In need of serious database talent: Why Apple had to take the NoSQL plunge

“Apple has quietly — and not so quietly — been buying up Big Data companies over the past few years, most recently acquiring FoundationDB but in 2013 also purchasing Acunu, maker of a real-time analytics platform,” Matt Asay writes for ReadWrite. “The intent seems to be to purchase data infrastructure talent—and very particular talent at that.”

“Basically, Apple needed to get into NoSQL database technology in a bad way,” Asay writes. “These alternatives to traditional relational databases (long known as SQL systems) offer speed and flexibility that older-style databases can only dream of.”

Asay writes, “As former Wall Street analyst and NoSQL (MongoDB and now Aerospike) executive Peter Goldmacher declares, Apple’s interest in NoSQL translates into a need to handle ‘massive workloads in a cost-effective way.'”

Much more in the full article here.

Related articles:
Apple has secretly acquired big data analytics firm Acunu – March 26, 2015
Apple acquires FoundationDB to improve key apps and software services – March 25, 2015
Apple buys into big data? – March 25, 2015
Apple acquires FoundationDB, durable database company – March 24, 2015


  1. FoundationDB looks like a fantastic technology. I was looking forward to building in support for into my own applications platform as a data-store option, but that won’t be happening now. MongoDB has equivalent performance right now, so there wasn’t a lot to gain, but it still looked promising. Now for Apple to adopt JSON instead of the bloated XML that is used throughout their OS’s.

  2. Basically, Apple needed to get into NoSQL database technology in a bad way

    The WORLD needs to get into NoSQL database technology in a bad way! Web SQL has a terrible reputation regarding security. Here is the prime reason why:

    SQL injection

    But Apple isn’t only using NoSQL on the web. I found a couple useful articles that explain NoSQL vs SQL. Check out the “NoSQL” article at Wikipedia. But I also found this commercial/marketing article to be helpful, including a comparison chart:

    NoSQL Databases Explained

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