Integrate Live FTP Data into Custom Business Apps Built in Power Apps

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Use CData Connect Cloud to create a virtual SQL Server Database for FTP data and integrate live FTP data into apps built in Microsoft Power Apps.

Power Apps is a service for building and using custom business apps that connect to your data and work across the web and mobile — without the time and expense of custom software development. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to FTP data from the apps you build using Power Apps. This article shows how to connect Connect Cloud from Power Apps and build an app based on live FTP data.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure SQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for FTP, allowing you to easily integrate with live FTP data in Power Apps — without replicating the data. CData Connect Cloud looks exactly like a SQL Server database to Power Apps and uses optimized data processing out of the box to push all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to FTP, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return FTP data.

Create a Virtual SQL Database for FTP Data

CData Connect Cloud uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Login to Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "FTP" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to FTP.

    FTP は、プレーンテキスト接続およびSSL/TLS 接続の両方をサポートします。FTP サーバーに接続するには、RemoteHost、User、およびPassword を指定します。SSLMode およびSSLServerCert を設定して、TSL/SSL による接続をセキュアにします。TLS/SSL を介した接続の設定について詳しくは、ヘルプドキュメントの「高度な設定」を参照してください。

    次の接続プロパティを設定し、ファイルシステムのリレーショナルビューをコントロールします。

    • RemotePath:現在の作業ディレクトリに設定。
    • TableDepth:ビューとしてレポートするサブフォルダの深度を制御するために設定。
    • FileRetrievalDepth:ファイルを再帰的に取得し、Root テーブルにリストするために設定。

    ストアドプロシージャ は、ファイル、のダウンロード、アップロード、およびプロトコルコマンドの送信に利用できます。 SQL を使用してサーバーと対話する方法の詳細については、ヘルプドキュメントの「データモデル」を参照してください。

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connecting to CData Connect Cloud

To use Connect Cloud to integrate FTP data into your Power Apps, you need a new SQL Server connection:

  1. Log in to Power Apps
  2. Click Data -> Connections -> New connection
  3. Select SQL Server
  4. In the connection wizard:

    • Choose to connect directly
    • Set SQL server name to the address of your Connect Cloud instance (myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Set SQL database name to the name of the virtual FTP database you created earlier (like ftpdb)
    • Set the Username and Password and click Create

Building a Data-Centric App for FTP Data

With the connection to Connect Cloud configured, you are ready to integrate live FTP data into the apps you build in Power Apps.

  1. Log in to Power Apps
  2. Click Create, hover over "Start from data" and click Make this app
  3. Select the SQL Server connection you created
  4. Search for or choose a table to work with
  5. Click Connect
  6. Customize the newly created app just like you would any other, including changing the layout and setting the fields exposed in BrowseScreen, DetailScreen, and EditScreen

At this point, you have an app with read and write access to live FTP data that you can save and publish for use within your organization.

SQL Access to FTP Data from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct connection to live FTP data from Microsoft Power Apps. You can create more connections and apps to drive business — all without replicating FTP data.

To get SQL data access to 230+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, see the CData Connect Cloud.