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    Apple has reportedly acquired a database software company, FoundationDB, which “develops scalable and fault tolerant databases that support multiple data models." TechCrunch noted that the acquisition amount is unclear but the reason behind the acquisition may be because of the company’s ability to perform ACID-compliant transactions. One of the company’s blog notes stated that FoundationDB software could achieve 54 billion writes per hour, or 14,400,000 random writes per second.

    FoundationDB's attractiveness came in the speed at which it handled ACID-compliant transactions and coupled that with strong scalability. FoundationDB hosted a booth at TechCrunch Disrupt 2012, where we first wrote about its approach to a modern NoSQL database and its 'NoSQL, YesACID' motto. FoundationDB's latest engine, which was covered by TC Columnist Jon Evanslate last year, scaled up 14.4 million random writes per second.
    It was noted that FoundationDB technology could be used in iTunes Connect, the App Store, or iTunes in the Cloud. Apple also apparently offered their same usual response saying “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Neither of the two have officially confirmed the acquisition yet, but FoundationDB has already announced on its website that software downloads aren’t being offered anymore.

    Source: TechCrunch

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    2015-03-25 10:20 AM