Acquired by Apple in 2015, the FoundationDB database architecture has officially gone open source, the company announced today. It’s the latest move by Apple to open more of its non-secret software initiatives to public contributions, following earlier moves with its Swift programming language, cryptographic libraries, and benchmarking tools.
While FoundationDB is far from Apple’s best-known product, it’s the database underlying iCloud, Apple’s massive cloud-based server system for holding and synchronizing hundreds of millions of user accounts — plus trillions of pieces of data. Apple describes FoundationDB as a scalable “distributed datastore, designed from the ground up to be deployed on clusters of commodity hardware,” focusing on data consistency

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