Check out The Latest News about Power BI Premium

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posted by Alix
on Sep 15, 2017

On June 12, 2017, Microsoft finally announced the general availability of Power BI Premium. This new extension of the famous data visualization tool promises profitable changes to the Power Bi model for large businesses. Solving sharing issues and enabling businesses to work with a larger data volume, the Premium tier of Power BI is the additional license big businesses are looking to acquire.

Before introducing Premium’s new functionalities, pricing details, and overall benefits, let’s quickly recap Power BI’s pre-existing licenses.There are two licensing models: the Free and the Pro. Both versions permit users to model data and create reports. Power BI Free suits users who need personal reporting and allows them to share content on public sites only. The Pro license targets more specific users as it offers a larger data size limit, and it enables the sharing and publishing of on-premise reports to groups and organizations without restrictions.

The main differences between the licenses are listed in the table below:

  POWER BI FREE  POWER BI PRO 
CAPACITY LIMIT  1GB / user  10GB /user 
PRICE  FREE  $9.99 / user / month 
DATA REFRESH  Once a day  8 times a day 
DATA STREAMING SUPPORT  10k rows / hours  Unlimited 
DATA SHARING (CREATE AND PUBLISH, SHARE CONTENT TO GROUPS)  NO (only on public websites)  YES 

What are the benefits of moving to Power BI Premium? 

Power BI Premium

If you are working in a large-scale company, the cost for using Power BI within your expanding business can grow exponentially. Rather than providing a per-user license, Power BI Premium provides a user capacity for your organization. Although you still need a Pro license to share reports, all Power BI users will be able to consult the data stored on the Premium shared space without each needing a Pro license to do so. This new model adjusts for too low data size limits and saves large businesses money by limiting the number of Pro licenses requiring purchase.  

In short, instead of focusing the service on individual users, Power BI Premium targets organizations. 

How does pricing work? 

Power BI Premium is an “additional” licensing plan to add to your existing plan. You will be paying for a capacity and for Pro licenses. 

There are three capacity options available, and each one is associated with a price on top of which you will need to add the Pro licenses necessary for your group or organization: 

  POWER BI PREMIUM P1  POWER BI PREMIUM P2  POWER BI PREMIUM P3 
VIRTUAL CORES  8  16  32 
BACKEND CORES RAM  25 GB  50 GB  100 GB 
MONTHLY COST  $4.995  $9.995  $19.995 


Although the entry price may seem steep, the Premium solution can save large businesses an impressive amount of funds in the long-term. Purchasing data storage and a few Pro licenses will ultimately cost less than buying a Pro license for every employee because even employees who rarely consult data will need that license to do so.   

Is Power BI Premium worth the price? 

Power BI Premium

If you have 100 employees with 20 frequent Power BI users needing a Pro license, the Premium extension will not be a good option for your business since the starting price of the solution is $4,999. Purchasing Pro licenses for 20 employees or even 100 employees will still be more affordable than investing in the Power BI Premium plan. 

On the other hand, if your business includes over 4,000 employees with 600 Pro users using Power BI on a daily basis and 3,200 users only consuming final reports, the Premium option can significantly reduce your overall costs. Instead of buying Pro licenses for 4,000 employees at $9,99 each ($39,960 in total), it is in your organization’s best interest to purchase 600 Pro licenses for frequent users ($5,994) and Premium data storage for the remaining users ($14,985 total, including 3 P1 capacity), bringing the total amount to $20,976. In this case, you could save $18,984 by going with Power BI Premium. 

The decision to go Premium – or not – is largely dependent upon your company’s structure, size,  and needs. You can find all the pricing details directly on the Power BI Premium Calculator. 

Then, are you ready to go Premium? 

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