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Cloud computing security
IndustryData Center and Cloud computing security
FoundersAndrew Rubin, P.J. Kirner
ProductsAdaptive Security Platform

Illumio is an American business data center and cloud computing security company.


Illumio was founded in 2013 by Andrew Rubin and P. J. Kirner and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, United States.[1]

The initial $8 million round of venture capital was led by Andreessen Horowitz. Steve Herrod, former CTO of VMware and managing director of General Catalyst Partners led the company’s $34.5 million round with participation by Formation 8, Data Collective, CEO Marc Benioff and Yahoo! founder Jerry Yang.[2] BlackRock and Accel a $100 million round with participation from a number of investors including private investors John W. Thompson, Jerry Yang and Marc Beniof as well as previous investors.


Illumio’s technology decouples security from the underlying network and hypervisor.[3] This allows for a security approach that works across a variety of computing environments, including private data centers, private clouds, and public clouds.[4]

Illumio Adaptive Security Platform (ASP) uses the context (state, relationships, etc.) of workloads (bare-metal and virtual servers, etc.) in the computing environment and keeps security policies intact.[5]

Unlike traditional security systems such as firewalls that rely on imperative programming techniques due to static networking constructs, Illumio Adaptive Security Platform is based on declarative programming and computes security in real time.[6]


  1. ^ Kim, Eugene. "Why This Startup Raised $42.5 Million Before It Came Out Of Stealth/". Website. Business Insider. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  2. ^ Hesseldahl, Arik. "Stealth Security Startup Illumio Secures $34 Million From General Catalyst". Website. All Things D. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Illumio Product Overview". Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  4. ^ Metz, Cade. "Startup Aims to Remake Computer Security for the Cloud Age". Website. Wired. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  5. ^ Babcock, Charles. "Illumio Takes New Cloud, Data Center Security Approach". Website. InformationWeek. Archived from the original on 2014-12-02. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  6. ^ Hall, Susan. "Illumio: A Security Platform That Follows the Workload Across the New Stack Universe". Website. The New Stack. Retrieved 22 October 2014.

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