Microsoft Keeps Power BI Insights Private With ExpressRoute
Customers can now explore their Power BI data using secure, private connections to Microsoft's cloud data centers.Microsoft has added its Power BI business intelligence and analytics software to the growing list of cloud products that are compatible with the company's security- and privacy-enhancing ExpressRoute service. Launched nearly two years ago, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute provides organizations with a private link between the software giant's cloud data centers and a customer's own on-premises infrastructure or colocation facilities. Using this setup, Microsoft claims security-conscious organizations can bypass the public Internet, alleviating data-snooping concerns while enjoying faster, more reliable connections that aren't subject to the traffic and network congestion issues affecting public networks. Improved security aside, the combination of Power BI and ExpressRoute can provide more responsive data exploration and insight gathering experiences for users, according to Microsoft Power BI Program Manager Amanda Cofsky. "It is a great option for companies that require premium, managed connectivity for their productivity services," she said in a statement. "You can define all aspects of your network connectivity provider’s connection from Microsoft to your users, helping ensure predictable network performance and availability."
Microsoft has also enabled Row-Level Security on organizational content packs as part of this month's updates to Power BI. The feature can be used to place restrictions on users' access to information that is held in centralized databases in accordance to their roles. This allows organizations to reuse Power BI dashboards without having to worry that their users are accessing data they shouldn't be.