Brief Overview

Illumio builds a cloud-based platform for securing application workloads using virtualized protections.


160 San Gabriel Drive
Sunnyvale, California
Tel: (669) 800 – 5000


Andrew Rubin, CEO of Illumio, was formerly CEO of Cymtec.


Founded by Andrew Rubin and PJ Kirner, Illumio initially raised nearly $8M in backing from venture firms such as Andreessen Horowitz, Marc Benioff (Salesforce CEO), Aaron Levie (Box CEO), and Steve Herrod (former VMware). In 2013, the start-up received an additional $34M from General Catalyst, Formation 8, and Andreessen Horowitz. Series C investors include Data Collective, Valor Capital Group, Jerry Yang, Marc Benioff, John Thompson, and General Catalyst Partners. The total funding through 2015 is $142.5M

Key Competitors

Red Hat (Docker), vArmour, Catbird, CloudPassage

Products and Services

Illumio offers a solution to protect applications running in virtual machines, which is being called “application virtualization protection.” The Illumio Adaptive Security Platform (ASP) includes the following protection for cloud workloads:

• Illumination – Live application traffic and policy violation detection
• Enforcement – Nano-segment application enforcement at workload (i.e., VMs, servers, processes)
• Secure Connect – Protection of data with instant encryption support

Functionality embedded in the platform includes access, enforcement, and segmentation. A process called RAEL provides labeling of workloads in servers, relationships are embedded in white lists, and the policy engine enforces security via graph dependency and algorithmic provisioning. Natural language-based rules are also supported by the platform.