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Mazu Networks Expands

Mazu Networks, citing increased demand for its network security software and a desire to tap new geographic markets, is expanding.

The privately held company will double the size of its Cambridge, Mass., headquarters to 14,000 square feet, adding more room for developers, marketers and administrative staff, as well as allow for future growth.

It will also open sales and service offices in San Francisco and the Washington, D.C., area, bringing its total of remote offices to four (New York and London are the others).

The move comes just two weeks after Mazu raised $3 million in new venture capital financing from StarVest Partners.

Despite the sluggish economy, network security remains high on the corporate and government spending priority lists, said Jim Melvin, Mazu's president and CEO.

"The challenge of protecting (IT) assets in an affordable manner has translated into high demand for our solutions," Melvin said. "Our new field locations will enable us to provide rapid, high-quality services."

Mazu's San Francisco office will serve as a sales and service hub for customers in the western United States and in all Asian markets. Eric Martin, former vice president of research and development sales at Opnet Technologies, will lead the site.

In Washington, D.C., area office, located in Vienna, Va., the focus will be on government clients, as well as the large systems integrators that do business with them. Joshua Wolfe will head the office. He has 17 years experience at Network Associates, Compaq and Bull Information Systems.

Mazu's products use real-time traffic profiling technology to monitor networks, protect from security breaches while allow users to access important data and applications. In addition to StarVest, Mazu is backed by Greylock, Matrix Partners, Pilot House Ventures Group and Benchmark.