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Apache HBase is the Hadoop database, a distributed, scalable, big data store. Use Apache HBase when you need random, realtime read/write access to your Big Data. This project's goal is the hosting of very large tables -- billions of rows X millions of columns -- atop clusters of commodity hardware.
Nick is a committer on Apache HBase. He is based in Seattle, where he works for Hortonworks. He is also a coauthor of HBase in Action.
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