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Power BI Premium A Capacity-based Licensing Model, Report Server Launched

Microsoft Power BI has added apps, now in preview, and new features, New Power BI content pack for Azure Enterprise users boosts data exploration

Microsoft Power BI has begun offering apps, now in preview, that allow users to easily deploy and manage a collection of purpose-built dashboards and reports to a large number of business users.

The dashboards and reports can be distributed to an entire organization or to specific people or groups, empowering them to make data-driven decisions.

On Wednesday, Microsoft had announced “Power BI Premium” — a capacity-based licensing model that increases flexibility for how users access, share and distribute content in Power BI.

The new offering also delivers additional scalability and performance to Power BI service such as:

  • Flexibility to license by capacity. For example, many organizations contain users who aren’t actively creating BI content, but require the ability to consume content distributed to them. Power BI Premium enables Pro users to publish reports broadly across the enterprise and beyond, without requiring recipients to be licensed per user.
  • Organizations using Power BI Premium will be able to customize performance based on the needs of their team, department or the organization itself. A calculator is available to help with capacity planning.
  • Power BI apps offer a simplified way of deploying dashboards and reports to specific people, groups or an entire organization. Business users can easily install these apps and navigate them with ease, centralizing content in one place and updating automatically.
  • Power BI Embedded is converging with Power BI service to deliver one API surface, a consistent set of capabilities and access to latest features. Moving forward “we encourage those interested in embedding Power BI in their apps to start with Power BI Desktop and move to deployment with Power BI Premium,” wrties the team. “Existing apps built on Power BI Embedded will continue to be supported.

The new offering also introduced, the ability to manage Power BI Reports on-premises with the included Power BI “Report Server,” an on-premises server that allows the deployment and distribution of interactive Power BI reports – and traditional paginated reports – completely within the boundaries of the organization’s firewall.

With Power BI Premium, “same number of virtual cores an organization provisions in the cloud can also be deployed on-premises through Power BI Report Server, without the need to split the capacity.” Organizations can choose Power BI in the cloud, or elect to keep reports on-premises with Power BI Report Server and move to the cloud at their pace.

Power BI Report Server will be generally available late in the second quarter of 2017.

power bi report server
Power BI Report Server

In addition, other new features including a new matrix, two new quick measures, a new way to create bins and a new slicer type that can filter reports down to relative dates, such as “last three months” are added, too.

The new Power BI content pack for Azure Enterprise users released on Wednesday, enable deep exploration and analysis of consumption data.

New elements include the ability to specify a time range that can span up to 36 months. In addition, the content pack now includes marketplace, balance and summary data for specified time ranges, writes principal engineering manager.

power bi content pack for azure enterprise

Azure Scheduled Events Preview introduced Wednesday, is one a subservices under Azure Metadata Service that surfaces information regarding upcoming events (for example, reboot).

Being part of the Azure Metadata Service, scheduled events are surfaced using a REST Endpoint from within the VM, writes the team. “The information is available via a Non-routable IP so that it is not exposed outside the VM.”

Scheduled events, “give application sufficient time to perform preventive tasks to minimize the effect of such events.”

Microsoft also published important information about the Azure ioT Hub Server TLS certificate renewal, happening on May 2017, and may impact client connectivity to Hub service. “This change only impacts Azure IoT Hubs created in public Azure cloud, and not Azure in China nor Azure Germany,” the team said.

As part of the periodic renewal cycle, “the Azure IoT Hub leaf certificates used for TLS connection will be renewed starting mid-May 2017.”

In the table below, you can see about the certificate being renewed:

azure iot hub server tls leaf certificate renewal chart
Azure IoT Hub Server TLS Leaf certificate renewal chart

SAP and Microsoft are continuously adding new features and functionalities to the Azure cloud platform to provide same performance, product availability support matrix and availability as on-premises solutions with the added flexibility of cloud.

Here is the highlight of the updates, fixes, enhancements, collated in this topic:

  • Disk Cache & Encryption Settings
  • DevTest Labs – Great for Building Sandbox Systems
  • Switch Off SAP Application Server AutoStart During Maintenance
  • Windows Dynamic Port Ranges
  • SAP Application Server on Azure Public Cloud
  • Network Latency on Azure
  • Azure Managed Disks
  • Resource Groups on Azure
  • SAP Hana on Azure – Azure Large Instances
  • SAP Hana on Azure – Virtual Machines
  • Azure Internal Load Balancer (ILB)
  • Multiple ASCS on a Cluster in Azure
  • SQL Server Multiple Availability Groups on Azure
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