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Use CData Connect Cloud to create a virtual MySQL Database for Snowflake data to build custom dashboards in Bold BI.

Bold BI allows you to create, share, and collaborate on interactive BI dashboards. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to Snowflake data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to create a virtual database for Snowflake and build reports from Snowflake data in Bold BI.

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

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Snowflake Data

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

  1. Login to Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "Snowflake" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Snowflake.

    To connect to Snowflake:

    1. Set User and Password to your Snowflake credentials and set the AuthScheme property to PASSWORD or OKTA.
    2. Set URL to the URL of the Snowflake instance (i.e.: https://myaccount.snowflakecomputing.com).
    3. Set Warehouse to the Snowflake warehouse.
    4. (Optional) Set Account to your Snowflake account if your URL does not conform to the format above.
    5. (Optional) Set Database and Schema to restrict the tables and views exposed.

    See the Getting Started guide in the CData driver documentation for more information.

  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 Snowflake data from Bold BI.

Visualize Live Snowflake Data in Bold BI

The steps below outline connecting to CData Connect Cloud from Bold BI to create a new Snowflake data source and build a simple visualization from the data.

  1. Log into your Bold BI instance, click the data sources tab, create a new data source, and choose the MySQL connector.
  2. Choose the basic configuration and set the connection properties:
    • Name: Name your connection
    • Server name: Your Connect Cloud instance (myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Port: 3306
    • Username: Your Connect Cloud username
    • Password: Your Connect Cloud password
    • Mode: Choose Live to query Snowflake on-demand or choose Extract to load the data into Bold BI
    • Database: Choose the database you created from the drop-down menu (snowflakedb)
  3. Click Connect
  4. Select the table to visualize and drag it onto the workspace.
  5. Select a visualization style and add it to the report.
  6. Click the gear icon for the visualization to configure the visualization properties and assign columns to the visualization.

SQL Access to Snowflake Data from Cloud Applications

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

To get SQL data access to 200+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, see the CData Connect Cloud.