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7 Issues to Consider When Evaluating FoundationDB

FoundationDB enjoys a unique spot in the transactional NoSQL space given its positioning as a basic key-value database that can be used to build new, more application-friendly databases. Given that many of the guarantees provided by its core engine (such as multi-shard ACID transactions and high fault tolerance) are similar to those provided by YugabyteDB, our users often ask us for a comparison. These users are essentially trying to understand whether they should build their app directly using one of the three YugabyteDB APIs or should they explore/build a new database layer on FoundationDB first.

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Why are NoSQL Databases Becoming Transactional?

The NoSQL database revolution started with the publication of the Google BigTable and Amazon Dynamo papers in 2006 and 2007 respectively. These original designs focused on horizontal write scalability without compromising the performance observed in the single node databases dominant at that time. The compromises instead came either in the form of eventual consistency (i.e. inability to read the last update) or loss of multi-key access patterns (such as SQL integrity/foreign key constraints,

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