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Many Tableau customers have large buckets of data stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). In the past, making use of that data with Tableau has required a great deal of preparation. In November 2016, Amazon Web Services announced a new serverless interactive query service called Amazon Athena that lets you analyze your data stored in Amazon S3 using standard SQL queries.
Since Amazon Athena’s launch, Tableau has worked to provide best-in-class support for this new service. The Tableau connector has been tested by many customers with very positive feedback—and we’re excited to announce that it will ship with Tableau Desktop, Server, and Online in version 10.3.
With the Amazon Athena connector, customers can quickly and directly connect Tableau to their Amazon S3 data for fast discovery and analysis, with drag-and-drop ease. In particular, we’re excited about the opportunities this presents for customers who have always wanted to learn and explore what’s in Amazon S3, so that they can make informed decisions on whether or not to provision it, and where (Hadoop, Impala, Amazon EMR, Amazon Redshift).
Because Amazon Athena connects to Tableau via a JDBC driver, just remember to follow these steps to take full advantage of the feature:
Once these steps are completed, you can add a new Amazon Athena connection and begin configuring it.
There are a few interesting things to note about the connection dialog for Amazon Athena. The lack of an SSL checkbox is not an indicator for a lack of support. In fact, Amazon Athena uses SSL all the time, so be sure to specify port 443.
The remainder of the dialog is straight-forward. For the advanced users among us, here’s the nitty-gritty:
As you start your adventure with Amazon Athena and Tableau, check out these articles to help you along the way:
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