Create Interactive Metabase Dashboards that Work with AWS Management Data

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Use CData Connect to create a virtual MySQL database for AWS Management data and create an interactive dashboard in Metabase from AWS Management data.

Metabase is an open source data visualization tool that allows users to create interactive dashboards. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, users can easily create visualizations and dashboards linked to live AWS Management data. This article describes how to create a virtual database for AWS Management and build a simple visualization using AWS Management data.

CData Connect provides a pure SQL interface for AWS Management, allowing you to easily integrate with live AWS Management data in Metabase — without replicating the data. Connect looks exactly like a MySQL database to Metabase and uses optimized data processing out of the box to push all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to AWS Management, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return AWS Management data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for AWS Management Data

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

  1. Log into Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "AWS Management" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to AWS Management.

    To authorize AWSDataManagement requests, provide the credentials for an administrator account or for an IAM user with custom permissions:

    1. Set AccessKey to the access key Id.
    2. Set SecretKey to the secret access key.
    3. Set Region to the region where your AWSDataManagement data is hosted.

    Note: Though you can connect as the AWS account administrator, it is recommended to use IAM user credentials to access AWS services.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connect to CData Connect from Metabase

After creating the virtual database, navigate to your Metabase instance. Use the MySQL interface to connect to CData Connect.

  1. Navigate to the administration screen (Settings -> Admin) and click "Add Database" from the "Databases" tab
  2. Configure the connection to CData Connect and click "Save"
    • Database type: Select "MySQL"
    • Name: Name the connection (e.g. "AWS Management (CData Connect)")
    • Host: The URL of your Connect instance (e.g. https://myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Port: The port of the MySQL endpoint for your Connect instance (e.g. 3306)
    • Database name: The name of the virtual database you just created (e.g. AWS Management1)
    • Username: A CData Connect username
    • Password: The password for the above CData Connect user
    • Click to Use a secure connection (SSL)

Query AWS Management Data with Metabase

Once you configure the connection to CData Connect, you can query AWS Management and build visualizations.

  1. Use the "Write SQL" tool to retrieve the AWS Management data
  2. Write a SQL query based on the virtual database, e.g.

    SELECT PartitionKey, Name FROM NorthwingProducts
  3. Navigate to the "Visualization" screen, choose a visualization, and configure the visualization

More Information & Free Trial

At this point, you have built a simple visualization from AWS Management data in Metabase. You can continue to work with live AWS Management data in Metabase just like you would any MySQL database. For more information on creating a virtual MySQL database for AWS Management (and more than 200 other data sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working with live AWS Management data in Metabase today.