by CData Software | August 31, 2023

CData Virtuality’s Latest Updates for a Superior SaaS Experience

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CData is excited to announce the launch of several new features:

  • Cloud agent: an innovative feature that enables organizations to effortlessly connect with on-premises data sources, just as they already can with cloud-based sources
  • OData connection for Tableau and Salesforce: Deepen integration with your favorite tools
  • Stonly Integration for onboarding: Improved user experience as you start your journey with CData Virtuality

Developed with valuable feedback from our customers and partners, these powerful features enable organizations to enjoy an improved SaaS experience.

Bridging the gap: The need for the Cloud Agent

In an on-premises setup, CData Virtuality can easily connect to data sources that are locally hosted on clients’ networks and protected by strict firewall rules. With the introduction of CData Virtuality SaaS, the CData Virtuality side of communication now resides on the public internet, and the Cloud Agent bridges this connection.

How the Cloud Agent works

The Cloud Agent is installed within the customer network and initiates web socket connections to CData Virtuality SaaS. Once connected, CData Virtuality SaaS uses the web socket connections as tunnels to connect to the actual customer data sources with the following setup:

CLOUD_AGENT_CLIENT_API_KEY – Stores the client API key used to authenticate Cloud Agent connections, generated on server startup if it does not already exist.

To simplify the process, users can find a ‘Cloud Agent’ tab after selecting the on-premises sources they wish to connect. A wizard is available to assist with the connection setup.

Enjoy the following benefits with the new Cloud Agent

  • Seamless cross-network communication: Effortlessly bridge the gap between on-premises data sources and CData Virtuality SaaS
  • Enhanced security & trust: Secure and authenticated communication channel
  • User-friendly wizard enhancement: Our enhanced wizard now boasts an additional “Cloud Agent” tab for easy setup

View Cloud Agent documentation

OData connection enabled in CData Virtuality SaaS

With this new update, OData is also enabled in CData Virtuality SaaS, extending the capabilities already available in the on-premises environment. This feature will be especially interesting for Tableau and Salesforce users. Customers connecting Salesforce to OData can now access additional data through Salesforce Connect.

How OData for SaaS works

OData (Open Data Protocol) is a standard protocol for consuming data over the web. With this feature, users can seamlessly connect Tableau and Salesforce to CData Virtuality, allowing for real-time data queries and enhanced analytics.

Enabling OData in the CData Virtuality SaaS

Enabling OData in the CData Virtuality SaaS

Enjoy the following benefits with the OData connection in SaaS

  • Streamlined Data Integration: Connect directly with Tableau and Salesforce
  • Real-time Analytics: Access up-to-date data for insights when you need them

View OData documentation

Taking onboarding to the next level

The new update will have an improved user experience. With the Stonly integration, onboarding is now even more tailored to what the user needs to get started in CData Virtuality SaaS.

How the new self-onboarding looks like

Self-onboarding with Stonly integration

Self-onboarding with Stonly integration

Tailored onboarding

Tailored on-boarding

Easier and faster onboarding process

Easier and faster on-boarding process

Enjoy the following benefits with the new on-boarding

  • User-friendly onboarding: Shorten the time to get productive within CData Virtuality SaaS.
  • Smooth learning curve: Colleagues in your organization with different roles and technical skill levels can be quickly on-boarded.

Elevating Security on CData Virtuality SaaS

To ensure you can fully embrace the capabilities of CData Virtuality SaaS with complete peace of mind, we have fortified our security measures. Our platform has now earned several prestigious certifications, including SOC 2 Type 2, SOC 3, and HIPAA compliance. These milestones underscore our unwavering commitment to safeguarding your data. 

Experience the future of data virtualization today!

Your cloud experience is about to get a whole lot better. Enjoy the seamless cloud experience yourself by starting our 30-day free trial today.