The new method is like this :-
// Create a connection to the cluster.
HConnection connection = HConnectionManager.createConnection(Configuration);
HTableInterface table = connection.getTable("myTable");
// use table as needed, the table returned is lightweight
// use the connection for other access to the cluster
This will actually mean that we can likely get rid of HBaseConnectionPool and merge HBaseManagedConnection back into ConnectionFactoryImpl - so its like the other store plugins