The connector seems also to use Phoenix for SQL-like data access. My question now is, what are the differences between this connector and Phoenix? Why should I use the Spark-HBase Connector if this uses also Phoenix? Thank you!
Actually SHC doesn't use Phoenix. It works directly with HBase, but it's able to use Phoenix style encoding for storing data. It doesn't use any metadata information from Phoenix and doesn't require phoenix installed on the server. While Phoenix-Spark module is working directly with phoenix, so it's able to obtain the information about the table schema and data types automatically. So if you are mostly working with Phoenix there is no reason to use SHC.