Hardware Planning and Server Configuration for Enterprise Tableau Deployments

Brad Fair, Solution Architect, InterWorks
Mike Roberts, Director of Data Analytics, Pluralsight
Eric Shiarla, Principal Business Intelligence Consultant, InterWorks

Tableau Server is easy to install and configure yet has many features that can add complexity to deployments.

This white paper aims to provide guidance and best practices for mission-critical deployments, placing emphasis on high availability, performance, scalability and governance.

Brad Fair and Eric Shiarla from InterWorks and Mike Roberts from Pluralsight bring a comprehensive understanding of the hardware, networking and integration requirements of enterprise customers, they provide a road map for Tableau Server planning and implementation.

A well-executed Tableau Server deployment consists of 5 essential steps:

Step 1: Planning the Environment
Step 2: Sizing Hardware & Server Configuration
Step 3: Load Testing
Step 4: Scaling to Meet Demand
Step 5: Maintaining & Monitoring

While this whitepaper cannot detail all of the possible variations encountered during the planning and implementation of a Tableau deployment, additional resources and information are highlighted after each section for more in-depth reading.

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About the authors


Brad Fair

Solution Architect, InterWorks

Brad is a solution architect based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. His background is in networking, IT services development and virtualization/storage architecture. He has presented on numerous topics, including Tableau Server scalability and performance as well as high-performance analytical databases. Brad consults with Tableau’s most performance-conscious clients to ensure their environments are running optimally.


Mike Roberts

Director of Data Analytics, Pluralsight

As Director of Data Analytics at Pluralsight, Mike Roberts has a wealth of experience and a varied background that encompasses databases, analytics, visualization and scripting. He has worked for Fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses, helping them understand their vast data troves. His analytical style revolves around people and context, and in an industry consumed with “defaults,” he believes that data intelligence starts with giving people access to their information with collaboration in mind. Mike is a 2015 Tableau Zen Master
as well as a contributing author to “Tableau Your Data! - Fast and Easy Visual Analysis with Tableau Software”.


Eric Shiarla

Principal Business Intelligence Consultant, InterWorks

Eric is a principal business intelligence consultant for InterWorks. Based out of Chicago, he manages a team of consultants that are actively involved in some of the largest Tableau deployments in the world. Eric has been a key presenter at numerous conferences and lectures on the subjects of data visualization and the impact of Tableau in the enterprise. Eric is also a contributing author to “Tableau Your Data! - Fast and Easy Visual Analysis with Tableau Software”.