The Cloud Storage connector is an open source Java library that lets you run Apache Hadoop or Apache Spark jobs directly on data in Cloud Storage, and offers a number of benefits over choosing the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS).
Benefits of the Cloud Storage connector
- Direct data access – Store your data in Cloud Storage and access it directly. You do not need to transfer it into HDFS first.
- HDFS compatibility – You can easily access your data in
Cloud Storage using the
gs://prefix instead of
- Interoperability – Storing data in Cloud Storage enables seamless interoperability between Spark, Hadoop, and Google services.
- Data accessibility – When you shut down a Hadoop cluster, unlike HDFS, you continue to have access to your data in Cloud Storage.
- High data availability – Data stored in Cloud Storage is highly available and globally replicated without a loss of performance.
- No storage management overhead – Unlike HDFS, Cloud Storage requires no routine maintenance, such as checking the file system, or upgrading or rolling back to a previous version of the file system.
- Quick startup – In HDFS, a MapReduce job can't start until the
NameNodeis out of safe mode, a process that can take from a few seconds to many minutes depending on the size and state of your data. With Cloud Storage, you can start your job as soon as the task nodes start, which leads to significant cost savings over time.
Getting the connector
The Cloud Storage connector is installed by default on all
Dataproc cluster nodes under
Other Spark/Hadoop clusters
To download the Cloud Storage connector for Hadoop:
- latest version located in Cloud Storage bucket (not recommended for use in production):
- specific version
from Cloud Storage bucket by substituting Hadoop and
Cloud Storage connector versions in the
- specific version
from Apache Maven
repository (you should download a shaded jar that has
-shadedsuffix in the name):
See Installing the Cloud Storage connector to install and configure the connector.
Using the connector
There are multiple ways to access data stored in Cloud Storage:
- In a Spark (or PySpark) or Hadoop application using the
- The hadoop shell:
hadoop fs -ls gs://bucket/dir/file.
- The Cloud Console Cloud Storage browser.
- Using the
The Cloud Storage connector requires Java 8.
Apache Maven Dependency Information
<dependency> <groupId>com.google.cloud.bigdataoss</groupId> <artifactId>gcs-connector</artifactId> <version>insert "hadoopX-X.X.X" connector version number here</version> <scope>provided</scope> </dependency>
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