Create Reports from Impala Data in Looker Studio

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Use CData Connect Cloud to gain access to live Impala data and create custom reports in Looker Studio.

Looker Studio (formerly Google Data Studio) allows you to create branded reports with data visualizations to share with your clients. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to Impala data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to create a virtual database for Impala and build reports from Impala data in Looker Studio.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure cloud-to-cloud interface for Impala, allowing you to easily build reports from live Impala data in Looker Studio — without replicating the data. As you build visualizations, Looker Studio generates queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Cloud pushes all supported query operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Impala, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Impala data.

This article requires a CData Connect Cloud instance and the CData Connect Cloud Connector for Looker Studio. Get more information on the CData Connect Cloud and sign up for a free trial at https://www.cdata.com/cloud.


Connect to Impala in Connect Cloud

CData Connect Cloud uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources.

  1. Log into Connect Cloud, click Connections and click Add Connection
  2. Select "Impala" from the Add Connection panel
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Impala.

    In order to connect to Apache Impala, set the Server, Port, and ProtocolVersion. You may optionally specify a default Database. To connect using alternative methods, such as NOSASL, LDAP, or Kerberos, refer to the online Help documentation.

  4. Click Create & Test
  5. Navigate to the Permissions tab in the Add Impala Connection page and update the User-based permissions.

With the connection configured, you are ready to connect to Impala data from Looker Studio.

Visualize Live Impala Data in Looker Studio

The steps below outline connecting to CData Connect Cloud from Looker Studio to create a new Impala data source and build a simple visualization from the data.

  1. Log into Looker Studio, click data sources, create a new data source, and choose CData Connect Cloud Connector.
  2. Click Authorize and allow access to your Google account.
  3. Click Authorize to authenticate with your CData Connect Cloud instance
  4. In the CData Connect Cloud Connector in Looker Studio select a Connection (e.g. ApacheImpala1) and click Next
  5. Select a Table (e.g. Customers) or use a Custom Query and click Connect to continue
  6. If needed, modify columns, click Create Report, and add the data source to the report.
  7. Select a visualization style and add it to the report.
  8. Select Dimensions and Measures to customize your visualization.

Live Access to Impala Data from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to live Impala data from your Looker Studio workbook. You can create more data sources and new visualizations, build reports, and more — all without replicating Impala data.

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