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.