Sitecore 8.2 and the move to Azure

I was excited to see the announcement that Sitecore 8.2 has been released.  As a Sitecore MVP, I have had some early access to the platform and there are lots of great things to talk about that will warrant their own blog posts.  One thing that has not received as much press is a small indication that  Sitecore is more closely aligning with Microsoft Azure.

Sitecore 8.2 is the first version that officially supports using Microsoft Azure SQL, which is the Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering of SQL Server provided in Azure.  Up until this point, the only supported way that you could run Sitecore in Azure was either fully Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or through the Sitecore Azure module, which does provide full support for many of Sitecore’s modules.

Sitecore now ship with two options for restoring the standard databases that Sitecore provides.  The .mdf and .ldf files common to any on-premise implementation are still there, but there is  now a folder of DACPAC files utilized to deploy to Microsoft Azure SQL.  These files can be deployed to your instance in Azure either through Powershell or through the standard SQL Server Management Studio 2016.  More information on restoring these here.

Microsoft Azure SQL allows teams to focus on the application level architecture, relying on Microsoft Azure to handle scaling, backups and performance of SQL Server.

Author: Dan Persson

As the VP of Technology, Dan leads the MedTouch Product Team and is responsible for our healthcare modules for Sitecore as well as serving as a technical consultant to key clients. Dan has 15 years of experience with a variety of Content Management Software (CMS) tools and was instrumental in building the MedTouch Healthcare Accelerator Framework. He served as Technical Lead on several MedTouch award-winning sites, including The University of Kansas Hospital (Sitecore Healthcare Site of the Year Winner), Drexel Medicine (Interactive Media Awards, Hospital Best in Class 2012) and Providence Health & Services. Dan is a long-standing Sitecore certified developer and graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a B.S. in Computer Science.

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