A London start-up which says its cloud-first OS is a ‘world first’ has raised $10 million.

Hadean is the company behind HadeanOS, which “allows software engineers to write, ship and scale their applications at any size without worrying about clunky layers of middleware, high rates of failure or resource strain”.

It says this enables developers to bring their most ambitious applications to life.

Hadean has also built distributed simulation engine Aether Engine on top of HadeanOS, which the Francis Crick Institute is using to research novel binding sites for tackling diseases like cancer.

World-famous gaming studio CCP Games has also announced it will work with Hadean on EVE: Aether Wars, a 10,000-player experience that will break the record for most players involved in a single online battle.

Draper Esprit led the investment round, which included Aster and specialist gaming investor London Venture Partners. Existing investors Luminous Ventures and Entrepreneur First also participated in the round.

Hadean will open Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on March 20th with a talk entitled ‘The Tech Driving The Future of Multiplayer’, offering global audiences an extensive first look at Aether Engine.

"Technology companies today are hampered by their ability to scale their platforms to meet demand and exploit data,” said Craig Beddis, Hadean’s 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.’’

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

“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 [Mansoor, CTO] and the rest of the team.”