Bromium Raises $40M to Fuel R&D in Virtualized Security
Security startup Bromium received new funds, as it continues to build micro virtual machine technology.In a vote of confidence, investors are pumping $40 million in new funding into security startup Bromium. The company, which former Citrix XenSource executives founded, is all about leveraging virtualization technology to enable more secure operating system environments. Since its founding in 2011, Bromium has raised a total of $75 million. In 2012, when the company was still in stealth mode, co-founder Simon Crosby explained that Bromium's goal was to build a Byzantine fault tolerant system. The basic idea behind Byzantine fault tolerance is a system that is able to survive multiple and arbitrary forms of attack or failure across any of its component parts. Bromium officially launched its first commercial product, vSentry, in June 2012. The technology involves the use of micro virtual machines that break up the various pieces of computation on an operating system, Gaurav Banga, CEO of Bromium, told eWEEK. Each of the micro virtual machines provides a degree of isolation and security against the other and minimizes the risk of vulnerabilities being exposed to the underlying operating system.
vSentry version 2.0 shipped this past summer, and the company now has more than 30 large customers using the product, Banga said.