Tableau Server Now Available on AWS Marketplace

7. May 2015 14:10 by Eric in Analytics, Tableau  //   Comments (0)

So excited that Tableau has joined the Amazon Web Services Marketplace with an option to quickly deploy Tableau Server in the cloud.

What this means to our Tableau customers in comparison to the traditional manual installations are:

  • AWS pre-config deployment for Tableau Server can save a lot time & money on the configuration and service provision fronts. (e.g. just imagine how much time can be saved when it comes to the configuration the tableau server public IP configurations...)
  • AWS pre-config installation for Tableau Server can set up the Demo/Production environment faster if the underlying data sources are already made available in the AWS Cloud Environment (such as SSAS cubes hosted on the same/separated AWS instances)
  • Lastly, the security configurations (e.g. ports/roles) will be easily taken care by the AWS pre-config set-up, rather than the traditional approach to go through the Tableau Server Admin console to manually configure those individual setting, then re-booting the server repeatedly in order to make sure that all the setting has been made effectively.

Happy Tableau-ing!!

All Best,


SQL Server 2016 public preview coming soon!

5. May 2015 17:14 by Eric in Analytics, General, PowerQuery, SQL Server  //   Comments (0)

So excited about this ground-breaking SQL Server 2016 public preview release in the coming months. In summary, the top capabilities for the release include:

  1. Always Encrypted - a new capability that protects data at rest and in motion,
  2. Stretch Database - new technology that lets you dynamically stretch your warm and cold transactional data to Microsoft Azure,
  3. Enhancements Real-time Operational Analytics & In-Memory OLTP - leading in-memory technologies for real-time analytics on top of breakthrough transactional performance.
  4. Built-in Advanced Analytics, PolyBase and Mobile BI with R integration


Also additional capabilities in SQL Server 2016 include:

  1. Additional security enhancements for Row-level Security and Dynamic Data Masking to round out our security investments with Always Encrypted.
  2. Improvements to AlwaysOn for more robust availability and disaster recovery with multiple synchronous replicas and secondary load balancing.
  3. Native JSON support to offer better performance and support for your many types of your data.
  4. SQL Server Enterprise Information Management (EIM) tools and Analysis Services get an upgrade in performance, usability and scalability.
  5. Faster hybrid backups, high availability and disaster recovery scenarios to backup and restore your on-premises databases to Azure and place your SQL Server AlwaysOn secondaries in Azure.


The further details for the SQL Server 2016 public preview information can be found via

P.S. the latest MS Power BI preview will be also fully released this summer as well along with much more appealing visualization and sophisticated data capabilities.

All Best,