Isovalent, a start-up that intends to bring networking into the cloud-native age, today announced that it has actually raised a $29 million Series A round led by Andreessen Horowitz and Google. In addition, the company today officially launched its Cilium Business platform (which remained in stealth previously) to help enterprises connect, observe and protect their applications.

The open-source Cilium task is currently seeing growing adoption, with Google picking it for its new GKE data aircraft, for instance. Other users include Adobe, Capital One, Datadog and GitLab. Isovalent is following what is now the standard model for commercializing open-source jobs by introducing a business version.

Image Credits: Cilium The starting group of CEO Dan Wendlandt and CTO Thomas Graf has deep experience in dealing with the Linux kernel and structure networking products. Graf invested 15 years working on the Linux kernel and produced the Cilium open-source task, while Wendlandt dealt with Open vSwitch at Nicira(and

then VMware). Image Credits: Isovalent”We saw that first wave of network intelligence be moved into software, however I think we both shared the view that the very first wave was about duplicating the traditional network devices in software, “Wendlandt informed me.”You had IPs, you still had ports, you developed virtual routers, and this and that. We both had actually that shared vision that the next step was to go beyond what the hardware did in software application– and now, in software application, you can do a lot more. Thomas, with his deep insight in the Linux kernel, truly saw this eBPF innovation as something that was just undoubtedly going to be revolutionary technology, in terms of where we could take Linux networking and security.”

As Graf told me, when Docker, Kubernetes and containers, in general, ended up being popular, what he saw was that networking business at first were simply trying to reapply what they had actually already provided for virtualization. “Let’s just treat containers as many as miniature VMs. That was exceptionally wrong,” he stated. “So we looked around, and we saw eBPF and said: this is simply out there and it is perfect, how can we shape it forward?”

And while Isovalent’s focus is on cloud-native networking, the included benefit of how it uses the eBPF Linux kernel technology is that it likewise gets deep insights into how data streams between services and thus enables it to include advanced security features too.

As the group noted, however, users definitely do not need to configure or understand eBPF, which is basically the next generation of Linux kernel modules, themselves.

Image Credits: Isovalent” I have invested my whole profession in this area, and the North Star has actually constantly been to surpass IPs + ports and build networking visibility and security at a layer that is aligned with how designers, operations and security think about their applications and information,” stated Martin Casado, partner at Andreesen Horowitz (and the creator of Nicira). “Until just recently, the technology did not exist. All of that changed with Kubernetes and eBPF. Dan and Thomas have actually assembled the very best team in the market and provided the traction around Cilium, they are well on their method to upending the world of networking yet again.”

As more companies embrace Kubernetes, they are now reaching a stage where they have the fundamentals down but are now facing the next set of problems that come with this shift. Those, practically by default, consist of determining how to isolate workloads and get presence into their networks– all areas where Isovalent/Cilium can assist.

The group informs me its focus, now that the product runs out stealth, has to do with developing out its go-to-market efforts and, obviously, continuing to construct out its platform.

Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.