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Alcide Ramps Up with $7M Round

December 3, 2018

Alcide, provider of the first Microservices Firewall for application networking security, has raised $7M in Series A funding from new investor CE Ventures alongside existing investors Intel Capital and Elron.

The funding, announced only seven months after the Alcide cloud-native security platform’s general availability and the company’s selection as a Gartner Cool Vendor, will be used to support a go-to-market strategy and a significant expansion into the US and EMEA markets.

Ben Weiss, partner at CE Ventures, will join Alcide’s board as part of the round.

The Alcide cloud-native platform secures the plethora of cloud architectures common in today’s cloud-native world and composed of different apps, architecture and infrastructure – each with its own unique needs, requirements and security protocols. The Alcide Microservices Firewall brings best-of-breed application-aware micro-segmentation, always on threat intelligence, powered by Alcide’s embedded policies enforcement capabilities.

The Alcide machine-learning-driven Firewall supports developers and security teams with a unified, automated and simple way to manage cross-cloud security, empowering them to define, apply and enforce embedded security policies across clouds for continuous governance, risk and trust assessment.

With Alcide embedded firewall policies deployed, developers are now able to whitelist their security requirements at design time and automatically enforce them at runtime.

“We are excited to support the Alcide team as they address the current market need for a new kind of a cloud firewall,” said Ben Weiss, partner at CE Ventures. “Alcide’s Microservices Firewall provides discovery of infrastructure and application dependencies, as well as difficult-to-obtain enforcement of unified security controls, wrapped up in a simplified security platform.”

“As cloud adoption continues to grow rapidly, businesses are faced with new security blind spots inherent in distributed environments,” said Anthony Lin, Intel Capital vice president and managing director of Intel Capital International. “Alcide’s unified security solution helps to address these risks by enabling businesses to uniformly secure and control their environments – regardless of their cloud provider, workload or third-party services.”

Today’s announcement builds on major company momentum for Alcide over the past 10 months, starting with an initial seed round of $5.2M in December 2017. Alcide then announced the general availability of its security platform in April 2018, was named a Gartner Cool Vendor for Cloud Security in May and released a product update that included AWS Lambda support and availability on AWS marketplace and Azure marketplace.

“We built Alcide as a security solution that can enforce unique app-based security policies across all services, uniformly and automatically, but can also address the real need of security and DevOps teams to have one consolidated and comprehensive approach that includes the network, applications and external services,” said Ranny Nachmias, CEO and co-founder of Alcide. “We’re excited to use this funding to bring our Microservices Firewall to new markets and expand our sales and marketing teams, on the leading edge of the cloud-security revolution.”

Alcide has also expanded its presence into the US and EMEA markets, with new hires and channels that will support business development.

Alcide has also been selected as one of the first security solutions available in the new AWS Marketplace for Containers. AWS customers running and managing containers can now take advantage of Alcide’s cloud security platform, providing real-time visibility and observability across container environments and setting automated application-aware security policies.

“Businesses are increasingly moving towards the cloud to cut costs and increase agility, with majority of companies choosing AWS as the cloud provider of choice”, said Ranny Nachmias, CEO and Co-Founder of Alcide. “We are excited to be invited and become one of the first security solutions available in the new AWS Marketplace for Containers. Providing an extra layer of network protection to AWS’ existing cloud infrastructure, we aim to continuously offer our customers a simple and seamless deployment model through the marketplace, combined with our full management, control and enforcement of any type of cloud workload.”

The Alcide cloud-native security platform provides a single view into containerized environments and offers workload-level protection as an additional layer of security. Through application-aware security controls for cloud infrastructure, workloads and external service mesh, Alcide enables DevOps and security teams to effectively manage application and networking security. Companies moving to cloud-native app architecture can use Alcide to reduce and manage risk and exposure in unique workloads.

Expanding its available delivery options for cloud-enabled software, AWS Marketplace is adding support for software products that use Docker containers. The AWS Marketplace for Containers will now support container products that run on any Docker-compatible runtime, including Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) and Amazon Elastic Container Services for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS).

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