Create Reports from CockroachDB Data in Google Data Studio

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Use CData Connect Cloud to create a virtual MySQL Database for CockroachDB data and create custom reports in Google Data Studio.

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 CockroachDB data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to create a virtual database for CockroachDB and build reports from CockroachDB data in Google Data Studio.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure cloud-to-cloud interface for CockroachDB, allowing you to easily build reports from live CockroachDB data in Google Data Studio — without replicating the data. As you build visualizations, Google Data 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 CockroachDB, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return CockroachDB data.

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


Connect to CockroachDB from Connect Cloud

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 "CockroachDB" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to CockroachDB.

    Set the following to connect to CockroachDB.

    • Server: The host name or IP address of the server.
    • Port: The port number of the CockroachDB server. If not specified, the default port is 26257.
    • Database: The name of the Cockroach database. If not specified, you connect to the user's default database.
    • User: The Cockroach DB user account used to authenticate.
    • Password: The password used to authenticate the user.
  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 connect to CockroachDB data from Google Data Studio.

Visualize Live CockroachDB Data in Google Data Studio

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

  1. Log into Google Data Studio, click data sources, create a new data source, and choose CData Connect Cloud Connector.
  2. Authorize the Connector to connect to an external service (your Connect Cloud instance).
  3. Use your instance name (myinstance in myinstance.cdatacloud.net), username, and password to connect to your Connect Cloud instance.
    • Username: myinstance/username
    • Password: your Connect Cloud password
  4. Select a Database (e.g. CockroachDB1) and click Next.
  5. Select a Table (e.g. Orders) and click Next.
  6. Click Connect.
  7. If needed, modify columns, click Create Report, and add the data source to the report.
  8. Select a visualization style and add it to the report.
  9. Select Dimensions and Measures to customize your visualization.

Optional: Connect with the MySQL Connector

If you need to work with data from a custom SQL query, you can use the MySQL Connector. Connect using the server information for your Connect Cloud instance (server address, port, username, and password).

SQL Access to CockroachDB Data from Cloud Applications

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

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