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Realistically, this is likely a question your network admins would need to answer.
It is entirely possible, for example, that the database server is configured to accept connections only from particular machines, necessitating the two hop approach. Or there may be various firewalls that are designed to limit the set of machines that are allowed to connect to the database server. Your network admins should be able to tell you whether this is possible on your particular network, what you would have to request if you wanted it to work, etc.