Luminal raises $20 Million for its Cloud Operating System, Changes Name to Fugue

Luminal, a Maryland-based startup developing an infrastructure-level operating system for cloud computing, has announced its name change to Fugue [few-g], which is the name of its cloud operating system. The startup has also closed a $20 million Series C financing round, led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA). This brings the total amount of financing to $34 million.

The rapid adoption of cloud computing brings new challenges as applications have become distributed and infrastructure has proliferated. Fugue would rein in this complexity and simplify cloud operations by building, enforcing, and optimizing cloud infrastructure, continuously and automatically.

Fugue can be used to operate cloud-native workloads and to migrate and run traditional data center applications in the cloud. It will initially operate workloads on Amazon Web Services (AWS Cloud).

cloud-operating-system“We view the cloud as a giant distributed computer, and Fugue is an operating system for the cloud that we’re building from first principles,” said Josh Stella, founder and CEO of Fugue. “The significant support we enjoy from NEA, Core Capital, and our other investors is what makes it possible for us to assemble the incredible team needed to tackle hard problems in distributed computing and empower customers to take control, move fast, and save money in the cloud.”

Fugue (formerly Luminal) was founded in 2012 and is based in Frederick, MD with offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and New York City.

“Until now enterprises have realized only a fraction of the cloud’s benefits, because increasing adoption has meant greater complexity,” said Harry Weller, General Partner at NEA. “To unleash the power of the cloud, management must be simple, automated, and provide a high level of control. Fugue‘s radically new approach to managing cloud infrastructure is the missing piece that will redefine the value proposition for businesses and spur the next wave of cloud adoption.”

With nearly $17 billion in cumulative committed capital since the firm’s founding in 1977, NEA invests in technology and healthcare companies at all stages in a company’s lifecycle, from seed stage through IPO.

“As their first institutional investor, it’s been remarkable watching them build out a world class team and pursue a bold vision for the cloud,” said Pascal Luck, General Partner at Core Capital. “We’re seeing an increasing demand for cloud-native solutions to today’s IT challenges, and Fugue is uniquely positioned to help customers realize the promise of the cloud.”

Core Capital is a venture capital firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., that invests in early-stage ventures and emerging growth companies developing or incorporating disruptive, ‘core’ technologies in high-growth enterprise software technologies in sectors such as Cloud, Cyber Security, Data Analytics, and Mobile.