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FoundationDB is working on a new document database

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January 5, 2015

Earlier this morning, FoundationDB, the ACID-compliant NoSQL specialist, said that it's currently working on a new document database.

The company already has a prototype that’s in the hands of early customers with plans to go public this year, we are told.

The decision follows the delivery of an ACID-compliant graph database for use with FoundationDB’s existing NoSQL engine.

The document database would run on top of the company’s recently upgraded key-value store engine. If it is successful, FoundationDB could succeed in throwing up another bridge between the once-separate worlds of NoSQL and relational databases.

A successful FoundationDB document store would see the six-year-old company potentially compete with NoSQL through offerings like MongoDB.

It could also see Foundation’s underlying NoSQL engine take on Cassandra-– the open-source distributed database system.

All NoSQL contenders come from the position of throwing out ACID to hit performance and scale on storing, searching and serving unstructured data.

They also claim to offer varying degrees of ACID compliance. ACID is vital because it delivers data and transactional accuracy that’s helped turn relational databases into a multi-billion dollar industry owned by Oracle.

According to FoundationDB CEO Dave Rosenthal, people are coming to FoundationDB precisely because of its ACID guarantees-– something that his firm has recently worked on to enshrine in the firm’s code right from the beginning.

FoundationDB’s document store follows the release of its Key Value Store 3.0 in December, which saw a massive re-write of its main components for greater scale.

The firm claims that Foundation Key Value Store 3.0 can make 14.4 million random writes a second on a 32-bit machine cluster.

It achieved this in part by re-writing the Flow programming language that’s used to build FoundationDB to improve overall communications inside the DB.

To be sure, the re-write comes on the heels of previous benchmarks that claimed to have pushed Cassandra to more than one million writes per second on clustered instances.

Dinging the NoSQL camp again for their continued lack of full ACID compliance, Rosenthal said that version 3.0 has defied conventional wisdom that to achieve huge scale in non-relational databases, you must compromise on ACID compliance.

Source: FoundationDB.

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