Use the CData ODBC Driver for Elasticsearch in MicroStrategy Desktop

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Elasticsearch ODBC Driver

The Elasticsearch ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live Elasticsearch document databases, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Elasticsearch like you would a database - read, write, and update through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Connect to Elasticsearch data in MicroStrategy Desktop using the CData ODBC Driver for Elasticsearch.

MicroStrategy is an analytics and mobility platform that enables data-driven innovation. When paired with the CData ODBC Driver for Elasticsearch, you gain database-like access to live Elasticsearch data from MicroStrategy, expanding your reporting and analytics capabilities. In this article, we walk through adding Elasticsearch as a data source in MicroStrategy Desktop and creating a simple visualization of Elasticsearch data.

The CData ODBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Elasticsearch data in MicroStrategy due to optimized data processing built into the driver. When you issue complex SQL queries from MicroStrategy to Elasticsearch, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Elasticsearch and utilizes the embedded SQL Engine to process unsupported operations (often SQL functions and JOIN operations) client-side. With built-in dynamic metadata querying, you can visualize and analyze Elasticsearch data using native MicroStrategy data types.

Connect to Elasticsearch as an ODBC Data Source

Information for connecting to Elasticsearch follows, along with different instructions for configuring a DSN in Windows and Linux environments.

Set the Server and Port connection properties to connect. To authenticate, set the User and Password properties, PKI (public key infrastructure) properties, or both. To use PKI, set the SSLClientCert, SSLClientCertType, SSLClientCertSubject, and SSLClientCertPassword properties.

The data provider uses X-Pack Security for TLS/SSL and authentication. To connect over TLS/SSL, prefix the Server value with 'https://'. Note: TLS/SSL and client authentication must be enabled on X-Pack to use PKI.

Once the data provider is connected, X-Pack will then perform user authentication and grant role permissions based on the realms you have configured.

When you configure the DSN, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

Windows

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

Linux

If you are installing the CData ODBC Driver for Elasticsearch in a Linux environment, the driver installation predefines a system DSN. You can modify the DSN by editing the system data sources file (/etc/odbc.ini) and defining the required connection properties.

/etc/odbc.ini

[CData Elasticsearch Sys] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for Elasticsearch Description = My Description Server = 127.0.0.1 Port = 9200 User = admin Password = 123456

For specific information on using these configuration files, please refer to the help documentation (installed and found online).

Connect to and Visualize Elasticsearch Data using MicroStrategy Desktop

In addition to connecting Elasticsearch in MicroStrategy enterprise products, you can connect to Elasticsearch in MicroStrategy Desktop. Follow the steps below to add Elasticsearch data as a dataset and create visualizations and reports of Elasticsearch data.

  1. Open MicroStrategy Desktop and create a new dossier.
  2. In the datasets panel, click New Data, select Databases, and select Type a Query as the Import Option.
  3. Add a new data source and choose DSN data sources.
  4. Choose the DSN you previously configured (likely CData Elasticsearch Sys) and select Generic DBMS in the Version menu.
  5. Set the User and Password properties for the DSN (or use placeholder values) and name the data source.
  6. Select the new database instance to view the tables. You may need to manually click the search icon in the Available Tables section to see the tables.
  7. Create a SQL query for the Elasticsearch data (see below) and click Execute SQL to test the query. SELECT * FROM Orders NOTE: Since we create a live connection, we can execute a SELECT * query and utilize the filtering and aggregation features native to the MicroStrategy products.
  8. Click Finish and choose to connect live.
  9. Choose a visualization, choose fields to display (data types are discovered automatically through dynamic metadata discovery) and apply any filters to create a new visualization of Elasticsearch data. Where possible, the complex queries generated by the filters and aggregations will be pushed down to Elasticsearch, while any unsupported operations (which can include SQL functions and JOIN operations) will be managed client-side by the CData SQL Engine embedded in the driver.
  10. Once you are finished configuring the dossier, click File -> Save.

Using the CData ODBC Driver for Elasticsearch in MicroStrategy Desktop, you can easily create robust visualizations and reports on Elasticsearch data. Read our other articles on connecting to Elasticsearch in MicroStrategy and connecting to Elasticsearch in MicroStrategy Web for more examples.