Microsoft announce changes to their Power BI Service as they introduce Power BI Premium

Following the success of its Power BI service, Microsoft has unveiled a new licensing option for Power BI, ‘Power BI Premium’ that offers organisations more user licensing flexibility along with performance-tuning options.

Power BI Premium is based on the capacity-based licensing model that increases flexibility for how users access, share and distribute content. It also offers additional scalability and performance to the Power BI service. Read about the advantages of using the new Power PI Premium service below.

* Flexibility to license by capacity. Power BI Premium introduces expanded licensing flexibility to help organizations equip users with the appropriate level of access to the Power BI service based on their unique needs. 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 Power BI Pro users to publish reports broadly across the enterprise and beyond, without requiring recipients to be licensed per user.

* Greater scale and performance. Organisations using Power BI Premium will be able to customize performance based on the needs of their team, department or the organization itself. The offering consists of capacity in the Power BI service exclusively allocated to each organization and supported by dedicated hardware fully managed by Microsoft. Organizations can choose to apply their dedicated capacity broadly, or allocate it to assigned workspaces based on the number of users, workload needs or other factors—and scale up or down as requirements change. A calculator is available to help with capacity planning.

* Extending on-premises capabilities. Power BI Premium introduces the ability to maintain BI assets on-premises with Power BI Report Server. Power BI Report Server is 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 the 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.

What about the free Power BI service?

Just as Power BI Premium simplifies large-scale BI deployments, Microsoft are also simplifying the distinction between Power BI Pro and the free service. Going forward, Microsoft will improve the free service to have the same functionality as Power BI Pro, however they will limit sharing and collaboration features to only Power BI Pro users. Users of the free Power BI service will benefit from access to all data sources, increased workspace storage limits, and higher refresh and streaming rates.

Would you like to understand how these new changes will affect you? As a Microsoft Gold Partner for Data Platform and Analytics and a Cloud Platform partner, Simpson Associates have the necessary skills and experience to help. Find out more about our Microsoft BI Consultancy Services here or contact us to discuss your current requirements and book a demonstration.

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