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Isovalent is a Mountain View, California-headquartered developer of cloud-native networking and security, through the company's Cilium product.


Isovalent is a developer of open-source cloud-native networking software for enterprises. This software is capable of connecting, monitoring, and securing workloads in cloud-computing environments. The company's software offers advanced networking and security capabilities to the most demanding of enterprise users. The company's product, Cilium, is based on eBPF and is used by organizations including Adobe, AWS, Capital One, Datadog, GitLab,, Wild Life, Cognite, Telenor, SAP Concur, Radiofrance, PosFinance,, DigitalOcean, Form3, and Google.

The company was founded in 2017 by Dan Wendlandt and Thomas Graf and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.


Launched in November 2020, Isovalent's Cilium is a dataplane, or an eBPF on the Linux kernel implementation for Kubernetes, intended to offer a new approach to cloud-native implementation, rather than using technology such as iptables or other IP/port-based approaches. Because Cilium is built around eBPF and runs within the Linux kernel, it makes it seamless to deploy and perform. With eBPF, it is possible to write a program and embed it into the kernel, allowing users to see and control what is happening at the API level and offering a more powerful way to do networking in cloud environments. This is intended to yield better program tracing, observability, and monitoring.

With this architecture, Isovalent's Cilium combines network and runtime behavior to provide a single source of data for cloud-native forensics, auditing, compliance monitoring, and threat detection integrated into a user's SIEM or log aggregation platform. Cilium also gives users capabilities such as traffic management, load balancing, and infrastructure monitoring.


September 9, 2021
AWS announces its selection of Cilium for networking and security on EKS.
August 12, 2021
Facebook, Google, Isovalent, Microsoft, and Netflix announce eBPF Foundation.
November 10, 2020
Isovalent announces the launch of the company's open-source Cilium project with the close of its $29 million Series A funding
November 2020
Isovalent raises a $29,000,000 series A round from Andreessen Horowitz, Cisco Investments, Robin Vasan and SV Angel.

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With $29M in funding, Isovalent launches its cloud-native networking and security platform

Frederic Lardinois


November 10, 2020


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