Tableau Server architecture: TDS-centric

Let's take a look at the following diagram, which depicts the TDS-centric architecture:

The preceding diagram shows the .twb files that have been published to Tableau Server. The .twb files point to a .tds file as a data source. The .tds file points to the database.

The TDS-centric approach to Tableau Server architecture results in various advantages and at least one disadvantage:

  • The following are the TWB-centric advantages:
  • Small footprint: Like the TWB-centric approach, the TDS-centric approach has the advantage of a small footprint, which stems from the small size of the .tds and .twb files. 

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