Create Reports from Splunk Data in Google Data Studio

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Use CData Connect Cloud to gain access to live Splunk 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 CData Connect Cloud, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to Splunk data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to create a virtual database for Splunk and build reports from Splunk data in Google Data Studio.

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

This article requires a CData Connect Cloud instance and the CData Connect Cloud Connector for Google Data Studio. Get more information on the CData Connect Cloud and sign up for a free trial at https://www.cdata.com/cloud.


Connect to Splunk in Connect Cloud

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

  1. Log into Connect Cloud, click Connections and click Add Connection
  2. Select "Splunk" from the Add Connection panel
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Splunk.

    To authenticate requests, set the User, Password, and URL properties to valid Splunk credentials. The port on which the requests are made to Splunk is port 8089.

    The data provider uses plain-text authentication by default, since the data provider attempts to negotiate TLS/SSL with the server.

    If you need to manually configure TLS/SSL, see Getting Started -> Advanced Settings in the data provider help documentation.

  4. Click Create & Tast
  5. Navigate to the Permissions tab in the Add Splunk Connection page and update the User-based permissions.

With the connection configured, you are ready to connect to Splunk data from Google Data Studio.

Visualize Live Splunk Data in Google Data Studio

The steps below outline connecting to CData Connect Cloud from Google Data Studio to create a new Splunk 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 CData Connect Cloud Connector.
  2. Click Authorize and allow access to your Google account.
  3. Click Authorize to authenticate with your CData Connect Cloud instance
  4. In the CData Connect Cloud Connector in Google Data Studio select a Connection (e.g. Splunk1) and click Next
  5. Select a Table (e.g. DataModels) or use a Custom Query and click Connect to continue
  6. If needed, modify columns, click Create Report, and add the data source to the report.
  7. Select a visualization style and add it to the report.
  8. Select Dimensions and Measures to customize your visualization.

Live Access to Splunk Data from Cloud Applications

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

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