SAS currently has a PROC S3 that can do simple upload/download of files from Amazon S3 buckets.
It would be much more useful if SAS would introduce and S3 filename engine also. That way SAS code could read/write directly from the S3 bucket without having to first download the files to local disks.
Syntax might use the same options as are currently used on PROC S3. The PROC S3 options look like this:
Then a program that could read from S3 might look like this:
filename mydata s3 "/mybucket/mydata.csv" config='~/.ssh/mybucket' ;
data want ;
infile mydata dsd truncover ;
input a b c $ d ;
It would also be helpful if this could be combined with the ZIP and ZIP GZIP engines so that compressed files could be read or written directly to S3 buckets. Similar to how the COPY and UNLOAD commands in Amazon's Redshift database can read and write from and to compressed text files. Perhaps a separate S3GZIP engine could be designed to support that?