Alibaba Cloud HBase X-Pack Service: A New Standard for HBase Cloud Services
By ApsaraDB Team
On December 13, 2018, the 8th China Cloud Computing Standards and Application Conference was held in Beijing. At the conference, Alibaba Cloud HBase announced the launch of a new X-Pack service that supports the retrieval of SQL, time-series, spatial-temporal, image, and full-text, as well as the execution of complex analyses. From processing to analyzing full-stack databases, customers can use it out of the box to meet their needs for richer business processing and easier use of databases.
In addition, the new cloud HBase service also has a number of exclusive enterprise-level capabilities, including non-perceived separation of hot and cold data, hundreds of TB of backup recovery, dual-active across regions and enterprise-level security, which can solve many challenges such as customer cost and security, allowing customers to focus on business development.
Cao Long (technical director of Alibaba Cloud ApsaraDB HBase and one of the founders of China HBase technology community) and Yang Wenlong (Apache HBase Community Committer&PMC, and head of Ali-HBase kernel) jointly released the X-Pack service
Features of Alibaba Cloud HBase X-Pack Service
Based on the new release, the capability of HBase has been expanded, enhancing the value of computation and business.
Based on KV, cloud HBase supports a variety of data models, such as time-series, spatial-temporal, image, and full-text and document models, and has built-in rich processing capabilities, thus improving the efficiency of business development by a hundredfold.
Offline and Online Integration Processing
Based on the powerful online capability, HBase integrates the capabilities of stream processing, batch processing, OLAP, OLTP, high-speed object storage, and full-text retrieval. It is very suitable for the demands of complex business scenarios of enterprises and provides customers with the ability to integrate business out of the box.
Increased Backup Recovery Level
Backup recovery level has increased by more than a hundredfold, with the largest in the database field. The backup and recovery capabilities of traditional databases are often insufficient to deal with NoSQL scenarios. Cloud HBase successfully achieves a backup recovery level of hundreds of TBs or higher through vertical integration of high compression, kernel-level optimization, distributed processing and other capabilities, alleviating customers’ concerns.
Non-Perceived Separation of Hot and Cold Data
Alibaba Cloud takes the lead in supporting non-perceived separation of hot and cold data without affecting customers’ business, to help enterprises to easily handle cold data processing at only 1/3 of the cost without having to modify code.
Alibaba Cloud HBase provides a new cold storage medium for cold data storage scenarios. While having 1/3 the storage cost of an ultra cloud disk while maintaining equivalent write performance, it can ensure that the data can be read at any time. The use of cold storage is very simple. Users can choose cold storage as an additional storage space when purchasing cloud HBase instances, and specify cold data to be stored on the cold storage medium through table creation statements. This reduces the storage cost, obtaining low-cost storage capacity without code modifications, ultimately helping enterprises reduce the overall cost.
Alibaba Cloud HBase in Action
According to the introduction, Alibaba Group started to research and put HBase into the production environment as early as 2010. From the initial Taobao historical transaction records to Ant security risk control data storage, it has been utilized for 8 years and tested against 8 years of November 11 shopping sprees. At the same time, the largest and most professional HBase technical team in China has been built, including 4 PMCs and 7 committers, with more than 200 important features in the HBase kernel being contributed by Alibaba. The scale of the group leads the world with in excess of 10,000 units, and the scale of single cluster exceeding 1,000 units.
Since Alibaba Cloud began providing the HBase cloud service in August 2017, it has currently served thousands of large enterprise customers and thousands of online clusters, and covered dozens of industries, such as social networking, finance, governments and enterprises, Internet of Vehicles (IoV), transportation, logistics, retail and e-commerce, helping single users withstand the business pressure of tens of millions of QPS and realizing the efficient storage and processing of hundreds of PB of data.
It is reported that the service is the fastest growing database service of Alibaba Cloud and one of the cloud services with the highest proportion of large enterprise customers. On June 6, 2018, Alibaba Cloud first launched HBase 2.0 to the world, which makes it a well-deserved leader in the HBase field. The Alibaba Cloud HBase team continues to optimize services around customer business, cost, and operation & maintenance, to promote the digital transformation of the enterprise and to bring leading technologies to more customers.