With Sitecore 9, there’s been a ton of changes when it comes to infrastructure.  With more first-party love for Azure, the entire PaaS model has become more front-and-center.  What does this mean from a third party software point of view?  Here’s a few quick takeaways:


  • Solr is a baseline, due to security reasons. Is Lucene out?  There are configs available…but don’t trust it, imo.
  • Azure Search has first party support!


  • xDB support does not include Mongo as of 9.0 Tech Preview, and we’ve been told it won’t be supported in 9.0 GA.  With that said, Sitecore did note it would be coming “shortly after” release of GA.  Not sure on timing
  • Other DB Providers are supported. MSSQL 2016 is out of the box.  That’s right…you can do all your analytics gathering, processing, and reporting without ever leaving MSSQL.
  • Other DB Providers aside from MSSQL are here too:  Cosmos DB, Azure SQL, and Azure Document DB.


  • HTTPS is now the preferred method of architecture, including Solr connectivity.  This helps support the Encryption-Everywhere approach.


  • Installation is now Cloud-first with Powershell support in form of the Sitecore Install Framework (SIF).

That’s not all. Keep your eyes peeled for more info as it becomes available during Symposium

This entry is part of my series "Nine on Nine" which is a "quick peek" at nine new things in Sitecore 9.  I've been messing a bit with the Technical Preview, and there's lots of exciting stuff to share.  Some of these might change a little in regards to General Availability, but hopefully not too much... These posts won't cover everything in depth, as I hope to do more detailed analysis in the coming months. Other Entries in Nine on Nine
  1. Connecting to Sitecore Rocks
  2. Controlling Configuration Load Order
  3. Dynamic Placeholders
  4. Server Role Configuration
  5. Sitecore Forms
  6. Switching Search Providers
  7. SIF and HTTPS Everywhere
  8. Using Set in Configuration Files
  9. Infrastructure Software changes
There's more than just nine new things.  XConnect is a huge change to how data is collected.  Cloud-first support is another big thing.  Look to the official RSS Community Blog Feed, check out the Sitecore Slack Channel, hit up the Sitecore Stack Exchange or leave the Official Forums for more information.  It's a great time to be a Sitecore Developer! Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmail