HBase is a juxtaposition of simplicity and complexity. The data storage model is pretty straightforward, with a few built-in schema constraints. It doesn’t help, though, that many terms are overloaded with baggage from the relational world (for example, words like table and column). Most of HBase schema design is deciding on the performance characteristics of your tables and columns.

HBase’s Strengths

Noteworthy features of HBase include a robust scale-out architecture and built-in versioning and compression capabilities. HBase’s built-in versioning capability can be a compelling feature for certain use cases. Keeping the version history of wiki pages is a crucial feature for policing and maintenance, for instance. By choosing HBase, ...

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