When to use Hadoop HBase Hive and Pig

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What are the benefits of using either Hadoop or HBase or Hive ?

From my understanding, HBase avoids using map-reduce and has a column oriented storage on top of HDFS. Hive is a sql-like interface for Hadoop and HBase.

I would also like to know how Hive compares with Pig

Nov 20, 2020 in Big Data Hadoop by anonymous
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MapReduce is just a computing framework. HBase has nothing to do with it. That said, you can efficiently put or fetch data to/from HBase by writing MapReduce jobs. Alternatively, you can write sequential programs using other HBase APIs, such as Java, to put or fetch the data. But we use Hadoop, HBase, etc to deal with gigantic amounts of data, so that doesn't make much sense. Using normal sequential programs would be highly inefficient when your data is too huge.

Coming back to the first part of your question, Hadoop is basically 2 things: a Distributed FileSystem (HDFS) + a Computation or Processing framework (MapReduce). Like all other FS, HDFS also provides our storage, but in a fault-tolerant manner with high throughput and lower risk of data loss (because of the replication). But, being an FS, HDFS lacks random read and write access. This is where HBase comes into the picture. It's a distributed, scalable, big data store, modeled after Google's BigTable. It stores data as key/value pairs.

Coming to Hive. It provides us data warehousing facilities on top of an existing Hadoop cluster. Along with that, it provides an SQL-like interface which makes your work easier, in case you are coming from an SQL background. You can create tables in Hive and store data there. Along with that you can even map your existing HBase tables to Hive and operate on them.

While Pig is basically a dataflow language that allows us to process enormous amounts of data very easily and quickly. Pig basically has 2 parts: the Pig Interpreter and the language, PigLatin. You write Pig script in PigLatin and using Pig interpreter process them. Pig makes our life a lot easier, otherwise writing MapReduce is always not easy. In fact, in some cases, it can really become a pain.

answered Nov 20, 2020 by Gitika
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