Sneak Preview: HBaseCon 2015 General Session

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As is its tradition, this year’s HBaseCon General Session includes keynotes about the world’s most awesome HBase deployments.

It’s Spring, which also means that it’s HBaseCon season—the time when the Apache HBase community gathers for its annual ritual.

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Specifically, when HBaseCon 2015 arrives on May 7 in San Francisco, it will do so with a loud bang: Yet again, the agenda contains presentations from the developers and operators of some of the world’s most impressive production HBase deployments, including those in use at Adobe, Cerner, Dropbox, eBay, Facebook, FINRA, Pinterest,, Xiaomi, Yahoo!, and more.  (For a taste of what HBaseCon is like, see the photos and presentations from 2014.)

Over the next few weeks, as is my custom, I’ll be bringing you sneak previews of session content (across Operations, Development & Internals, Ecosystem, and Use Cases tracks) accepted by the Program Committee. In this post, we’ll begin with the General Session:

  • “The State of HBase”

    Andrew Purtell (, Enis Söztutar (Hortonworks), Michael Stack (Cloudera)

    With HBase hitting the 1.0 mark and adoption/production use cases continuing to grow, it’s been an exciting year since last we met at HBaseCon 2014. What is the state of HBase and its ecosystem today, and where does it go from here?

  • “Bigtable and HBase: Storing the World’s Data”

    Carter Page (Google)

    HBase is based on Bigtable, designed over a decade ago at Google. This architecture is the choice for mind-bendingly large datasets both inside and outside of Google because it scales structured data unlike anything else. As an update to his 2014 keynote, Carter will talk about how Google has continued to improve Bigtable to meet ever-larger datasets and more demanding performance requirements.

  • “Zen: A Graph Data Model on HBase”

    Raghavendra Prabhu & Xun Liu (Pinterest)

    Zen is a storage service built at Pinterest that offers a graph data model on top of HBase and potentially other storage backends. In this talk, RVP and Xun will go over the design motivation for Zen and describe its internals including the API, type system, and HBase backend. 

  • “The Evolution of HBase @ Bloomberg” 

    Matthew Hunt & Sudarshan Kadambi (Bloomberg)

    Learn the evolution and consolidation of Bloomberg’s core infrastructure around fewer, faster, and simpler systems, and the role HBase plays within that effort. You’ll also hear about HBase modifications to accommodate the “medium data” use case and get a preview of what’s to come.

As it was last year, for HBase learners, the General Session will be preceded by an optional “Apache HBase: Just the Basics” session from Jesse Anderson.

Interested yet? If not, next week, we’ll offer a preview of the Operations track.

Thank you to our sponsors — Bloomberg, Cask Data, Hortonworks, MapR, (Gold); Facebook, Google (Silver); Apache Software Foundation, The Hive Think Tank (Community); O’Reilly Media (Media) — without which HBaseCon would be impossible!