Many Tableau Server customers have asked about running Tableau Server on top of third-party public cloud platforms. We previously announced support for Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. We are now announcing support for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) as well.
We've created a walkthrough in the Knowledge Base, Tableau Server and GCP Installation Walkthrough, that focuses on how to get Tableau Server running using the GCP Compute Engine. Where possible, we reference existing documentation for Tableau Server, and GCP.
The walkthrough assumes you already have some familiarity with both Tableau Server and GCP. If you've never worked with either of these, we recommend that you read the introductions in the following links before diving into the walkthrough. Once you've gotten all the prerequisites lined up, you can follow these steps and be up and running with a Tableau Server in GCP in about an hour.
- Google Get Started (complements this walkthrough): https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/quickstarts
- Tableau overview: http://www.tableau.com/products/server
- Tableau product Help: http://www.tableau.com/support/help (see the "Tableau Server" list of documents)
- Tableau Server Administrator Guide: http://onlinehelp.tableau.com/current/server/en-us/help.htm#admin.htm
Prerequisites You need the following to run Tableau Server on GCP:
- A Google account with a GCP project. If you don't already have an account, use the Google page to sign up for a free trial.
- Optionally, a Tableau Server license. If you have a license, you can activate Tableau Server on GCP. Otherwise, you can activate Tableau Server for a 14-day trial period.
- Remote Desktop (RDP) installed on your computer. You use RDP to log in to the VM that's hosting Tableau Server. RDP is preinstalled on Windows. If you use a Mac, you can install the RDP client from the Microsoft Download Center.
- Access to a Tableau Server installer. You can download a free trial version from the Tableau Server Trial Download page.