Curiosity Killed the Cloud

Overwhelming interest in Tableau is overwhelming servers.

Tableau Public servers are overwhelmed


Tableau Software, the now-publically traded darling (NYSE symbol DATA) of the data visualization industry, has a lot of curious prospective users. But overwhelming curiosity translates into overwhelming traffic for their servers. I was hoping to use Tableau Public to see what it could do with a Microsoft Excel export my Google Analytics (Tableau Desktop can connect directly to Google Analytics but (free) Tableau Public is more limited). I was greeted with the following message.

Saving to Tableau Public is temporarily unavailable.

Due to overwhelming traffic on our servers, saving to Tableau Public is temporarily disabled. We appreciate your patience as we work to get this fixed. Please try again later.

No doubt Tableau puts more cloud horsepower behind its new paid offering, Tableau Online. But I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone in having concerns about availability of cloud services.

In any case, I’m sure it feels nice to be wanted.