The are very similar on the surface to relational database, but they are actually quite different beast. Hypertable was designed for the express purpose of solving the scalability problem, a problem that is not handled well by a traditional RDBMS. Column family databases are probably most known because of Googleâs BigTable implementation. Within a specific column family, data is stored row-by-row, with columns for a specific row being stored together instead of each column being stored individually. Practical use of a column store versus a row store differs little in the relational DBMS world. Wide columnar databases are mainly used in highly analytical and query-intensive environments. Since that number can be pretty high, we want to avoid that. The information is usually both sharded and replicated, and it is actually OK to show different results to different people, as long as they are all more or less accurate. 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