The world is moving toward a NoSQL one. It’s requiring us to learn new techniques and approaches to working with data. We have to spend more time engineering and designing schemas. Finally, we have to know more about our database’s workings than with relational databases.
That gets us to the first difficulty of NoSQL and HBase — the lack of knowledge. What is HBase? How does it work? Why should I use it?
What is HBase?
Apache HBase is a column-oriented, NoSQL database built on top of Hadoop (HDFS, to be exact). It is an open source implementation of Google’s Bigtable paper. HBase is a top-level Apache project and just released its 1.0 release after many years of development.
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