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YugabyteDB is an open-source, cloud-native, distributed SQL database for global applications. It can maintain ACID transactions and features secondary indexes to facilitate complex queries across various data models. The database supports automatic sharding, synchronous replication across multiple zones or regions to minimize recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO), consistent backups across geographically distributed clusters, and enables developers to create high-throughput systems with low-latency responses. Built on Google Spanner's architecture principles and PostgreSQL compatibility of CitusDB, YugabyteDB allows scalable deployments while maintaining the familiar SQL interface for developers transitioning from traditional databases. Its flexibility makes it suitable for mission-critical use cases in financial services, e-commerce platforms requiring real-time inventory management reconciliation, or any industry where rapid data scaling is crucial.

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