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 Data Store. The following APIs help you to create, edit, view, and delete data stores.