Sitecore xDB Cloud 2.0 – Useful Terminologies

In earlier, blog post we discussed the basics of xDB Cloud, some of the advantages and disadvantages of using xDB Cloud. Now it’s time to jump on the battle field to configure the xDB Cloud on the local environment. But before moving ahead to configuration and connection, let’s walk through few terminologies which will help you understand each and every configuration very well throughout the setup.

  • The xDB Cloud Set – a set of cloud services and connected databases that implement on-premise xDB functionality off-premise in the cloud. This functionality includes the ability to collect and process experience data, as well as contact search and segmentation. In a simple word, It is the set of databases like analytics, tracking.live, tracking.history, tracking.contact, analytics.cloud.index which you generally found in your connectionstring.config.

  • LicenseId – It refers to the Id of your Sitecore license. It will be required while doing Rest API calls which you will see in future blog posts.

  • DeploymentId – Every xDB Cloud set assigned a DeploymentId. Id using which you identify the different set/role. For ex: If we have purchased two xDB Cloud set one for Stag and one for Prod than we will have to correspond DeploymentId. For ex: XYZSTAG01, XYZPROD01. This will be very helpful along with LicenseId while making Rest API call for various purposes.

  • DeploymentType – Type of the xDB Cloud set, either Prod or Non-Prod.  Generally, you don’t need to specify the Deployment Type anywhere. Prod type won’t have reporting related to dataset.

  • SitecoreVersion – The Sitecore version, on which a site is running. There will be little change in configuration based on Sitecore version. We will consider Sitecore Experience Platform 8.1 rev. 160519 (8.1 Update-3) for rest of the blog series.

  • XdbCloudVersion – Version of the Xdb Cloud. Xdb Cloud 1.0/2.0 are available. Based on which Cloud set you have, it requires different configuration.

  • xDB Cloud Client – A package responsible for copying required xDB Cloud DLLs and Config files when installing. It will be different based on Sitecore Version and XdbCloudVersion.

  • XdbConnectionStrings – Connectionstring for all analytics databases like analytics, tracking.contact, tracking.history, tracking.live, analytics.cloud.index etc.

  • ReportingServiceUri – You cannot access reporting SQL database directly in Cloud. You have to access it using a service. So, service for reporting called ReportingServiceUri needed to be updated in one of the config files for xDB Cloud.

  • ReportingServiceCertificate – It is a certificate id provided by Sitecore Support or Rest API, which is required to securely talk with reporting service. It also needed to update in config along with ServiceUri.

Knowing these terms will give you a better understanding of overall xDB Cloud set. And you are now eligible for the configuration and connection which will take place in next blog post.

Go Cloud 🙂

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