Power BI Report Server is similar to SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). Power BI Report Server is on premises, and hosts paginated reports in addition to the Power BI features. There are several types of reports
- Paginated (standard SSRS type reports)
- Interactive (PowerBI Desktop)
- Analytical (Excel)
PowerBI Pro enables sharing and collaboration with the following features
- Build dashboards that deliver a 360-degree, real-time view of the business
- Keep data up-to-date automatically, including on-premises sources
- Collaborate on shared data
- Audit and govern how data is accessed and used
- Package content and distribute to users with app
There is increased functionality within PowerBI Pro. A comparison between the free PowerBI desktop edition and Pro version is in the table below. Only Pro users can publish content to app workspaces, consume apps without Premium capacity, share dashboards and subscribe to dashboards and reports. Free users can connect to all data sources using connectivity options such as DirectQuery, live connection and use the data gateway.
Licensing Power BI Report Server
Power BI Report Server is available in two different license modes:
A Power BI Premium license enables creation of a hybrid deployment (cloud and on-premises).
The session delivered by Isabelle Van Campenhoudt at SQL Saturday Cambridge shared this useful capacity planning paper. It is based on the sample Power BI Report Server topology using virtual machines.