Hadoop HBase 1.0 debuts amid stiff NoSQL competition | InfoWorld
Corks popped earlier this week in the halls of the Apache Foundation, as its Apache HBase project finally reached 1.0 status after more than four years of work.
HBase, sometimes called “the Hadoop database,” is a distributed, column-oriented key-value store along the lines of Cassandra. Databases consisting of billions of rows and columns can be stored in HBase and retrieved via conventional SQL queries, and an HBase database can scale out by simply adding nodes to an existing cluster. While HBase has been a key component of Hadoop, it has become its own entity in the NoSQL world, though it faces stiff competition.