Build AWS Management Visualizations in Tableau Online

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Use CData Connect Cloud to create a virtual SQL Server Database for AWS Management data and build visualizations in Tableau Online.

Tableau Online is an analytics platform fully hosted in the cloud. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to AWS Management data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to create a virtual database for AWS Management and build visualizations from AWS Management data in Tableau Online.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure SQL Server, cloud-to-cloud interface for AWS Management, allowing you to easily build visualizations from live AWS Management data in Tableau Online without installing connectors or publishing worksheets and data sources from Tableau Desktop. As you build visualizations, Tableau Online generates SQL queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Cloud pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to AWS Management, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return AWS Management data.

Create a Virtual SQL Server Database for AWS Management Data

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

  1. Login to 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.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to build visualizations in Tableau Online.

Visualize Live AWS Management Data in Tableau Online

The steps below outline creating a new data source in Tableau Online based on the virtual AWS Management database in Connect Cloud and building a simple visualization from the data.

  1. Log into Tableau Online, select a project, and create a new workbook.
  2. In the new workbook, choose the Microsoft SQL Server Connector from the data wizard and fill in the values for your Connect Cloud instance.
    NOTE: Be sure to check the "Require SSL" checkbox.
  3. Select your newly created database and the table(s) you wish to visualize (defining relationships for JOINed tables as needed).
  4. Select Dimensions and Measures and configure your visualization.

SQL Access to AWS Management Data from Cloud Applications

At this point, you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to live AWS Management data from your Tableau Online workbook. You can create new visualizations, build dashboards, and more, with no need to publish data sources and workbooks from Tableau Desktop. For more information on gaining SQL access to data from more than 100 SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources from cloud applications like Tableau Online, refer to our Connect Cloud page.