterprises on security and desktop solutions. We all felt literal awe—and dismay—at what was running on enterprise endpoints, and what little business value most of it had. This prompted us to create Ziften,” said Mark Obrecht, Ziften founder and chief executive, who was previously a founder of WholeSecurity, acquired by Symantec in 2005. “The enormous cost and complexity of supporting a desktop today is unacceptable—and far more costly than procuring or setting up the machine. An endpoint efficiency ‘alignment’ is so fundamental it should be a requirement for every company; only Ziften does this.”

Endpoint Inefficiency Should Not Be a Business Reality
A standard endpoint starts out compliant and snappy, but quickly congeals and becomes sluggish over time, even between reboots. Everyday activities inundate endpoints with unneeded processes and unintended altered settings which result in endpoint degradation. Even IT mandated software such as anti-virus, backup, and systems management, while well-intended, can require a disproportionate allocation of resources that competes with critical business applications. All this results in increased IT helpdesk support calls, slow or unresponsive apps, protracted boot times, downtime for reimaging or unnecessary upgrades, wasteful power consumption, decreased workforce productivity, and general frustration.

“Sadly, it’s always just seemed a frustrating reality to have a system boot-up take too long, for applications on a PC to run slowly, for Windows to freeze and require a re-boot now and again,” said Alan Russi, Director of IT Infrastructure at National Instruments. “When we sat down with Ziften and looked at the real break down of processes running on each endpoint, and how many were completely unnecessary, it was shocking. The idea of making each system, for each end user, efficient and only focused on the business tasks of that particular contributor, is very business-compelling.”

Value to the Enterprise, Employees, IT
Ziften’s software directs and reallocates computing resources to the applications of highest business value, benefiting the enterprise, employees, and IT:

  •     First, for the enterprise, and especially the CIO, business runs more efficiently and affordably, with full IT optimization. The increased visibility enables the business to automatically and dynamically direct previously wasted system resources to high business value activities. Ziften reduces points of failure and moving parts. This results not only in financial benefits, but also true green computing with endpoints requiring less power, overall reduced HVAC costs, and reducing waste through extended hardware life-cycles.
  •     Second, employees receive a greatly improved experience from more efficient endpoints allowing for faster and easier performance of business tasks. Increasing performance and decreasing endpoint problems leads to happier users and less system re-imaging.
  •     Finally, IT can return its focus to more critical business technology projects. Ziften speeds and simplifies the deployment of IT projects and reduces the number of stalled IT projects by freeing up system and human resources. Endpoint efficiency also means countless unnecessary support calls and support burden are reduced. Ziften finally aligns IT with business goals, often talked about but never truly done.

Market-Making Executives, Investors, Advisors
The scope of the problem and the inherent value of Ziften caught the attention of the most discerning investors. “Historically, we very rarely make a venture investment,” said Phillip Sarofim. “But the problem Ziften addresses—so taxing to all enterprises and never tackled head on—caught our attention. We happily led this Series A round 5 weeks after our first meeting, during the nadir of the economic turmoil in 2009.” Ziften closed $5.8 Million Series A funding from Fayez Sarofim & Co. and Trellis Partners.

Ziften executives bring together experience from technology’s most regarded brands: Akamai, AMD, Cisco, Dell, Intel, and Caltech. Most notably, this team worked together as the founders of WholeSecurity, an enterprise security leader snapped up by Symantec in 2005. Mark Obrecht, Peter Vogt, and Nick Alagna were all executives at WholeSecurity whose behavioral software was ultimately applied to more than 150 million systems worldwide. Mr. Obrecht has 11 patents (issued or pending) in the area of behavioral malware detection, process classification, and system efficiency, and is the first-named inventor on the industry patent for Behavioral Malware Detection (US 7,748,039 B2). These behavioral security experts teamed with two QoS and systems management experts, Caltech CS PhD Dr. Al Hartmann and Tivoli Founder Todd Smith, to finally bring efficiency to enterprise computing.

With a unique combination of enterprise security and systems management knowledge, and an imposing impatience about current inefficiencies on the endpoint, this team delivers enterprise endpoint efficiency never previously available. The era of true QoS on the endpoint is upon us. Product detail, which is already being used by early adopter Fortune 500 customers, will be announced shortly.

About Ziften
Austin-based Ziften Technologies has created a new class of enterprise software that enables organizations to better understand and control what applications are running across the Windows desktop environment and to automatically eliminate, restrict, or accelerate them based on relative business value. With extensive experience deploying behavioral software to more than 150 million systems worldwide, Ziften has greater experience and understanding of Windows process behavior and application performance than any other software provider. We bring this unique expertise in behavioral classification and machine learning from the security and hardware realms to the even more tangible and problematic area of Enterprise System Efficiency. Our experts bring experience from technology’s most regarded brands: Akamai, AMD, Caltech, Cisco, Dell, Intel, and Symantec (and its acquisition of WholeSecurity). Ziften is backed by Fayez Sarofim & Co. and Trellis Partners, and boasts advisory board members including the founder of Tivoli, the founder of iChat, and the former President & COO of Waste Management. More on Ziften can be found at http://www.ziften.com. Ziften. Run at Peak.

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