Is access Hbase possible through Spark 1.3.1/SQL though Hive to Hbase? in Spark 1.4 or is it 1.5?
There are multiple Spark to HBase connector. See an example on HDP http://stackoverflow.com/questions/25040709/how-to-read-from-hbase-using-spark
But the existing connectors don't leverage HBase for Scans. We are building a more efficient Spark Hbase connector.
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Based on this
and yes,Spark 1.3 and HBase integration started. Link
Our official blog talks about it here
In case it helps, we had been able to access data from Phoenix as Spark RDD using early version of HDP 2.3 (Spark 1.3). See steps here
Splice Machine (Open Source) uses Spark 1.6.1 deployed in Yarn.
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