The DataStax spark Cassandra connector is great for interacting with Cassandra through Apache Spark. With Spark SQL 1.1, we can use the thrift server to interact with Spark with Tableau. Since Tableau can talk to Spark, and Spark can talk to Cassandra, there's surely some way to get Tableau talking to Cassandra through Spark (or rather Spark SQL). I can't figure out how to get this running. Ideally, I'd like to do this with Spark Standalone cluster + a Cassandra cluster (i.e. without additional Hadoop set up). Is this possible? Any pointers are appreciated.