Enterprise-grade hybrid connectivity using the on-premises data gateway

This release includes multiple updates around improving the on-premises data gateway.

On-premises data gateway supports custom connectors

Earlier this year, we announced support for custom connectors in Power BI Desktop, leveraging the powerful capabilities of the M language allowing partners to write their own connectors and distribute them to every Power BI user.

Custom connectors support in the gateway allows users to have their reports that they built with custom connectors stay up to date on the Power BI service by refreshing the data through the on-premises data gateway.

Custom connectors support in the on-premises data gateway

Guarantee high availability of gateways via clustering

The high availability capabilities in the on-premises data gateway that we released in November 2017 are transitioning from public preview to general availability. Part of this effort includes multiple experience improvements, especially around better error reporting.

Improved Kerberos single sign-on support

We will support multiple domains in our SSO implementation.

Improved Kerberos single sign-on support

SAML-based single sign-on for supported data sources

Last year we added Kerberos single sign-on support to the gateway for multiple sources, including SQL Server, SAP HANA, and Teradata.

This period we plan to continue investments in single sign-on support by adding support to SAML-based single sign-on scenarios for supported data sources.

Improved data source settings experience

We plan to improve the data sources creation experience on the "Manage Gateways" page in the Power BI service by adding some of the highly requested capabilities, such as the ability to rename data sources. Additional features can be requested and voted on at https://ideas.powerbi.com.

Tenant level administration of on-premises data gateway

We intend to add the ability for tenant administrators to manage all the on-premises data gateways in their tenant through both an API and the user interface.

Basic traffic load balancing in the on-premises data gateway

We plan to introduce the ability to split the requests traffic for a given gateway cluster across all gateways in that cluster. The gateway administrator will be able to turn this capability on and off according to their organization's needs.