Performance tuning

The HBase architecture provides the flexibility of using different optimizations to help the system perform optimally, increase the scalability and efficiency, and provide better performance. HBase is the most popular NoSQL technology due to its flexible Data Model and its interface components.

The components that are very useful and widely used are:

  • Compression
  • Filters
  • Counters
  • HBase co-processors


HBase can utilize compression due to its column-oriented design which is ideal for block compression on Column Families. HBase handles sparse data in an optimal way as no reference or space is occupied for null values. Compressions can be of different types and can be compared depending upon the compression ratio, encoding time, ...

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