To gauge initial feedback about the momentum following the Quick Start update, we spoke to Jonathan MacDonald, a seasoned Tableau Consultant and AWS Certified Solutions Architect with the The Information Lab, a Tableau Gold partner. Jonathan helps enterprises deploy and scale Tableau Server in the cloud.
Can you tell us what kind of feedback you’ve been receiving from clients regarding the Tableau Server on Linux launch?
We are seeing a HUGE amount of interest in the Linux release from our clients, who have either already moved over or are in the process of transitioning over from the Windows version. While some of our clients are (and always will be) Windows ‘shops,’ a lot of our other clients prefer to take a hybrid approach, using Windows/Mac for their PC/laptops and Linux for server infrastructure. And for almost all our new Tableau clients, we’re seeing a Linux-first approach to Tableau Server.
How does this fit in to the overall trend of companies shifting to the cloud?
In addition to the Linux uptake, there is also a growing movement to put infrastructure in the cloud. Just last week, I had five conversations with separate clients about deploying Tableau Server on AWS. These range from the smaller single-server installs, right through to the larger cluster installs for big enterprise deployments.
In your opinion, what are some of the biggest benefits of this updated Quick Start?
The beauty of the AWS Cloudformation templates and Quick Starts is that you can automate the deployment of Tableau Server on any scale in a fast, repeatable way.
I spent the last week helping a customer that provides data and analytics to the financial services sector build out a Cloudformation script. This script would not only deploy their Tableau Server, but also configure it to add their users automatically, talk to their SAML IdP, install and configure TabPy (python server for Tableau) and set up housekeeping scripts to automatically backup and maintain the server.
They are also looking at ways to automatically scale processes and worker nodes during peak load times. The ready-made AWS tools that Tableau has provided make this fast and accessible to mainstream IT sysadmins, where previously this was restricted to highly skilled DevOps specialists who would take days to write scripts from scratch.