7 Things You Need To Know about SQL Azure Reporting

image The SQL Azure Team had a quite interesting blog back in mid-November around the newly released SQL Azure Reporting.  Here’s a summary of their nuggets about the new technology.

  1. It’s Based on SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
    SQL Azure Reporting provides a subset of the features of SSRS, therefore, the same tooling & artefacts apply:  Business Intelligence Studio, tables, widgets (e.g. gauge, charts, maps) and the result is an RDL file.
  2. Report Execution Happens in the Cloud
    The cloud is going to absorb the execution of report.
  3. SQL Azure Reporting is Part of the Windows Azure Platform
    Which means the same advantages as the rest of the platform:  scalability, quick provisioning & integration with the Azure Portal.
  4. The Data Source is SQL Azure
    This is more of a limitation than anything at the moment.  Basically the paradigm is that you run reports in the cloud against a DB in the cloud.
  5. Reports Are Exactly the Same Format
    Nothing special needs to be put in the .rdl.  It is an output of Business Intelligence Studio like any other report.
  6. There is Nothing New to Download and Install
    Again, the same toolset
  7. You Can Access SQL Azure Reporting With a Browser
    You do not need to deploy a web site and embed your reports into it (although you can):  you can view the reports directly from SQL Azure Reporting.  The reports are secured with Live ID by default.

A nice introduction to Azure SQL Reporting is the PDC 2010 Video by Nino Bice.


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