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We are trying to build a complete cloud based analytics solution for our project. In doing so, we have the question that if we are to use Alteryx server only, do we need Alteryx Designer on a desktop? Can Alteryx work in a complete Server Only mode with the necessary tools available as a Web Based functionality?
What is a good documentation that distinguishes Alteryx Desktop Designer and Server capabilities?
When you install the Alteryx Server you get the Alteryx Designer engine .exe to allow scheduled or published workflows to be executed. A local Alteryx Designer machine and separate designer license are used to develop workflows and save them to the Alteryx server.
The server allows users to take advantage of:
Scalability: allowing you and your organisation to run multiple workloads simultaneously.
Collaboration: the ability to create , publish and share workflows, apps and macro-based tools and open up analytic app functionality via a RESTful API.
Scheduling: to automate jobs, and
Governance: to provide control over data and content access.
Here is the architecture of a typical server:
This is also our cloud based solution for the Alteryx Public Gallery:
For any cloud based data integration and analytics solution - You can take an AWS EC2 Windows box (or Azure), install Alteryx Server on the same and then make that available over a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).
Alteryx Designer will be required to carry out the developement.
Alteryx Server will execute the mappings made in Alteryx Designer and will help schedule and maintain the code.