Create Interactive Metabase Dashboards that Work with EnterpriseDB Data

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Use CData Connect to create a virtual MySQL database for EnterpriseDB data and create an interactive dashboard in Metabase from EnterpriseDB data.

Metabase is an open source data visualization tool that allows users to create interactive dashboards. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, users can easily create visualizations and dashboards linked to live EnterpriseDB data. This article describes how to create a virtual database for EnterpriseDB and build a simple visualization using EnterpriseDB data.

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

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for EnterpriseDB Data

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

    The following connection properties are required in order to connect to data.

    • Server: The host name or IP of the server hosting the EnterpriseDB database.
    • Port: The port of the server hosting the EnterpriseDB database.

    You can also optionally set the following:

    • Database: The default database to connect to when connecting to the EnterpriseDB Server. If this is not set, the user's default database will be used.

    Connect Using Standard Authentication

    To authenticate using standard authentication, set the following:

    • User: The user which will be used to authenticate with the EnterpriseDB server.
    • Password: The password which will be used to authenticate with the EnterpriseDB server.

    Connect Using SSL Authentication

    You can leverage SSL authentication to connect to EnterpriseDB data via a secure session. Configure the following connection properties to connect to data:

    • SSLClientCert: Set this to the name of the certificate store for the client certificate. Used in the case of 2-way SSL, where truststore and keystore are kept on both the client and server machines.
    • SSLClientCertPassword: If a client certificate store is password-protected, set this value to the store's password.
    • SSLClientCertSubject: The subject of the TLS/SSL client certificate. Used to locate the certificate in the store.
    • SSLClientCertType: The certificate type of the client store.
    • SSLServerCert: The certificate to be accepted from the server.
  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connect to CData Connect from Metabase

After creating the virtual database, navigate to your Metabase instance. Use the MySQL interface to connect to CData Connect.

  1. Navigate to the administration screen (Settings -> Admin) and click "Add Database" from the "Databases" tab
  2. Configure the connection to CData Connect and click "Save"
    • Database type: Select "MySQL"
    • Name: Name the connection (e.g. "EnterpriseDB (CData Connect)")
    • Host: The URL of your Connect instance (e.g. https://myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Port: The port of the MySQL endpoint for your Connect instance (e.g. 3306)
    • Database name: The name of the virtual database you just created (e.g. EnterpriseDB1)
    • Username: A CData Connect username
    • Password: The password for the above CData Connect user
    • Click to Use a secure connection (SSL)

Query EnterpriseDB Data with Metabase

Once you configure the connection to CData Connect, you can query EnterpriseDB and build visualizations.

  1. Use the "Write SQL" tool to retrieve the EnterpriseDB data
  2. Write a SQL query based on the virtual database, e.g.

    SELECT ShipName, ShipCity FROM Orders WHERE ShipCountry = 'USA'
  3. Navigate to the "Visualization" screen, choose a visualization, and configure the visualization

More Information & Free Trial

At this point, you have built a simple visualization from EnterpriseDB data in Metabase. You can continue to work with live EnterpriseDB data in Metabase just like you would any MySQL database. For more information on creating a virtual MySQL database for EnterpriseDB (and more than 200 other data sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working with live EnterpriseDB data in Metabase today.