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COPY from ftp, hdfs source
In this blog post, http://www.vertica.com/?s=Flexstore, "With External Tables combined with User-Defined Loads in Vertica 6, we not only support conventional external tables backed by files on a database server, but also external tables backed by any user defined data sources. We have already written adapters for HDFS, FTP or HTTP servers, JSON and XML objects, IDOL, and of course, other databases via ODBC." Do you have links pointing to examples of these things working? I'd be very interested. That would greatly simplify our data loading processes.