Google LLC and Andreessen Horowitz have jointly led a $29 million funding round into Isovalent Inc., a startup with a Linux-based networking platform that enterprises can use to manage the flow of data in their Kubernetes environments.
Cisco Systems Inc. also participated in the Series A round, which was announced today.
The networking software that orchestrates the movement of packets between servers is usually installed on top of those servers’ operating system. Isovalent’s platform, in contrast, embeds its network orchestration code directly into the operating system itself. The startup claims that its approach makes the network more efficient by reducing the number of additional software layers that need to be installed atop Linux to help manage data traffic.
Isovalent’s platform, called Cilium, facilitates this simplification by harnessing a low-level mechanism of Linux called eBPF. The mechanism makes it possible to embed networking code directly into the operating system’s kernel with