New Tableau Online direct connection to hosted databases

We are happy to announce new Tableau Online direct connectivity to Internet hosted databases. Our live connections to Amazon Redshift and Google BigQuery have been so popular among our Tableau Online customers that we've added more in the latest Online maintenance release. You can now establish a direct connection to your cloud hosted MySQL, PostgreSQL or Microsoft SQL Server databases in just two steps.

For Tableau Online customers that are using popular hosting platforms like Amazon RDS, Amazon EC2, or Microsoft Azure for their MySQL, PostgreSQL, or Microsoft SQL Server databases this means worksheets and dashboards can be configured to be in constant sync with their datasources. The video below by Tableau’s Dustin Smith demonstrates just how easy it is to take advantage of this new capability in Tableau Online by using real-time social media data (special thanks to our friends at DataSift).

It’s easy to get started with a few simple steps:

1. As a Tableau Online admin, go into the Maintenance tab and click to “Allow live connections to MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQL Server data hosted on the Internet.”

2. Add the Tableau Online IP to the authorized list (whitelist) in your hosted data provider account and you’re ready to publish Workbooks that connect live to the data sitting in your cloud databases.

Learn more about cloud analytics or visit our Online Help page for more information for setup instructions.

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