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Alli Cloud Storage

Overview

Cloud storage solution for pulling data from a client’s specific storage location. This datasource does not require any authentication and instead uses the active client’s credentials to pull data into the database.

Vendor/Partner

Alli

Version

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API Documentation

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Sunset Date

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Channel(s)

All

Refresh Time (CST)

4 am, 7 am, 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm, 7 pm, 10 pm

Default backfill

All Unprocessed Files

Alli Data Library

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Before Getting Started

To get started with the Alli Cloud Storage datasource, ensure you have the following:

  • A file available in Alli Cloud Storage that you would like to ingest into Alli Data. The available files can be located in Alli Central.

Additional Configurations

Client File Location

Select where your file exists if it’s in Alli Marketplace or Alli Products, otherwise select Custom (Manually Specify Directory).

File Name

Enter the name of the file.

Directory

If using the Custom (Manually Specify Directory) client file location option, enter the directory path.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Amazon S3, Amazon S3 Advanced, and Alli Cloud Storage datasource types?

The Amazon S3 datasource type is a legacy datasource type used to gather data from Alli managed S3 buckets prior to client credentials. The Amazon S3 Advanced datasource type should be leveraged when you want to bring data into Alli but the files are hosted in a non-Alli managed S3 instance. The Alli Cloud Storage datasource types should be leveraged when you want to ingest data that is stored within the Alli managed S3 instance from things like SFTP or other Alli applications.

I have a new file dropped into my S3 bucket daily, how can I have Alli only ingest the file for yesterday?

Within the Alli Cloud Storage datasource set up, you can use bracketed text to dynamically insert values. For example, if I have a file with the current date appended, /daily_file_2024-01-04.csv, and every day I want Alli to pull in the new file with the current date appended, I would put my file name as: /daily_file_{yesterdate}.csv. The default date format is YYYY-MM-DD but can be declared within the brackets (ex. {yesterdate:YYMMDD}), more information about formatting can be found here: http://momentjs.com/docs/#/displaying/format/ .

I have multiple files in a directory that I want Alli to ingest, how would I set that up?

This can be accomplished using regular expression matching. For example, if I have a directory, /directory1/, and it contains multiple files, /file1.csv and /file2.csv, I can set the file name in the Alli datasource set up form using regular expression as, /file.*.csv. This result in both files be ingested into Alli.

How would I use the Alli Cloud Storage datasource with S3?

S3 locations automatically pull in the bucket for a client so all that is needed when using the Custom setting under Client File Location is the remainder of the file’s key from S3. Regex is accepted in this field. For example, a file located at the s3 url of s3://alliprod-bucket-12345/source=vendor/vendor=facebook/ will require a Client File Location of source=vendor/vendor=facebook.

Where does my file go after the datasource runs?

Processed files are moved from their original location after processing, so backfilling will require a specific backfill file to be added to the search location.

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