We learned through conversations with many F500 companies that current firewalls weren’t sufficient protection against content-based attacks, particularly for encrypted traffic (e.g., SSL). Despite some cloud vendors offering point-solutions, there were no platforms that (1) met performance requirements, (2) were easily managed, and (3) could span local networks and multi-cloud environments. CISOs repeatedly pointed out performance and orchestration as key friction points slowing down cloud deployments.
Heretofore, enterprises adopting the public cloud had no choice but to implement brittle security technology that (1) involved stitching together disparate vendors, (2) interacting with multiple management systems, and (3) suffered from unpredictable and high latency routing through various hardware and software components. Despite this friction, a recent Gartner survey of public cloud users, showed 81 percent of respondents are working with two or more cloud providers. As organizations shift and launch new applications in the cloud, enterprise security teams face an exponentially increasing surface area to control and protect.
The oft-quoted dichotomy of good security is that adequate protection is a bottleneck to innovation. In reality, good security and innovation go hand-in-hand, which is something the team at Valtix have experienced first-hand and why we at Vertex Ventures US have partnered with them.
I met Vishal Jain, the CEO and co-founder of Valtix, in late 2017 through a mutual friend (whom I deeply respect as a brilliant technologist). He introduced us with the line, “I’ve known Vishal for nearly 20 years, he is one of the best engineers and technologists I know.” It was immediately clear that Vishal would think differently — he learned how to steadfastly execute, engage enterprise customers, and build truly scalable products as an engineering leader at Andiamo, Nuova, and Insieme (three successful Cisco spin-ins). A few days later, I met the Valtix co-founders, Vijay Chander, and Praveen Patnala, who cemented my belief that the Valtix team identified a substantial market gap and were uniquely qualified to build a novel product. All three co-founders are exceptional engineers, having created hardware, firmware, and cloud security products in their past roles — this is an unusual feat in a team nucleus.
Herein lies the opportunity for Valtix, an inline security service that functions at the pace of apps. Valtix squeezes cloud infrastructure for performance, using advanced computing to increase throughput, enhance security, and reduce latency — a centralized multi-cloud controller supports deployments for AWS and Azure (with GCP coming later this year). The firewall service is architected with built-in auto-scaling, app-aware security policies, and a single-pass pipeline for TLS, deep packet inspection (DPI), IPS, advanced WAF, and more. High performance typically comes at a high cost, Valtix prices the service on a pay-as-you-go basis, just like cloud consumption.
It has only been 15 months since we initially partnered with Vishal, Vijay, and Praveen. In that time, the team created a nouveau cloud firewall that’s already used by well-known brands. They’ve grown to 16 people, and are looking to grow a lot more! Check out the careers page if you’re hungry for packet processing involving multi-processor architectures, or enjoy turning complicated security technology into beautifully simple solutions.
Congratulations to the Valtix team on their successes thus far. We are thrilled to continue partnering with Vishal, Vijay, and Praveen, and can’t wait for what they do next!