Connecting to a File Store

This topic provides instructions for connecting to the file system that all Anzo components will read from and write to during the onboarding processes. At least one file store needs to be shared between Anzo, AnzoGraph, and any Anzo Unstructured, Elasticsearch, or Spark servers. In almost all cases, organizations create an NFS to mount to all of the servers in the Anzo environment. Mounted file systems typically offer the best performance for reading and writing files. For more information, see Deploying the Shared File System in the Anzo Deployment and User Guide.

The Anzo server file system location is configured and accessible by default. If you store files on a storage system that is mounted directly onto the Anzo, AnzoGraph, Elasticsearch, Anzo Unstructured, and Spark servers, you are not required to configure that location.

Anzo supports reading from and writing to local or mounted file systems (such as NFS), Hadoop Distributed File Systems (HDFS), File Transfer Protocol (FTP or FTPS) systems, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) storage, and Amazon Simple Cloud Storage Service (S3).

Administrator privileges are required to complete this task. Specifically, the Manage File Stores and Administer System Setup permissions are required.

  1. In the Administration application, expand the Connections menu and click File Store. Anzo displays the File Store screen, which lists existing file store connections. For example:

  2. Click the Add File Connection button and select the type of file connection that you want to create. For the local disk or mounted NFS, choose Local File Connection. Anzo displays the create connection screen for the type of connection you chose.
  3. On the connection screen, provide the file system details. The settings that display depend on the type of file connection that you chose. The list below describes the settings for each file connection type. Click a connection type to view the settings for that type:
  4. Click Save to save the configuration. The file store connection that you specified becomes available as a choice when you create graph data stores or select source files to onboard.

See Creating an Anzo Data Store for instructions on designating a directory on the file store where file-based linked data sets and other files can be created during the ETL process (see File-Based Linked Data Set for more information).

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