Metabase Cloud BI lets everyone use data. With super fast, simple setup

Metabase is the easy-to-use cloud business intelligence platform with simple tools to run ad hoc reports, ask questions, and build dashboards for data-driven decision-making, with or without SQL. Fast, simple cloud deployment means your business intelligence program can go from zero to insights in the blink of an eye.

Get your cloud BI tool set up and querying in 5 minutes

No specialist technical skills needed. Works with whatever’s already in your data stack with a number of straightforward data connectors.

Secure, production-grade deployment by experts

Containerized, multi-tenant cloud deployment prioritizes security. Hosted in a region near you to keep your business intelligence software and data management close.

SOC 2 Type II Compliant

Enterprise-level compliance with a price tag that makes sense for startups. Put smarter business-decisions in the hands of your whole team.

Trusted by over 60,000 companies

From click-to-create data visualizations to interactive dashboards

Go from tables to visualizations in a few clicks. Familiar spreadsheet functionality with way more telling outcomes. Click on column headers to filter and create visualizations, or choose from the menu to automate aggregations.

  • Share key metrics, KPIs and data analytics with visual, easy-to-read and understand datasets for your team (or customers) to discover insights and learn more.
  • Customize your dashboards for clearer data storytelling and straightforward decision-making and data discovery, with filters, tabs, and text and link cards for deeper context.
  • Interactive drill-through functionality. Zoom in, and use the breakout menu to get deeper context and insights without needing to ask the data team. Click to explore, discover, and create charts in minutes.
  • Set up subscriptions and alerts to send dashboards to your teammates, customers, and external stakeholders.

Query data with or without SQL for true self-service data analytics

Convert spreadsheet experts to BI tool fans with easy-to-use data analytics that feels like home (but with more interesting outcomes).

  • Intuitive query builder with drag-and-drop functionality that lets less data-savvy teammates put together their own questions without a lick of SQL (or a data team to help them). They won’t even miss Excel.
  • Provide the building blocks for new questions. Models are meta-data enriched with complex stuff, like joins, already done.
  • Structure and highlight fresh and vetted content. Organize related content in collections, and verify fresh, vetted content for use. Point people to optimize business decisions and empowered.
  • SQL editor for advanced analytics. That your data team will actually like using, with reusable SQL snippets, and a handy data reference where you want it.

Get scalability from scratch with Metabase Cloud BI solution

Fast, reliable, and secure deployment with none of the work or hidden costs that come with self-hosting. Metabase cloud BI solution scales with you without impacting your workflows. Add as many people, questions, and as much traffic as you want. It'll keep a quick pace. Automate the work of managing your business intelligence solution with:

  • Upgrades. Automatically upgrade to the current version, so you're always getting the latest and greatest of Metabase.
  • Backups. The way they should be: there when you need them, out of sight and out of mind when you don't.
  • SMTP server. Even your alerts and dashboard subscriptions are covered with a preconfigured and managed SMTP server.
Data and security structure of Metabase cloud

“It's the first time in my years working in data that I saw non-technical business users create their own dashboards and analytics in our BI platform, all made possible because of Metabase’s user friendly and intuitive data exploration and dashboarding capabilities.”

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Dobo Radichkov

Chief Data Officer, Holland & Barrett

Cloud BI solution that's fast to set up and integrates with your preferred data tools

Set up in 5 minutes without engineering help. No code, technical skills, or developers required.

  • Go from data source to sharing your first dashboard faster than it takes to sign up for a trial with other BI tools.
  • Connects to more than 20 data sources via official, partner, and community drivers. Bring all your datasets together in a single analytics tool.
  • Work with your preferred data tools. From transformation, data preparation to upstream data modeling, to curate your data and BI ecosystem with a powerful query and data visualization layer to turn raw data into insights.
  • Hand hosting duty over to us. Super secure single tenant or air-gapped deployment is also available.

Customer-facing, embedded dashboards and data analytics in days, not sprints

Get the best of interactive cloud-based business intelligence embedded into your apps or SaaS product without having to do the hard work of actually building it yourself.

  • Give your customers as much for as little data analytics functionality as you choose. From embedded real-time dashboards with interactive charts, to full querying power.
  • Get to proof of concept in a fraction of the time. Compared to building it for yourself, and also most embedded analytics alternatives. You could have customer-facing analytics in your app within the month.
  • White-labeled to look like your brand. Customize fonts, colors, logos, and hide any traces of Metabase. No one needs to know you brought store-bought business analytics to the bake sale.
  • Cost effective with scalability Whether you want to automate insights for your customers and let them run custom reports, or you just need to embed a few dashboards, embedding pricing is structured so you only pay for what you need.
  • Proof of concept really really fast. You’ll be amazed at how leaning into cloud computing and data integration turns into insights for your customers.

Advanced cloud data management for private and secure self-service analytics

Your data is kept on your servers as much as possible. Whatever we touch is encrypted in transit, and any identifiable data is hashed. With your data managed safely and securely, you have additional security features to manage access and permissions in your BI tool.

  • Single sign-on, JWT and advanced LDAP. Secure access, permission grouping and user mapping made simple.
  • Row- and column-level permissions. Get really granular with what people see. Not a single cell unaccounted for.
  • Fine-grained usage analytics. See who’s doing what, when. Stay on top of compliance, and optimize usage and data performance.

Help from our world-class success team

We don't like to brag, so we'll let our customers do it for us.

With Metabase cloud services, you'll get access to:

  • Support from actual technical experts. We're all avid Metabase users who are well versed in business analytics and business intelligence platforms, so we've been in your shoes.
  • Help with whatever your problem is, be it admin troubleshooting or advice on best practices on everything from data analysis, structuring your datasets, data source connectors, data visualization, embedding in apps, real-time data visualization for KPIs and metrics, data modelling, and more!
  • No chatbots, no hold lines, no customer service runaround. Just email us, we're right here.

“The expertise and engagement of the Metabase team stands in stark contrast to that which we've received from Looker over the past 18+ months and, in previous lives, Tableau.”

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Dave Holmes-Kinsella
Head of Data Science, Synctera

“10/10. Metabase support is the best in the industry and serves as a shining example of what we try to achieve for our own customers.”

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Philip Lorenzo
Head of Data, StructionSite

“Johannes is a world class support engineer. I really give him 5 stars for the help he provided. All responses were very fast, to the point, and helpful. I couldn't ask for better support. A true expert.”

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Chad Remesch
CTO, The Lobby

“I got excellent and timely response to my question. Thank you for the level of detail you provided, you made me feel that if we migrate our installation to your cloud service, we will have your support.”

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Michael Masouras
CEO, Motohunt

“Johannes is the best! He always gives thorough responses and next steps that help us manage expectations with our end users.”

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Meghan Maloy
Senior Analytics Engineer, Datadog

“I really appreciated how fast Luis was to respond, and how straightforward his recommendations are. You're awesome!”

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Aimée Walker
Technical Engineer, Revenue.io

“The response was specific on all my raised points and it came back very quickly!”

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Andrea Mazza
Marine Data Analyst, Breeze

“The expertise and engagement of the Metabase team stands in stark contrast to that which we've received from Looker over the past 18+ months and, in previous lives, Tableau.”

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Dave Holmes-Kinsella
Head of Data Science, Synctera

“10/10. Metabase support is the best in the industry and serves as a shining example of what we try to achieve for our own customers.”

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Philip Lorenzo
Head of Data, StructionSite

“Johannes is a world class support engineer. I really give him 5 stars for the help he provided. All responses were very fast, to the point, and helpful. I couldn't ask for better support. A true expert.”

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Chad Remesch
CTO, The Lobby

“I got excellent and timely response to my question. Thank you for the level of detail you provided, you made me feel that if we migrate our installation to your cloud service, we will have your support.”

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Michael Masouras
CEO, Motohunt

“Johannes is the best! He always gives thorough responses and next steps that help us manage expectations with our end users.”

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Meghan Maloy
Senior Analytics Engineer, Datadog

“I really appreciated how fast Luis was to respond, and how straightforward his recommendations are. You're awesome!”

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Aimée Walker
Technical Engineer, Revenue.io

“The response was specific on all my raised points and it came back very quickly!”

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Andrea Mazza
Marine Data Analyst, Breeze

Frequently asked questions

How does cloud BI work?

Business intelligence tools (BI tools) are software applications designed to transform your raw data from databases, data warehouses, and spreadsheets into actionable insights. Cloud BI is hosted and deployed in Metabase Cloud, as opposed to hosted and maintained on-premise by you.

Business intelligence tools let people work with data:

- Analyzing and summarizing data - BI tools can identify patterns, trends, and relationships within your data.

- Creating visualizations - They can present this information in easy-to-understand formats like charts, graphs, and dashboards.

- Providing alerts and notifications - BI tools can set up alerts to notify you of important changes or emerging trends in your data.

- Facilitating forecasting - These tools can help you predict future trends based on historical data.

Overall, BI tools empower you to make data-driven decisions by giving you a clear and comprehensive picture of your business performance.

What are the benefits of cloud-based BI?

Metabase cloud infrastructure lets you benefit from:

- Operational efficiency with fewer manual tasks like backups, upgrades, and maintenance.

- It’s cost-effective. Self-hosting sometimes appears as a a cheaper option but can come with a laundry list of hidden costs. Metabase cloud is one of the most affordable cloud-based business intelligence solutions on the market.

- Private cloud, containerized deployment with no noisy neighbors.

- Hosted near you. Keep your BI close to your data.

Focus on your business needs instead of hosting your business intelligence.

Give it to me straight - which is the best cloud-based business intelligence tool?

There’s no right or wrong answer here. It will generally depend on your use case, how much you want people to be able to learn from data and run reports on their own without depending on your data team; your preferred data stack, how fast you need to get up and running, your budget, and more.

Again, there’s no “right” answer, but just sayin’ - Metabase is user-friendly to let everyone on your team get real-time insights from data. It works well with all of your datasets and preferred data tools (from data sources, data preparation, and semantic layering tools). It gets up and running in 5 minutes flat. And pricing is suited to all budgets (and you can try it for free).

Teams who have used Tableau, Microsoft’s Power BI, Google’s Looker, Domo, Sisense and other business intelligence platforms in the past now choose Metabase as it lets their business users self-service analytics. User-friendly drag-and-drop data analytics lets people run ad hoc reports on their own and get actionable insights without needing SQL.

Is on-premise BI better than cloud BI?

The choice to go with on-premise deployment or cloud-based business intelligence will depend on your business, use cases, needs and regulatory requirements.

Self-hosting, or on-premise deployment may be necessary if you need any of the following:

- An air-gapped environment

- You're using a community or custom driver to connect to your data source

- A custom build of Metabase

- Or if you have specific regulations about how you run your software (like HIPAA)

The good news is that with Metabase you have a choice whether you run it on-premise or opt for Metabase Cloud. It’s simple to migrate at any time, and back again if you need to. All of your existing questions and dashboards will be migrated over, so there's no need to start over from scratch.

How does cloud BI enhance data security and compliance?

Metabase has a serious commitment to data security and privacy. We don’t want your data. It stays on your servers as much as possible, and whatever we touch is encrypted in transit, and any identifiable data is hashed.

Metabase is SOC 2 Type II, GDPR, and CCPA compliant. Besides compliance audits, we have independent application and infrastructure-level penetration tests a few times a year, with test results prioritized and fixed fast.

Systems are segmented into separate networks with firewalls between networks. All servers in our production fleet are hardened according to CIS benchmarks.

In case that doesn’t cut it and you need single-tenant cloud deployment, or an air-gapped environment, you can switch your Metabase deployment at any time.

How easy is on-premise BI to deploy and set up?

BAs an open source business intelligence platform, Metabase’s on-premise solution is pretty straightforward to deploy and set up. You can download Metabase as a JAR file and run on your machine, or run via Docker.

Anyone can run an on-premise version of Metabase, but when it comes to running production grade deployment, maintenance can skew more technical. Cloud BI like Metabase lets anyone - even those without technical expertise - get Metabase up and running fast, with maintenance taken care of.

Does my whole team need to know SQL to use cloud BI software like Metabase?

Metabase lets people ask questions with or without needing to know SQL. The intuitive Query Builder lets non-technical or data savvy people put together analyses with clicks - no SQL necessary. A promise made by many analytics tools, but not always delivered. Analysts and data people who prefer to write SQL can fill their boots in the SQL editor.

Who uses Metabase as a cloud BI solution?

Metabase is trusted by over 60,000 companies with their data analytics, from startups who need their first business intelligence tool through to Enterprises.

Metabase open source is the go-to choice for founders and solo-developers to let their teams get answers from data on their own so they’re not running the same reports once a month. Metabase Pro and Enterprise is generally chosen by CTOs, CPOs, Heads of Data who have been there, done that with every other BI platform on the market and need a way to make self-service analytics actually happen.

You’ll have to take our word on this one, but Metabase is even used by several of our competitors (who have asked us not to show their logos, of course). Could we even make that up?

Have more questions? We’d be happy to help.
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