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From "Richard Ding (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (HBASE-7912) HBase Backup/Restore Based on HBase Snapshot and FileLink
Date Fri, 22 Feb 2013 23:02:12 GMT
Richard Ding created HBASE-7912:
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             Summary: HBase Backup/Restore Based on HBase Snapshot and FileLink
                 Key: HBASE-7912
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HBASE-7912
             Project: HBase
          Issue Type: New Feature
            Reporter: Richard Ding
            Assignee: Richard Ding


There have been attempts in the past to come up with a viable HBase backup/restore solution
(e.g., HBASE-4618).  Recently, there are many advancements and new features in HBase, for
example, FileLink, Snapshot, and Distributed Barrier Procedure. This is a proposal for a backup/restore
solution that utilizes these new features to achieve better performance and consistency. 
 
A common practice of backup and restore in database is to first take full baseline backup,
and then periodically take incremental backup that capture the changes since the full baseline
backup. HBase cluster can store massive amount data.  Combination of full backups with incremental
backups has tremendous benefit for HBase as well.  The following is a typical scenario for
full and incremental backup.

# The user takes a full backup of a table or a set of tables in HBase. 
# The user schedules periodical incremental backups to capture the changes from the full backup,
or from last incremental backup.
# The user needs to restore table data to a past point of time.
# The full backup is restored to the table(s) or to different table name(s).  Then the incremental
backups that are up to the desired point in time are applied on top of the full backup. 

We would support the following key features and capabilities.

* Full backup uses HBase snapshot to capture HFiles.
* Use HBase WALs to capture incremental changes, but we use bulk load of HFiles for fast incremental
restore.
* Support single table or a set of tables, and column family level backup and restore.
* Restore to different table names.
* Support adding additional tables or CF to backup set without interruption of incremental
backup schedule.
* Support rollup/combining of incremental backups into longer period and bigger incremental
backups.
* Unified command line interface for all the above.

The solution will support HBase backup to FileSystem, either on the same cluster or across
clusters.  It has the flexibility to support backup to other devices and servers in the future.
 


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