Terms and concepts

Current version: 8.2


Sitecore Commerce powered by Microsoft Dynamics AX. This is the combined Sitecore and Microsoft Dynamics AX solution.


Sitecore Commerce powered by Commerce Server

CD Server

Content Delivery Sever is a Sitecore server role, which is responsible for serving up published content from the Web database.

CM Server

Content Management Sever is a Sitecore server role, which is responsible for serving unpublished content from the Master database.

Processing Server

A server role that is part of the xDB deployment. This is used to aggregate engagement data and optionally hold user session state.

Reporting Server

A server role, which is part of the xDB deployment, used to serve up aggregated engagement data.

Master database

A Sitecore database used to store unpublished content.

Web database

A Sitecore database used to store published data.

Core database

A database shared between master and web that is used to store various settings, applications, templates, and user account data.

Config file

Files with a “.config” extension found under the \Website\App_Config\ folder of a Sitecore instance. These files contain settings and pipelines for various Sitecore and custom modules.

Config patching

The ability or override or insert settings into another Sitecore config file without manually modifying the target. More details can be found in the Include File Patching Facilities Guide.

Commerce Server Site

Different from an IIS or Sitecore Website. A Commerce Server Site is a collection of Commerce Server resources. For example, Catalog, Profile, Orders, and Marketing, which can be used by multiple Sitecore websites.

Commerce Server PuP Package

PuP (Package UnPackage) packages are a way to package up and move Commerce Server resources and data.

Commerce Server Resources

A Commerce Server resource is another name of a Commerce Server sub system, such as Profiles, Catalog, Orders, or Marketing.


Commerce Server Staging.

Sitecore XP

A short name for the Sitecore Experience Platform.

BizTalk ( BTS)

BizTalk Server is Microsoft's central platform for Enterprise Application Integration (EAI).

Delivery network

The network that contains the external facing websites and roles. For example, CD role

Internal network

The network that contains the authoring environment and roles. For example, CM and Reporting


Enterprise Application Integration is the use of software and computer systems' architectural principles to integrate a set of enterprise computer applications.


Extract Transform Load. A generic term used to describe the extraction of data from a system, the result of which is transformed and then imported into another system.

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