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Power BI Architecture Diagram v3 is Now Available!

Over the past couple weeks there has been a ton of news and announcements around the direction Microsoft is taking Power BI. Between Power BI Premium and Power BI Report Server, my head has been spinning trying to stay educated on all the new changes and enhancements. With all these announcements, it was definitely time to update my Power BI architecture diagram to reflect the addition of Power BI Premium and Power BI Report Server.

Here’s how to install and set up Power BI Report Server (Preview)

I’ve made a few changes in v3 of the Power BI architecture diagram.

Power BI architecture diagram
Power BI architecture diagram

Download the Power BI Architecture Diagram here (.pdf & .png files).

First, I decided to get rid of the legend on the right that explained each point of the architecture. I’m going to include this in a related document for those that wish to use the legend. I did this for a couple reasons. One, I’m not sure anyone used it. If you did, let me know and maybe that will motivate me to include the legend file sooner. And two, I needed some more real-estate in the diagram so it had to go.

Secondly, I included Power BI Premium and Power BI Embedded within the umbrella of the Power BI graphic in the middle of the screen to represent the new services. Prior to this diagram, Power BI Embedded was not mentioned and after the announcement of Power BI Premium bringing the Embedded functionality, I decided to include it here.

I updated the diagram to include the on-premises deployment of Power BI with Power BI Report Server.

I also included another icon to the right of the Power BI service to represent a custom application running Power BI Embedded content.

I hope you find this helpful and that it’s useful as a resource for your learning and work. As always, if you have any feedback or comments feel free to leave a comment down below!

SQL with Dustin Ryan

Dustin Ryan is a Data Platform Solution Architect on the Education Specialist Team Unit at Microsoft. Dustin has worked in the business intelligence and data warehousing field since 2008, has spoken at community events such as Code Camp, SQL Saturday, SQL Rally, and PASS Summit, and has a wide range of experience using the Microsoft business intelligence stack of products across multiple industries. Prior to his time at Microsoft, Dustin worked as a business intelligence consultant and trainer for Pragmatic Works, a Microsoft partner. Dustin is also an author, contributor and technical editor of books such as Applied Microsoft Business Intelligence, Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services with MDX and DAX, and others. You can learn more about Dustin at http://SQLDusty.com.


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