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NoSQL Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Emerging World of Polyglot Persistence by Pramod J. Sadalage, Martin Fowler

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Chapter 10. Column-Family Stores

Column-family stores, such as Cassandra [Cassandra], HBase [Hbase], Hypertable [Hypertable], and Amazon SimpleDB [Amazon SimpleDB], allow you to store data with keys mapped to values and the values grouped into multiple column families, each column family being a map of data.

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10.1. What Is a Column-Family Data Store?

There are many column-family databases. In this chapter, we will talk about Cassandra but also reference other column-family databases to discuss features that may be of interest in particular scenarios.

Column-family databases store data in column families as rows that have many columns associated ...

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