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Access Live FTP Data in TIBCO Data Virtualization

Use the CData TIBCO DV Adapter for FTP to create a FTP data source in TIBCO Data Virtualization Studio and gain access to live FTP data from your TDV Server.

TIBCO Data Virtualization (TDV) is an enterprise data virtualization solution that orchestrates access to multiple and varied data sources. When paired with the CData TIBCO DV Adapter for FTP, you get federated access to live FTP data directly within TIBCO Data Virtualization. This article walks through deploying an adapter and creating a new data source based on FTP.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData TIBCO DV Adapter offers unmatched performance for interacting with live FTP data. When you issue complex SQL queries to FTP, the adapter pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to FTP. Its built-in dynamic metadata querying allows you to work with and analyze FTP data using native data types.

Deploy the FTP TIBCO DV Adapter

  1. In a console, navigate to the bin folder in the TDV Server installation directory. If there is a current version of the adapter installed, you will need to undeploy it.

    .\server_util.bat -server localhost -user admin -password ******** -undeploy -version 1 -name FTP
    
  2. Extract the CData TIBCO DV Adapter to a local folder and deploy the JAR file (tdv.ftp.jar) to the server from the extract location.

    .\server_util.bat -server localhost -user admin -password ******** -deploy -package /PATH/TO/tdv.ftp.jar
    

You may need to restart the server to ensure the new JAR file is loaded properly, which can be accomplished by running the composite.bat script located at: C:\Program Files\TIBCO\TDV Server <version>\bin. Note that reauthenticating to the TDV Studio is required after restarting the server.

Sample Restart Call

.\composite.bat monitor restart
Once you deploy the adapter, you can create a new data source in TDV Studio for FTP.

Create a FTP Data Source in TDV Studio

With the CData TIBCO DV Adapter for FTP, you can easily create a data source for FTP and introspect the data source to add resources to TDV.

Create the Data Source

  1. Right-click on the folder you wish to add the data source to and select New -> New Data Source.
  2. Scroll until you find the adapter (e.g. FTP) and click Next.
  3. Name the data source (e.g. CData FTP Source).
  4. Fill in the required connection properties.

    To connect to FTP or SFTP servers, specify at least RemoteHost and FileProtocol. Specify the port with RemotePort.

    Set User and Password to perform Basic authentication. Set SSHAuthMode to use SSH authentication. See the Getting Started section of the data provider help documentation for more information on authenticating via SSH.

    Set SSLMode and SSLServerCert to secure connections with SSL.

    The data provider lists the tables based on the available folders in your FTP server. Set the following connection properties to control the relational view of the file system:

    • RemotePath: Set this to the current working directory.
    • TableDepth: Set this to control the depth of folders to list as views.
    • FileRetrievalDepth: Set this to retrieve and list files recursively from the root table.

    Stored Procedures are available to download files, upload files, and send protocol commands. See the Data Model chapter of the FTP data provider documentation for more information.

  5. Click Create & Close.

Introspect the Data Source

Once the data source is created, you can introspect the data source by right-clicking and selecting Open. In the dashboard, click Add/Remove Resources and select the Tables, Views, and Stored Procedures to include as part of the data source. Click Next and Finish to add the selected FTP tables, views, and stored procedures as resources.

After creating and introspecting the data source, you are ready to work with FTP data in TIBCO Data Virtualization just like you would any other relational data source. You can create views, query using SQL, publish the data source, and more.