Apple has reportedly acquired database company FoundationDB, according to a new report from TechCrunch. The report cites sources and notes that the company is no longer offering downloads of its main database software product after posting the following notice to its website:
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. We have made the decision to evolve our company mission and, as of today, we will no longer offer downloads.
As noted in the report, Apple is likely looking to improve its cloud services with the acquisition:
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So. A fast, affordable and durable database company, acquired by Apple. It seems likely that this was an acquisition designed to bolster Apple’s server-side technologies for the App Store, iTunes Connect or iTunes in the Cloud. With millions of apps now in the store and billions being served to users, there is undoubtedly room for improvement in those systems.
Although FoundationDB has yet to officially confirm the acquisition, Apple provided its usual statement to TechCrunch, which in the past has proven to be confirmation for other acquisitions:
“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”