Apple’s FoundationDB Acquisition Builds on Earlier Database Buy

Apple Inc.’s acquisition of FoundationDB LLC gives it some top engineering talent, and follows another stealthy acquisition to bulk up data capabilities as it seeks to expand cloud-computing services.

The purchase of the Vienna, Virginia-based software maker follows a deal for closely held Acunu Ltd., a U.K.-based data analysis company, Apple said.

Both purchases show Apple is placing more emphasis on the development of solid data infrastructure to help provide services to its legions of global consumers beyond iPhones and iPads.

Acunu produced technology to provide analytics on databases. Its technology can work with and improve other tools, like the free Cassandra database, which Apple runs on several thousand computers.

FoundationDB’s technology paired some of the ease-of-use associated with modern databases with the reliability of legacy systems from companies such as Oracle Corp. It isn’t clear whether Acunu’s technology can be integrated with that from FoundationDB.

Acunu’s Chief Technology Officer Tim Moreton began working as a manager for the Cupertino, California-based company’s iCloud division in December 2013, according to his LinkedIn profile. Other profiles of Acunu employees show many people changing from Acunu to Apple at the start of 2014.

Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has been overseeing some of Apple’s most aggressive purchases in recent years, including buying Beats Electronics LLC for $3 billion in 2014. Last year, Apple acquired 17 companies, Cook said in February during a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. conference in San Francisco.

No financial details of the acquisitions was disclosed.

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