Storage URL

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A Storage URL is a specification of the physical location of a file, e.g.,


In the grid view of data management, users would not normally interact with Storage URLs, but with a Logical File Name. The File Catalog maps between these two entities.

SURLs can also be called physical file names or Site URLs.

Types of SURL URLs

  • SURLs for older gridftp (a.k.a. 'classic') storage elements began sfn://.
  • SURLs for newer SRM capable storage elements begin srm://.