What is Hadoop Hbase?
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Hadoop Hbase is a column-oriented database management system that runs on top of HDFS. It is well suited for sparse data sets, which are common in many big data use cases. An HBase system comprises a set of tables. Each table contains rows and columns, much like a traditional database. Each table must have an element defined as a Primary Key, and all access attempts to HBase tables must use this Primary Key. HBase allows for many attributes to be grouped together into what are known as column families, such that the elements of a column family are all stored together. This is different from a row-oriented relational database, where all the columns of a given row are stored together. HBase is very flexible and therefore able to adapt to changing application requirements. HBase is built on concepts similar to those of MapReduce and HDFS (NameNode and slave nodes). In HBase a master node manages the cluster and region servers store portions of the tables and perform the work on the data. In the same way HDFS has some enterprise concerns due to the availability of the NameNode, HBase is also sensitive to the loss of its master node.

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