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Tableau Server on AWS deployment options

You can self-deploy Tableau Server on an Amazon EC2 instance that you provision, deploy Tableau Server using the AWS CloudFormation templates in the Tableau Server on AWS Quick Start, or deploy Tableau Server on AWS using an AWS Marketplace Amazon Machine Image (AMI). The following table shows the differences between each option.

Tableau Server AWS Self-Deployment AWS Quick Start AWS Marketplace AMI
Production ready
Upgradable
Scalable
Distributed installation
Active Directory support
14-day trial license
BYOL license
Subscription license

Each of the deployment options are described in more detail below:

  • Self-Deploy to an Amazon EC2 Instance – Provides the most flexibility and options to customize Tableau Server to your environment. If you are launching a system that will only run for a short period of time (i.e., for testing or evaluation purposes) use the Tableau Server on AWS Quick Start or an AWS Marketplace AMI instead.

    Self-deployment of Tableau Server to an Amazon EC2 instance is recommended for development, test, and production environments that start simple but may need to scale later.

    For more information about self-deployment, see Self-Deploy a Single Tableau Server on AWS. For more information about deploying in a distributed environment, see Self-Deploy Tableau Server on AWS in a Distributed Environment.

  • Tableau Server on AWS Quick Start – Installs Tableau Server on a standalone Amazon EC2 instance or on a cluster of standalone Amazon EC2 instances using an AWS CloudFormation template. This deployment strategy allows you to go live quickly and limit your overall costs.

    The Tableau Server on AWS Quick Start is recommended for development, test, and production environments that start simple but may need to scale later. You can use your own license (BYOL) or a free 14-day trial version

    For more information about installing Tableau Server on Windows using the Quick Start, see the Tableau Server on AWS Quick Start.

  • Tableau Server AWS Marketplace AMIs –Installs Tableau Server on Windows with an AWS Marketplace AMI. You can use a 14-day free trial or after Tableau Server is up-and-running on the Amazon EC2 instance, you can apply the Tableau Core or Interactor license you’ve purchased to the server. The Tableau Server AWS Marketplace AMIs are recommended for quick testing and proof-of-concept environments only. For more information about AWS Marketplace AMIs, see the AWS Marketplace. The Tableau Server AWS Marketplace AMIs have the following limitations:

    • Choose BYOL, 10, 25, 50 or 100 user AMIs.

    • Tableau Server license included in the hourly fee paid to AWS. If you’re using the Bring Your Own License (BYOL) AMI, the license is sold separately.

    • Single machine, vertical scaling (scale up) only.

    • Active Directory. Local authentication only. If you need Active Directory authentication, see Self-Deploy to an Amazon EC2 Instance.

    • No in-place upgrades. You may not upgrade this software to a newer version of Tableau Server. Instead, you must backup Tableau Server and restore your users and content to a newer AMI running Tableau Server.

    • AMIs may be deployed to a specific set of optimal Amazon EC2 instance types and sizes.