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About GX Cloud

GX Cloud builds on the innovative features of GX open source software (OSS). Its easy-to-use web interface lets you quickly validate your data without creating and running complex Python code. With GX Cloud you can work collaboratively with your teammates to define and test reusable data queries that alert you to changes in your data.

While it is possible to design and deploy a functioning data quality ecosystem with GX OSS, GX Cloud simplifies infrastructure and deployment significantly. With GX cloud, you'll save time, money, and effort implementing your data quality management and monitoring solution.

Here are just a few of the benefits you'll get with GX Cloud:

  • It's web-based and browser- and platform-independent.

  • A hosted environment and intuitive interface makes it faster to set up and run your data Validations.

  • Features such as Validation run histories, Data Asset metrics, and more.

  • No more need to create, run, and maintain complex code for your data queries.

  • No more need to host GX OSS Data Docs. GX Cloud takes care of hosting and allows your organization to focus on managing and monitoring data.

  • Hosted backend storage for GX deployments. With GX OSS, you need to set up and maintain a collection of required backend stores, including stores for your GX component configurations, data quality metadata, and data validation history. GX Cloud removes the need to deploy and maintain this additional internal infrastructurewith GX Cloud, your backend stores are fully-managed.

GX Cloud architecture

The following diagram provides an overview of the key GX Cloud architecture components:

GX Cloud Architecture and Components

GX Cloud components

  • GX Cloud data storage - Stores your Data Source, Data Asset, Expectation Suite, and Checkpoint configurations and your Validation run histories and Data Asset descriptive metrics.

  • GX Cloud web UI - Manages and validates your data without running Python code, and provides shared visibility into your Validation Results and Checkpoint run history. It's browser- and platform-independent.

  • GX Cloud API - Provides a REST API to programmatically access and manage GX Cloud data and configurations. Both the GX open source software (OSS) client and the GX Agent use the GX Cloud API to query data from and send data to GX Cloud. Documentation for the GX Cloud API is not currently available, and it is not yet intended for use outside the GX OSS client.

  • GX Cloud message broker - Enables communication between GX Cloud and your local GX Agent.

Local components

  • GX OSS client - The Python library that powers GX Cloud and provides a Python client for GX Cloud when you're using GX OSS locally. GX OSS contains the logic needed to test and document your data, and you can also use it to create, manage, and interact with GX Cloud components.

  • GX Agent - A utility that runs locally in your environment. When it's running, the GX Agent can receive tasks generated from the GX Cloud web UI, such as running a Checkpoint or fetching Column Descriptive Metrics, and execute these tasks against your Data Assets.

GX Cloud deployment patterns

GX Cloud deployments can be tailored to meet your specific business requirements. The following factors determine what deployment pattern is best for your organization:

  • Whether you want to interact with the GX OSS client locally, or use only the GX Cloud web UI.

  • Where and how you want to run the GX Agent. The GX Agent can be run in your local environment as a Docker container (the recommended approach), or as a Python program.

Run the GX Agent locally and interact with the GX Cloud web UI only

GX Cloud supports the creation of Snowflake Data Sources and Data Assets. If you're using GX Cloud to test and validate Snowflake data, a deployment pattern that allows you to run the GX Agent locally and use the GX Cloud web UI to manage your GX workflows is recommended.

GX deployment in which you create and manage Snowflake Data Assets only, interact with the GX Cloud web UI only, and run the GX Agent locally

Run the GX Agent locally and interact with the GX Cloud web UI and GX OSS client

If you need to use GX to connect to, test, and validate multiple Data Sources supported by GX OSS, a deployment pattern that allows you to interact with the GX Cloud web UI and with the GX OSS client locally is recommended.

GX deployment in which you use the GX OSS client to create and manage GX Cloud content, access the GX Cloud web UI to manage and monitor GX workflows, and run the GX Agent locally

Run GX OSS within an orchestrator

If you need to integrate GX Cloud with an orchestrator, or you need to run GX Cloud workflows on a schedule, you can run the GX OSS client within your data pipeline and store the test and validation results in GX Cloud for shared viewing in the GX Cloud web UI.

GX deployment in which you you use the GX OSS client to create and manage GX Cloud content and run in an orchestrator pipeline that accesses your data sources

Custom deployment patterns

The deployment patterns described previously are not an exhaustive collection of the ways you can deploy GX Cloud. Instead, these patterns are meant to illustrate the building blocks of a GX Cloud deployment and how you can configure and connect those blocks to form a functioning data quality ecosystem.

For example, you might opt to run and interact with the GX OSS client locally to define your Data Sources, Data Assets, Expectation Suites, and Checkpoints, run the GX OSS client in your Airflow pipeline to execute Checkpoints on a regular schedule, run the GX Agent locally as a Python program to fetch Data Asset metrics from the GX Cloud web UI, and access the GX Cloud web UI to view Validation and Checkpoint run histories.

GX provides flexible, robust products that allow your organization to quickly deploy GX Cloud or GX OSS to fit your unique requirements.

Workflow optimization

GX Cloud helps you get started faster and simplifies your data Validation workflows. Here's how:

  • You can identify your Data Source, connect to a Data Asset, create Expectations, and then run Validations without running a single line of Python code.

  • You can reuse or modify your Expectations as your business requirements change. No need to create new Expectations every time you need to validate your data.

  • You can execute Validations with the click of a button and get your results immediately.

  • You can share Validation data quickly and make it accessible to all users regardless of their technical knowledge.

GX Cloud workflow

The GX Cloud workflow is a sequence of tasks you complete to perform Data Validations.

You connect GX Cloud to a Data Asset stored on your Data Source, you define and create an Expectation, and then you run a Validation on the data defined in the Expectation. Knowing that your data meets your Expectations helps you ensure your data is accurate and reliable and alerts you to issues before they become problematic.

The following table lists the sequence of tasks that you complete in a typical GX Cloud workflow. A brief description of the task and links to the relevant topics are provided.

Set up GX CloudSet up your environment to get the most out of GX Cloud. Do it once, and you don't need to do it again.
Connect to a Data Asset on a Data SourceThe Data Asset contains the data you want to examine and validate, and the Data Source is where the Data Asset is located.
Create an ExpectationDefine verifiable assertions about your data.
Run ValidationsRun a Validation to determine if your data meets the assertions in the Expectation.
(Optional) Add and run CheckpointsAdd and run Checkpoints to refine and confirm your Data Validations.

Roles and responsibilities

How you interact with GX Cloud is dependent on the role you're assigned by your Admin. The following table lists GX Cloud roles and responsibilities.

ViewerView Checkpoints and Validation Results
EditorCreate and edit Expectations
Create access tokens
AdminFull access
Perform all GX Cloud administrative functions including user and role assignment

Supported browsers

The following browsers are supported by GX Cloud:

Browser session duration

A session is the period of time that you’re signed in to your GX Cloud account from a browser. If you close the browser, your session ends, and you're signed out. You'll need to sign in again to access GX Cloud.

Get support

Use the following resources when you have questions or encounter issues with GX Cloud: