It is often useful to import or export data to and from data stores other than Cloud storage. For example, you may want to run a periodic Hive query to summarize a dataset and export the results to a MySQL database; or you may want to import data from a relational database into Hive. You can identify an external data store for such purposes.

For more information, see Understanding a Data Store. The following APIs help you to create, edit, view, and delete data stores.