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Create Reports from Amazon DynamoDB Data in Google Data Studio

Use the CData Cloud Hub to create a virtual MySQL Database for Amazon DynamoDB 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 the CData Cloud Hub, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to Amazon DynamoDB data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to use a MySQL client to create a virtual database for Amazon DynamoDB and build reports from Amazon DynamoDB data in Google Data Studio.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Amazon DynamoDB, allowing you to easily build reports from live Amazon DynamoDB data in Google Data Studio — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. As you build visualizations, Google Data Studio generates SQL queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, the CData Cloud Hub pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Amazon DynamoDB, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Amazon DynamoDB data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Amazon DynamoDB 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 "Amazon DynamoDB" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Amazon DynamoDB.

    The connection to Amazon DynamoDB is made using your AccessKey, SecretKey, and optionally your Domain and Region. Your AccessKey and SecretKey can be obtained on the security credentials page for your Amazon Web Services account. Your Region will be displayed in the upper left-hand corner when you are logged into DynamoDB.

  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 Amazon DynamoDB data from any MySQL client.

Visualize Live Amazon DynamoDB Data in Google Data Studio

The steps below outline connecting to the CData Cloud Hub from Google Data Studio to create a new Amazon DynamoDB 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 MySQL.
  2. Choose the basic configuration and set the connection properties:
    • Host name or IP: myinstance.cdatacloud.net
    • Port: 3306
    • Database: dynamodbdb
    • Username: your Cloud Hub username
    • Password: your Cloud Hub password
    • Click Enable SSL, then upload the certificates
  3. Click Authenticate
  4. Select the table to visualize or enter a custom query and click Connect.
    NOTE: JOINs are not supported in the user interface, but they are supported as custom queries.
  5. If needed, modify columns, click Create Report and add the data source to the report.
  6. Select a visualization style and add it to the report.
  7. Select Dimensions and Measures to customize your visualization.

SQL Access to Amazon DynamoDB Data from Cloud Applications

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

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