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It was already announced since the end of 2020 that there would be an update in Power BI Premium capacities. After being in preview for some time, “Generation 2” or “Gen2” short, as the new version is called, is now generally available.

But what is the difference to the current Power BI Premium and what is going to change?

What exactly is Power BI Premium Gen2?

Gen2 is a re-architecture of the existing Power BI Premium capacity. This redesign results in a few changes that are important for the end user and the administrator of the Premium Capacity.

The previous Power BI Premium capacity was the same as renting a physical server. For example, when I rented a P1 capacity, I would get 8 CPU cores and 25

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In yesterday’s poston the Power BI Blog, Microsoft announced the upcoming Power BI Premium for individual users.

The advantages of Power BI Premium compared to a normal Pro Account are quite clear: 48 refreshes per data set per day compared to 8 refreshes with the Pro License, automated machine learning possibilities, cognitive services, the up to 16 times better performance (according to Microsoft) and the significantly higher limit for the size of data sets offer among others a huge added value.

Premium up to now only affordable for large companies

The problem so far is that Power BI Premium starts at 4’995 USD – noted per month. This corresponds to the financial expense of about