FoundationDB, founded in 2009, has been developing a NoSQL (for not only SQL) database designed for high-performance transaction processing. Last month the Vienna, Va.-based company exited stealth mode and began shipping its new technology that poses a direct challenge to established relational database vendors like Oracle and Microsoft.
There's been a wave of NoSQL databases from such vendors as MarkLogic, Basho Technologies and Couchbase. But many of those products focus on analytical applications. The forte of FoundationDB's scalable, fault-tolerant database is its compliance with ACID (atomicity, consistency, isolation and durability) benchmarks, the standard for ensuring that critical database transactions are reliably processed.
The company was co-founded by David Rosenthal and Nick Lavezzo.