Windows Azure SQL Reporting discontinued

Windows Azure SQL Reporting was the new name of the reporting services component (which was formerly known as SQL Azure Reporting Services) that went live June 12, 2012.

However today, October 31, 2013, notification went out to current Windows Azure SQL Reporting customers that the service will be discontinued in 12 months (October 31, 2014).  Customers were directed to migrate their report instances to SQL Server Reporting Services running on Windows Azure Virtual Machines.

SQL Server Reporting Services running on Windows Azure Virtual Machines will provide customers with full native mode feature set, broader data access, and the ability to shut down VMs when not in use for greater flexibility in controlling costs.  Current customers will continue to maintain full functionality in their current SQL Reporting deployment for 12 months, while new customers will be directed to use VMs with SSRS for their Azure reporting instances.

More info:

Use PowerShell to Create a Windows Azure VM With a Native Mode Report Server

SQL Server Business Intelligence in Windows Azure Virtual Machines

Joining the Digital Dots: Windows Azure SQL Reporting ends, replaced with Windows Azure VMs running SSRS – ringed with the Azure world

Now old info:

Announcing Windows Azure SQL Reporting General Availability

Windows Azure SQL Reporting

SQL Reporting

Book Pro SQL Database for Windows Azure: SQL Server in the Cloud

Video Combining Azure and Business Intelligence

Book Windows Azure SQL Reporting Succinctly

Whitepaper: Windows Azure SQL Reporting

Video Windows Azure SQL Database and SQL Reporting for Developers

Video Microsoft SQL Azure Reporting (North America TechEd)

Video Microsoft SQL Azure Reporting (Europe TechEd)

About James Serra

James currently works for Microsoft specializing in big data and data warehousing using the Analytics Platform System (APS), a Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) architecture. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence/MDM architect and developer, specializing in the Microsoft BI stack. He is a SQL Server MVP with over 25 years of IT experience.
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