Create an Amazon Redshift base connection using the Flow Service API

NOTE

The Amazon Redshift connector is in beta. See the Sources overview for more information on using beta-labelled connectors.

A base connection represents the authenticated connection between a source and Adobe Experience Platform.

This tutorial walks you through the steps to create a base connection for Amazon Redshift using the Flow Service API.

Getting started

This guide requires a working understanding of the following components of Adobe Experience Platform:

  • Sources: Experience Platform allows data to be ingested from various sources while providing you with the ability to structure, label, and enhance incoming data using Platform services.
  • Sandboxes: Experience Platform provides virtual sandboxes which partition a single Platform instance into separate virtual environments to help develop and evolve digital experience applications.

The following sections provide additional information that you will need to know in order to successfully connect to Amazon Redshift using the Flow Service API.

Gather required credentials

In order for Flow Service to connect with Amazon Redshift, you must provide the following connection properties:

Credential Description
server The server associated with your Amazon Redshift account.
username The username associated with your Amazon Redshift account.
password The password associated with your Amazon Redshift account.
database The Amazon Redshift database you are accessing.
connectionSpec.id The connection specification returns a source’s connector properties, including authentication specifications related to creating the base and source connections. The connection specification ID for Amazon Redshift is 3416976c-a9ca-4bba-901a-1f08f66978ff.

For more information about getting started, refer to this Amazon Redshift document.

Using Platform APIs

For information on how to successfully make calls to Platform APIs, see the guide on getting started with Platform APIs.

Create a base connection

A base connection retains information between your source and Platform, including your source’s authentication credentials, the current state of the connection, and your unique base connection ID. The base connection ID allows you to explore and navigate files from within your source and identify the specific items that you want to ingest, including information regarding their data types and formats.

To create a base connection ID, make a POST request to the /connections endpoint while providing your Amazon Redshift authentication credentials as part of the request parameters.

API format

POST /connections

Request

The following request creates a base connection for Amazon Redshift:

curl -X POST \
    'https://platform.adobe.io/data/foundation/flowservice/connections' \
    -H 'Authorization: Bearer {ACCESS_TOKEN}' \
    -H 'x-api-key: {API_KEY}' \
    -H 'x-gw-ims-org-id: {IMS_ORG}' \
    -H 'x-sandbox-name: {SANDBOX_NAME}' \
    -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
    -d '{
        "name": "amazon-redshift base connection",
        "description": "base connection for amazon-redshift,
        "auth": {
            "specName": "Basic Authentication",
            "params": {
                "server": "{SERVER}",
                "database": "{DATABASE}",
                "password": "{PASSWORD}",
                "username": "{USERNAME}"
            }
        },
        "connectionSpec": {
            "id": "3416976c-a9ca-4bba-901a-1f08f66978ff",
            "version": "1.0"
        }
    }'
Property Description
auth.params.server Your Amazon Redshift server.
auth.params.database The database associated with your Amazon Redshift account.
auth.params.password The password associated with your Amazon Redshift account.
auth.params.username The username associated with your Amazon Redshift account.
connectionSpec.id The Amazon Redshift connection specification ID: 3416976c-a9ca-4bba-901a-1f08f66978ff

Response

A successful response returns the newly created connection, including its unique identifier (id). This ID is required to explore your data in the next tutorial.

{
    "id": "373e88fc-43da-4e3c-be88-fc43da3e3c0f",
    "etag": "\"1700ce7b-0000-0200-0000-5e3b405e0000\""
}

Next steps

By following this tutorial, you have created a Amazon Redshift connection using the Flow Service API, and have obtained the connection’s unique ID value. You can use this connection ID in the next tutorial as you learn how to explore databases or NoSQL systems using the Flow Service API.

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