Review: HBase is massively scalable -- and hugely complex

Apache HBase offers extreme scalability, reliability, and flexibility, but at the cost of many moving parts

Apache HBase 0.94 at a glance

  • Built-in versioning
  • Strong consistency at the record level
  • Provides RDBMS-like triggers and stored procedures through coprocessors
  • Built on tried-and-true Hadoop technologies
  • Active development community
  • Lacks a friendly, SQL-like query language
  • Lots of moving parts
  • Setup beyond a single-node development cluster can be difficult
PlatformsRequires Java SE version 6; can be run on Windows using Cygwin
CostFree, open source under the Apache License version 2.0

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InfoWorld Scorecard
Ease of use (30.0%)
Installation and setup (15.0%)
Value (10.0%)
Management (30.0%)
Documentation (15.0%)
Overall Score (100%)
Apache HBase 0.94.12 7.0 7.0 9.0 7.0 7.0 7.2
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