Apple has reportedly acquired a NoSQL database company called FoundationDB in a move that could bolster the resilience of the firm's iTunes and App Store services.
FoundationDB touts its services as offering “rock-solid” reliability and high performance to help users manage large amounts of data and build APIs on top.
“All data is safely stored, distributed and replicated in the Key-Value Store component, and new functionality, like our SQL Layer, is layered on top of its simple API,” the firm states on its website.
The deal has not been confirmed publicly, but a note on the FoundationDB website says that the firm has now stopped offering services.
“Thank you for your support of FoundationDB over the last five years. We’re grateful to have shared our vision of building the best database software and we strongly value your participation in this community,” it said.
“We have made the decision to evolve our company mission and, as of today, we will no longer offer downloads.”
The firm has also taken down all its data from repositories on GitHub.
V3 contacted Apple for confirmation of the deal but received the usual statement on rumoured acquisitions.
“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," the firm said.
The move for a database company is seen as an effort to boost Apple's ability to handle the ever-increasing amount of content and transactions taking place on its platforms, notably iTunes and the App Store.
iTunes and the App Store were offline for around 12 hours earlier this month, costing Apple as much as £17m in lost sales.
The use of NoSQL technologies is popular with many firms. Ryanair recently discussed its use of Couchbase's Mobile and Server NoSQL databases to create a customer-focused mobile app that can survive without a wireless broadband connection.
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