Hosting choices for Tableau Server

If you have not already decided how you are hosting the Metric Insights application then this article can give you some guidance.

You have several options for hosting the Metric Insights application and pulling data from your Tableau Server. You can host Metric Insights in Amazon EC2 cloud, or you can host in VMware. You can also host on your bare metal but this article does not cover that option.

1. Metric Insights in our cloud

Hosting Metric Insights in our Amazon EC2 is the easiest method.

1.1. Tableau Server open to internet

If your Tableau server is open to the internet for web browser access, then this architecture choice is the best.

Metric Insights pulls your Tableau data directly from Tableau server via your web login credentials. No extra ports for Tableau server need to be opened, no extra software needs to be installed. Just follow the instructions in your Metric Insights application for setting up the connection to your Tableau server.

1.2. Install remote data collector

If your Tableau server is not open to the internet for web browser access, then you can still use this architecture choice.

You just install our remote data collector on a server in your network that can access your Tableau server. Typically you install this on your Tableau server, but you are not limited to that machine. Any server that has access to your Tableau server is fine.

The remote data collector is a small piece of Java code (few MB in size) that has bare functionality to do the following:

  1. Get job requests from the Metric Insights server (HTTPS POST via port 8443)
  2. Fetch the data from Tableau server (HTTPS GET/POST via port 80/443)
  3. Post the result back to the Metric Insights server (HTTPS POST via port 8443)

The remote data collector is just a simplified web browser in this respect. It makes web requests to the Metric Insights server; it makes web requests to your Tableau server.

Just follow the instructions in your Metric Insights application for setting up the connection to your Tableau server with a remote data collector.

2. Metric Insights in your hosted cloud

Hosting Metric Insights in your Amazon EC2 is an easy method too.

Once hosted, Metric Insights pulls your Tableau data directly from your Tableau server via your web login credentials. Just follow the instructions in your Metric Insights application for setting up the connection to your Tableau server.

3. Metric Insights on VMware

Hosting Metric Insights in VMware is also an option.

Once loaded, Metric Insights pulls your Tableau data directly from your Tableau server via your web login credentials. Just follow the instructions in your Metric Insights application for setting up the connection to your Tableau server.

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