What's behind NoSQL maker FoundationDB's disappearing act?

NoSQL database creator ceases offering downloads and removes its GitHub repositories after reportedly being bought by Apple

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FoundationDB, a proprietary NoSQL database system with transactional features akin to conventional databases, has allegedly been purchased by Apple, according to TechCrunch. But more dismaying to the database community, FoundationDB's GitHub repository -- and other software stashes that featured its open source work -- have all been taken offline or set to private.

In addition, none of the company's previously offered software downloads are available. (FoundationDB previously offered a free, but not open source, version of its application.)

Neither FoundationDB's blog nor its Twitter account has given any indication what might be going on. The only public communication from the company is a notice posted on FoundationDB's commmunity message board:

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. If you have any technical questions, please email info@foundationdb.com.

Aside from FoundationDB's GitHub repositories having been deleted or set to private -- it's impossible to tell from the outside which might be the case -- other software associated with FoundationDB has been pulled. FoundationDB's packages in the Python Package Index (PyPI), which contains Python-language bindings for the database, have been removed, though at least one backup copy of files appears to be extant. A few other forks of FoundationDB projects, such as its SQL parser, may also still be floating around. (Copies of the original repository might also be accessible through the Google Cache.)

TechCrunch says Apple purchased FoundationDB to run some of Apple's back-end infrastructure, such as the App Store or Apple's long-rumored forthcoming TV service. FoundationDB previously pitched the most recent revamp of its product, version 3.0, as well-suited to high-speed data ingestion.

FoundationDB didn't immediately reply to requests for comment via Twitter.

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