Deep-tech player Hadean raises £7.2m to build cloud-first OS

7 Mar 2019390 Views

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From left: Hadean co-founders Rashid Mansoor and Craig Beddis. Image: Hadean

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Hadean wants to turn the cloud into a single giant supercomputer.

London deep-tech start-up Hadean has just raised £7.2m in an investment led by Draper Esprit to build a cloud-first operating system.

Hadean is redesigning the technology stack from first principles for the cloud to enable developers to scale their code for applications that require vast computing power.

‘The complexity of the current software stack will only trip us up. Hadean have ripped up the rule book and redesigned the architecture from scratch’
– SIMON COOK

HadeanOS enables programmers to scale their code, as it treats entire cloud data centres as a single gigantic computer. Its goal is to ultimately rid companies of the need for DevOps, which it claims is already a huge function among tech teams today.

“Technology companies today are hampered by their ability to scale their platforms to meet demand and exploit data,” said Craig Beddis, Hadean co-founder and CEO.

“Our technology, which was derived from first principles, eliminates the significant manpower and time wasted on engineering and DevOps. I am excited to have an investor of the calibre of Draper Esprit on board, with its proven track record in deep-tech investment, leading this round.”

From games to life

One application for Hadean’s cloud simulation engine is massive multiplayer online games. CCP Games, the creator of the hugely influential Eve Onlineannounced yesterday (6 March) that it is working with Hadean to break the record number of players in one battle at a time.

Meanwhile, the Francis Crick Institute is using Hadean’s platform to build complex models of protein-protein interactions to help research diseases such as cancer.

“New technologies to enable developers to build applications that can scale in the cloud are sorely needed,” said Simon Cook, CEO of Draper Esprit.

“As technology advances in areas such as AI, blockchain and simulation, the complexity of the current software stack will only trip us up. Hadean have ripped up the rule book and redesigned the architecture from scratch. Their technology has been developed by world-class engineers and we are delighted to be partnering alongside Craig, Rashid and the rest of the team.”

John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist who served as editor of Siliconrepublic.com for 17 years.

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