In October, I had the pleasure of introducing Illumio as it officially came out of stealth mode. Well it’s certainly stealthy no more – what an amazing 5 months it has been with substantial progress on several fronts! On the eve of the RSA security conference, I thought I’d take a few minutes to highlight where we are now and why I believe it’s significant.
First and foremost, the customer adoption of Illumio’s Adaptive Security Platform (ASP) has exceeded even our most optimistic goals and it’s now providing fine-grained visibility and continuous protection to thousands of workloads across a wonderful mix of deployment types. The workloads run in both public and private clouds, and the Illumio solution is deployed as either SaaS or on-premise software. A modern security solution must enable these choices, and the hard work to enable them is paying off. And beyond providing this choice, the control afforded to Illumio-protected environments is recognized as critical. Our computing environments are more dynamic and more distributed than ever before, and IT departments have requirements for protection that embraces this distribution without slowing anything down. You’ll hear more and more exciting customer announcements in the coming weeks.
Secondly, the Illumio team has increased in size and talent, and is pushing out strong new capabilities through its bi-weekly sprints. Today we’re excited to announce a continuation of our mission to protect any workload wherever it may be running. The existing product provides protection to workloads running in virtual machines, on bare-metal, or in Amazon Web Services (AWS). As of today, it can also continuously deliver security policies and enforcement down to the process level within workloads. This is cool! Today’s state of the art is micro-segmentation, whereby individual machines can be arranged to effectively have their own network subnet. Illumio SP has taken this to the next level (let’s call this “nano-segmentation”), isolating multiple processes or applications on a single host running bare-metal or virtualized. If any part of an application changes (such as scaling up with new web servers), Illumio ASP automatically adapts security policies on all impacted workloads or processes.
Thirdly, there has always been a need to dynamically enforce network policy across a broader swath of the datacenter. Today Illumio is extending its adaptive policy enforcement to existing hardware and software solutions, announcing a partnership with F5. With this partnership, Illumio ASP now speaks to the F5 BIG-IP product family, integrating the industry-leading traffic management system as an additional enforcement point behind the perimeter. Stay tuned for more ecosystem-related announcement in the coming weeks.
And last but not least, there is growing recognition of just how important this new adaptive security approach is to the modern IT organization. Today we’re happily announcing that Illumio has raised an additional $100 million from outstanding investors to accelerate the delivery of new capabilities, new partnerships, and new levels of customer enablement.
Whew. It’s clearly been a very exciting 5 months in the public eye, and here’s to the excitement that the next 5 months will surely bring!