Topologies for Sitecore Azure Deployments

Microsoft Azure is a cloud-computing platform and a framework for creating, publishing, and maintaining applications through a worldwide system operated by Microsoft. It offers content editing and content delivery from the cloud. You can pick the best mix of on-premise or cloud-based editing and delivery environments.

In cloud-computing context:

  • Content Editing environment = Editing Farm
  • Content Delivery environment = Delivery Farm

A farm is a bunch of web roles connected to a single SQL Azure instance.

There are three possible deployment topologies as per Sitecore recommendation:

  • Sitecore Azure Delivery
  • Sitecore Azure Authoring and Delivery
  • Sitecore Azure LIVE

Sitecore Azure Delivery

This topology suggests on-premise Sitecore installation for content editing that publishes to several Sitecore content delivery farms in multiple Microsoft Azure locations across the globe.

  • Content editing is done on the on-premise server.
  • Content delivery server clusters are deployed to Microsoft Azure.

A2

Sitecore Azure Authoring and Delivery

This topology explains how both the content editing and content delivery environments run in the Microsoft Azure cloud.

  • The on-premise development environment deploys the full environment (Content editing and Content delivery) to Microsoft Azure.
  • Multi-instance authoring deployment within a single Microsoft Azure location is possible to publish content to all of the other locations in Microsoft Azure.
  • Content delivery deployments are rolled out from the on-premise server and published directly from Microsoft Azure’s content editing server.

A3

Sitecore Azure LIVE

This topology is for Sitecore installation that runs in live mode. Both content editing and content delivery run on the same farm, so no publishing is required.

  • The on-premise development environment deploys the full environment (Content editing and Content delivery) to Microsoft Azure.
  • Multi-instance live-mode deployment is possible within a single farm.

A4

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