Towards the end of September 2018, our EMI FTP server for direct access to EMI datasets will be decommissioned. Nearer the time, we will advertise on this forum the precise decommissioning date. We will also provide guidance on how to gain access to the Azure storage account that will replace the EMI FTP server and fileshare.
In the meantime, if you have any questions about the decommissioning of our EMI FTP server, please post to this discussion.
For quite some time now, we have been planning to migrate our data warehouse and EMI platform to Microsoft Azure, a public cloud facility. The challenges in doing so have been many and the hurdles have been high. But we're almost there and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The following options provide high-level details on a number of ways to access the outbound storage account. A few random files have been placed in the account solely for testing purposes.
Option 1: Direct manual storage account access
The storage is quite easily accessed publicly if you're familiar with Azure Storage. Navigating to this address will provide an XML document detailing the contents of the storage account:
Any of the URL elements can be located and downloaded directly. For example:
Option 2: Scripted access
A small Powershell script (or Python or any other scripting language) can be used to download files from storage… essentially automating the Option 1 process above.
Option 3: Web-based access
A single-page website displays the contents of the storage account and provides links to each file.
Option 4: SAS token access
Use a tool like Azure Storage Explorer and connect using a Shared Access connection URL. For example:
Option 4 will return an error at this stage as we have not generated the necessary tokens. In fact we've yet to decide whether we will make this option available at all. It's in the mix as an option to connect to the storage account using an Azure Storage explorer tool. The SAS token is a Shared Access Signature which grants read-only rights into the storage for a fixed period of time to anyone with the URL.