Tableau goes 'Hyper' on data ingestion & query

Visual analytics company Tableau Software has launched a new data engine technology called Hyper. The software is included in the Tableau 10.5 version release.

Hyper is designed to ‘slice and dice’ massive volumes of data in a short period of time.

The concept is: 5X faster query speed and up to 3X faster extract creation speed — and so organisations will be able to (theoretically) scale their analysis to more people.

Also included in the release is Tableau Server on Linux and the ability to embed multiple visualisations in a single view with Viz in Tooltip.

Hyper, along with the rest of Tableau 10.5 capabilities, including drag-and-drop power trend lines, a new Box connector, and Tableau Mobile updates is all now currently available.

Fast data ingest

According to Francois Ajenstat, chief product officer at Tableau, Hyper is built for for fast data ingest and analytical query processing on large or complex data sets.

“With enhanced extract creation and refresh performance and support for even larger datasets, customers can choose to extract their data based on the needs of the business, without concern for scheduling limitations. Furthermore, to keep customers in the flow of their analysis, Hyper can complete queries on large data sets in seconds.  With fast query performance, complex dashboards open faster, filters are snappier, and adding new fields to visualisations is almost instantaneous,” said Ajenstat

Hyper also helps scale extracts for broad usage by leveraging the latest multi-core processor advancements and employing novel workload parallelisation techniques.

This is an in-memory system designed for transactional and analytical workloads that uses query optimisation techniques and a single columnar storage state for all workloads.

Customers can use Tableau’s hybrid architecture with live and extract options, as well as its portfolio of more than 65 connectors to more than 75 data sources.

Tableau Server on Linux

Tableau 10.5 also introduces Tableau Server on Linux so that users can combine Tableau’s analytics platform with Linux’s enterprise capabilities.

With identical end user functionality to Tableau on Windows, customers already using Linux in their IT environments can integrate Tableau Server into their processes and workflows.

With this new deployment option, customers who prefer Linux no longer need to maintain both Windows and Linux environments to support Tableau. Additionally, for customers who wish to run Tableau in the public cloud, Tableau Server on Linux also works.

Tableau Server on Linux includes support for CentOS, Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Oracle Linux distributions. IT teams can also control user authentication through LDAP, Active Directory, or local authentication. Making the migration to Tableau Server on Linux is done via a backup and restore.

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