It seems that the Spark Thrift Server is not officially supported in Cloudera CDH. How do people use Tableau to do visualization with data stored in a Cloudera CDH cluster? Thank you!
Can you recommend any other visualization tools?
In a typical CDH setup, Tableau would connect through either Hive or Impala. The former is suited more fore recurring reports, while the latter is more suitable for interactive data exploration. CDH is compatible with other visualization tools (e.g. through JDBC and ODBC drivers)
Here's the documentation for setting up connection to Impala from Tableau:
And here's the documentation for connect to Hive from Tableau:
Hope this helps and is an acceptable solution for your use case.