Luminal, a Maryland-based startup that specializes in cloud operations and management solutions, has secured $10 million in a Series B funding round led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA).

Previous investors Core Capital Partners and the Maryland Venture Fund also participated in the Series B round.

Luminal has raised $13.8 million in financing to date, and the company is prepared to expand its team.

"In the short-term, we plan to grow the engineering team significantly," Luminal CEO Josh Stella told Talkin' Cloud. "We're working on several hard problems -- from immutable infrastructure as a turnkey infrastructure capability, to writing a declarative and functional domain-specific language. These are areas that require specialized talent to do well, and having NEA and our other partners behind us allows us to attract more of that talent."

Stella said Luminal also plans to educate the cloud solutions market on its unique approach to cloud architecture.

"We're building solutions from first principles to tackle hard problems in computing, and the strong support we've received from NEA, Core Capital, the Maryland Venture Fund and our other investors helps make that possible," Stella said in a prepared statement.

What is Luminal's mission?

Here are three things you need to know about Luminal:

  1. Luminal has developed a solution to automate the deployment and operations of cloud-based systems.
  2. Luminal's product initially will be available on Amazon Web Services (AWS).
  3. Beta testers can sign up to try the product here.

"Our goal is to provide our customers with declarative control, increased efficiency and native security for their cloud infrastructure by provisioning, maintaining and operating assets automatically," Stella said. "We make immutable infrastructure easy to implement."

NEA General Partner Harry Weller said he believes Luminal will make it easier for businesses to leverage the cloud.

"The complexity of cloud deployments is only increasing with adoption, and there is an escalating need for a cheaper, more scalable way to manage it all," he said. "Luminal is developing a radically new approach to cloud architecture that leverages ephemeral components to allow for a higher degree of automation, efficiency and security."

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