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Integrate Live DigitalOcean Data into Custom Business Apps Built in Power Apps

Use the CData Cloud Hub to create a virtual SQL Server Database for DigitalOcean data and integrate live DigitalOcean data into apps built in Microsoft Power Apps.

Power Apps is a service for building and using custom business apps that connect to your data and work across the web and mobile — without the time and expense of custom software development. When paired with the CData Cloud Hub, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to DigitalOcean data from the apps you build using Power Apps. This article shows how to connect the Cloud Hub from Power Apps and build an app based on live DigitalOcean data.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure SQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for DigitalOcean, allowing you to easily integrate with live DigitalOcean data in Power Apps — without replicating the data. The CData Cloud Hub looks exactly like a SQL Server database to Power Apps and uses optimized data processing out of the box to push all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to DigitalOcean, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return DigitalOcean data.

Create a Virtual SQL Database for DigitalOcean Data

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

  1. Login to Cloud Hub and click Databases.
  2. Select "DigitalOcean" from Available Data Sources.
  3. DigitalOcean uses OAuth to authenticate. Click Test Database to authenticate with DigitalOcean.
  4. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connecting to the CData Cloud Hub

To use the Cloud Hub to integrate DigitalOcean data into your Power Apps, you need a new SQL Server connection:

  1. Log in to Power Apps
  2. Click Data -> Connections -> New connection
  3. Select SQL Server
  4. In the connection wizard:

    • Choose to connect directly
    • Set SQL server name to the address of your Cloud Hub instance (myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Set SQL database name to the name of the virtual DigitalOcean database you created earlier (like digitaloceandb)
    • Set the Username and Password and click Create

Building a Data-Centric App for DigitalOcean Data

With the connection to the Cloud Hub configured, you are ready to integrate live DigitalOcean data into the apps you build in Power Apps.

  1. Log in to Power Apps
  2. Click Create, hover over "Start from data" and click Make this app
  3. Select the SQL Server connection you created
  4. Search for or choose a table to work with
  5. Click Connect
  6. Customize the newly created app just like you would any other, including changing the layout and setting the fields exposed in BrowseScreen, DetailScreen, and EditScreen

At this point, you have an app with read and write access to live DigitalOcean data that you can save and publish for use within your organization.

SQL Access to DigitalOcean Data from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct connection to live DigitalOcean data from Microsoft Power Apps. You can create more connections and apps to drive business — all without replicating DigitalOcean data.

To get SQL data access to 100+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, see the CData Cloud Hub.