Azure SQL Reporting goes live. Finally we have started taking our core assets into the cloud.
Summary: Microsoft’s reporting services for Azure is finally generally available.
Microsoft’s announcement of its Windows Azure spring update included a lot of moving parts. One that didn’t get as much attention as it deserved was the the general availability of reporting services for the Azure cloud.
Windows Azure SQL Reporting is the new name of the reporting services component (which was formerly known as SQL Azure Reporting Services).
With the new service, developers can use the Business Intelligence Development Studio and SQL Server Data Tools to author reports, the same way they can with SQL Server Reporting Services on Windows Server. Users can export reports to file formats including Excel, Word, HTML, PDF, XML, and CSV, according to a June 12 post on the Microsoft BI blog.
Until August 1, the new reporting service is available for free; after that, it will be .88 per hour per reporting instance.”SQL Reporting on Azure offers a fully backed SLA (Service Level Agreement) and enables you to publish reports to the cloud or embed reports directly within on-premises applications that can be accessed via your browser, mobile devices or desktops,” the blog post noted.
Microsoft announced plans for SQL Azure Reporting Services in the fall of 2010. The service has been available to testers since then, but didn’t reach the general availability milestone until last week.
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