The upcoming version of Tableau Server 7.0 will include an exciting new capability to centralize data connections yet provide users with flexibility to ask any question about the data.
The Data Server is a component of Tableau Server that will provide centralized management of Tableau Data Extracts and database connections. Tableau Data Extracts and Database connections can be managed centrally within Tableau Server and shared across workbooks. This provides a number of key benefits including:
• Shared data extracts across workbooks
• Schedules based on individual data extracts rather than for each workbook
• Extracts stored on the server rather than downloaded/uploaded for each workbook
• Reduced memory usage by loading the extract once to memory rather than for each workbook
Tableau Desktop users can connect to these centralized Data Extracts in the same way that they connect to any other data source. Queries are executed on the server rather than on the desktop. Users can enrich the data model locally providing centralized management of the data and user flexibility.
Tableau Server can also be used as a database connection proxy by centrally installing and configuring database drivers. Tableau Desktop users then connect through Tableau Server to access the back-end database server reducing the need to deploy, configure, and update database drivers on each client. Additionally, Tableau Server permissions define who can access the various connections to provide an easy way to manage access to your databases.
There are several benefits of the Tableau Data Server but I would like to highlight three areas that will help drive more value out of your data.