From: DataWorks Summit 2017 - Munich - 20170406 HBase hast established itself as the backend for many operational and interactive use-cases, powering well-known services that support millions of users and thousands of concurrent requests. In terms of features HBase has come a long way, overing advanced options such as multi-level caching on- and off-heap, pluggable request handling, fast recovery options such as region replicas, table snapshots for data governance, tuneable write-ahead logging and so on. This talk is based on the research for the an upcoming second release of the speakers HBase book, correlated with the practical experience in medium to large HBase projects around the world. You will learn how to plan for HBase, starting with the selection of the matching use-cases, to determining the number of servers needed, leading into performance tuning options. There is no reason to be afraid of using HBase, but knowing its basic premises and technical choices will make using it much more successful. You will also learn about many of the new features of HBase up to version 1.3, and where they are applicable.