Extending Sitecore using serverless architectures

Our universe is expanding, literally. But that also goes for both the Sitecore topology and the Azure stack. In this blog I want to take you on a trip through our Cloud galaxy to show you how you can manage this increased complexity and how you can leverage the potential of these new Azure services …

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Azure Gateway for Sitecore

Strong ciphers & SSL termination without ASE Multiple recent pen tests have shown us that Azure Web Apps by default do not support the (strong) SSL ciphers we desire. Not willing to make the jump to the Application Service Environment (ASE) right away, we decided to try and secure our Web Apps using an Application …

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Watch Robbie go headless

Lately, a few colleagues and me were brainstorming about a new concept for a customer, discovering new capabilities, and tinkering about innovations and how they could change the interaction with their users. It isn’t a new topic at all, but what if we could remove most of the user interface and focus on only those …

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Integrated DevOps

Integrated DevOps with Azure, Git, PowerShell & Slack At the Sitecore Symposium 2018 edition I hosted a session about how to optimize the DevOps process around your automated deployments using Azure DevOps, demoing how we got our development environment to the next level of maturity, increasing the developer productivity and fun of our Sitecore software …

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Sitecore Azure scripts update

My colleague Anton Kuryan revamped my Azure scripts, removing duplicate code and adding several new features. Check out https://github.com/robhabraken/Sitecore-Azure-Scripts for the latest version! One parameterized PowerShell script When I first wrote these scripts, I used the Sitecore templates as a starting point, creating multiple folders for the different setups single, double and full (referring to …

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Can you be my friend, Robbie?

Last week, Bas Lijten and I presented at the Sitecore Symposium 2017 in Las Vegas about our ‘Futuristic Showcase of the Omni-channel Capabilities of Sitecore XP’. We have shown the audience the power of Sitecore’s omni-channel marketing capabilities and what you can do with adding Microsoft Cognitive Services and Internet-of-Things into the game! We did …

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Azure templates update

Since we’re using ARM style provisioning and Sitecore deployments for a while now at Colours, it’s time for an update. First of all, because there were some changes per Sitecore 8.2 Update 3, and secondly, because we have improved our scripts and want to share a few learnings. Check out the new scripts and templates …

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Saving costs by scaling down

Most of us who already experimented with Sitecore 8.2 Update 1 running on Web Apps have noticed that the default provisioning consumes quite some Azure credits. A bit too much maybe, at least for¬†Research & Development purposes. So, to save some costs, I started looking into downscaling options.¬†Of course, you can simply provision a CM-only …

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Sitecore 8.2-1 on Azure Web Apps

Following my blog post on Azure right after the Sitecore Symposium, I now finally can share the actual provisioning of a Sitecore deployment running on Azure Web Apps! Earlier this week, Sitecore released its new version 8.2 Update 1, which contains a lot of fresh Sitecore & Azure goodness (maybe even more than the Initial …

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Isolated feature testing in a Sitecore Docker Container

Earlier this year, I spoke about running Sitecore in a Docker Container for testing purposes on a Sitecore User Group meeting in the Netherlands, together with my colleagues Raymond Clemens and Roel Snetselaar. We formed a team at the Colours Hackathon 2016, spending almost 24 hours figuring out Docker and building out our very cool …

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