Umbraco on private Azure cloud

ClerksWell develop and implement best of breed Web Content Management Systems. We are a leading Sitecore and Umbraco partner and use the platform to meet our clients' requirements and their customers' needs. We use business intelligence and digital marketing consultancy to enhance our clients' businesses.


  • Easily managed content
  • Publishing workflows
  • Built in security features
  • Multilingual
  • Real time personalisation
  • Out of the box systems integration
  • Upgrades and patches
  • Content Management Systems training
  • Digital marketing features- marketing automation, A/B testing, campaign management
  • Real time analytics to improve customer's journey on the website


  • User friendly CMS does not require technical knowledge
  • Make sure content is approve internally before it is published
  • Best practise security features come as standard
  • Have a multilingual website with out of the box CMS
  • Engage visitors with targeted content specific to their interests
  • Integrate websites with intranets, CRMs, Ecommerce, and multiple BA tools
  • Follow the upgrade path so you have the latest functionality
  • Flexible, tailored and highly effective approach to training content editors
  • Manage campaigns, run tests and social networks on one platform
  • Qualitative insight into the behaviour of visitors to your website


£650 to £1000 per person per day

  • Education pricing available

Service documents


G-Cloud 11

Service ID

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Nina Anderson


Service scope

Software add-on or extension
Cloud deployment model
Public cloud
Service constraints
System requirements
An account on Umbraco’s SaaS service

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
• Urgent items- Immediate
• High items- 2 hours
• Medium- 16 hours
• Low – agreed on a case by case basis

• Support will be available from 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday (excluding any UK public or bank holidays).
• Support can be provided for out of hours’ deployments. These must be pre-arranged.
• Any request for services on a 24/7 basis can be provided with prior agreement on level of emergency and will be covered at a specific rate outside of this SLA.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Online ticketing support accessibility
None or don’t know
Phone support
Phone support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support
Onsite support
Onsite support
Support levels
Our support offering is very flexible and completely tailored to our customers’ requirements. We have clearly delineated support levels based on the priority rating of the issues (this is decided by the customer).
Our support costs are dictated by the hours required and are based on our standard day rate. If 24/7, weekend support, or simply an extension of our standard 9-5 support hours we will arrange this based on the individual requirement of the customer.
• Support will be available from 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday (excluding any UK public or bank holidays).
• Support can be provided for out of hours’ deployments. These must be pre-arranged.
• Any request for services on a 24/7 basis can be provided with prior agreement on level of emergency and will be covered at a specific rate outside of this SLA.
Every project has a project team composed of an Account Manager, Project Manager, Digital consultant, and Technical Lead.
Support available to third parties

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
We create peer-reviewed documentation during the project so it is available for the customer prior to them performing their User Acceptance Testing (UAT). Documents provided include:
• User Guide –a comprehensive guide targeted at Sitecore or Umbraco content editors and administrators. This is a guide to creating content on the website we have built specifically for the University. It presumes the content editors have some Sitecore or Umbraco experience or training, although a web literate person could learn from a standing start using the guide.
• Classroom exercises – content entry and Sitecore or Umbraco exercises to support classroom training sessions.
• Technical Specification – this is created at the start of the project and will be provided to the customer. It will also include documentation of interfaces/integrations with other systems, configurations and any other technical aspects that should be written down.
We provide classroom and one-on-one training courses:
• Administrator training – targeted at super users/administrators and will cover administrative activities in Sitecore or Umbraco- such as user maintenance, housekeeping, security etc.
• Content editor training – targeted at anyone who will maintain content on the system. It will be supported by the “classroom exercises” document referred to above.
Service documentation
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
End-of-contract data extraction
Everything which we build belongs to the user. We claim no ownership over the code or data .
End-of-contract process
We require three months’ notice to change or end a contract.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Supported browsers
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari 9+
  • Opera
Application to install
Compatible operating systems
  • Linux or Unix
  • MacOS
  • Windows
Designed for use on mobile devices
Differences between the mobile and desktop service
Mobile functionality is all based in the design of the website. We are a mobile first agency and design for mobile by default.
Service interface
What users can and can't do using the API
The Umbraco and Sitecore CMS systems have built-in APIs which allow external systems to access their content storage. These are generally used as a convenient way to allow external systems to have read access to website content, commonly for integrating with mobile apps or other external systems that need to present the same content. However, they can also be used to write or update content as well. These APIs are REST or SOAP based, and are fairly generic.
Both Umbraco and Sitecore allow you to build customised APIs using .Net code. This allows you to tailor an API to your specific business requirements. These can be built using any .Net technology for implementing APIs and can potentially expose any CMS feature to external systems.
If Microsoft Azure is used as the hosting platform for your website deployment, then this also exposes an API which can be used for infrastructure management. This is generally accessed via Microsoft’s PowerShell scripting language, but REST endpoints are also available. Depending on your deployment strategy, this API can be used for anything from managing billing to deploying new servers and sites, as the entire Azure platform is scriptable.
API documentation
API documentation formats
  • PDF
  • Other
API sandbox or test environment
Customisation available
Description of customisation
Umbraco can be customised and extended by buyers at any point. It is effectively a tool box which is used by developers to build website features and functionality.


Independence of resources
The Microsoft Azure infrastructure underlying the content management system handles resource balancing. Based on the particular types of virtual machine deployed and their internal algorithms for traffic routing and site isolation, the datacentre systems Azure provide ensure that sites remain independent.


Service usage metrics
Metrics types
The platforms we use sit on the Azure platform, which has some analytics built in. Additionally ClerksWell build websites which can track and be optimised for Search Engine Optimisation, with meta data fields built so content editors have complete control.

Users can get accurate Google Analytics, web trends and many more common 3rd party analytics packages.

Reports can be provided which cover site usage and load as well as performance for search terms and website findability all the way through to engagement on the website so you can see the value to your business of each visit to your website.
Reporting types
Reports on request


Supplier type
Reseller providing extra features and support
Organisation whose services are being resold
Umbraco and Sitecore

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Other security clearance
Government security clearance
Up to Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)

Asset protection

Knowledge of data storage and processing locations
Data storage and processing locations
  • United Kingdom
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • EU-US Privacy Shield agreement locations
User control over data storage and processing locations
Datacentre security standards
Complies with a recognised standard (for example CSA CCM version 3.0)
Penetration testing frequency
At least once a year
Penetration testing approach
‘IT Health Check’ performed by a CHECK service provider
Protecting data at rest
  • Physical access control, complying with SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
  • Encryption of all physical media
Data sanitisation process
Data sanitisation type
Deleted data can’t be directly accessed
Equipment disposal approach
Complying with a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v.30, CAS (Sanitisation) or ISO/IEC 27001

Data importing and exporting

Data export approach
Everything which we build belongs to the user. We claim no ownership over the code or data .
Data export formats
  • CSV
  • ODF
Data import formats
  • CSV
  • ODF

Data-in-transit protection

Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
  • Legacy SSL and TLS (under version 1.2)
Data protection within supplier network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • Legacy SSL and TLS (under version 1.2)

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
Microsoft’s Azure infrastructure provides at least 99.9% guarantees for the infrastructure and services it provides. The uptime guarantees are managed automatically by the Azure infrastructure. It provides automatic replication (and optionally geo-replication) of all stored data to prevent downtime from hardware failures, and the infrastructure fabric can silently switch between locations for data if issues are detected.
Services deployed using PaaS techniques can be configured to automatically swap in and out instances which are not behaving optimally. This allows a guarantee of 99.95% for availability.
Deployment via IaaS techniques, where the service is deployed into multiple “availability groups” is guaranteed to have 99.95% uptime for virtual machines.
For some Azure services, clients can opt to pay for a higher availability tier if they wish. This is commonly 99.95% but may vary depending on the services in question.
Any deployment built on top of Azure (IaaS, PaaS for Sitecore or UaaS) takes advantage of these features. However these guarantees apply to the underlying infrastructure only – the software running on top of the infrastructure (ie Sitecore or Umbraco) is not directly guaranteed by Microsoft .
Approach to resilience
Microsoft Azure’s infrastructure has been built specifically with resilience in mind. The “Azure Fabric” services which manage the system have a variety of features built in which work to ensure that the services provided by Azure are as resilient as possible.
All data in Azure’s storage layer is replicated in triplicate in a data centre. This ensures that the loss of individual drives or racks does not cause the loss of data. When a deployment is configured, it is also possible to add geo-replication of data. This ensures that all data is kept in triplicate in a second physical data centre as well.
When infrastructure such as virtual machines is deployed, they can be configured in “availability groups” where multiple VMs serve the same site. This allows the failure of one machine to be covered by the remaining machines until errors are addressed.
With platform-as-a-service deployments, the individual “workers” in a deployment are effectively disposable. The infrastructure underlying the service is able to create and destroy them as necessary. This means that if a hardware or software failure causes some to stop working correctly they can be replaced from Azure’s pool of free resources automatically and quickly.
Outage reporting
Reports can be accessed via a public dashboard.

Identity and authentication

User authentication needed
User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
The Azure infrastructure, and deployments of Sitecore and Umbraco on top of it support role-based security. Administrators can define in granular terms which features and resources a particular authenticated user is allowed access too. Groups can be defined to standardise the application of collections of roles if required.
For Azure the roles control all aspects of the management process – what functions can be performed and what resources can be accessed for a particular subscription.
Umbraco and Sitecore provide security in their content management UIs, which can restrict users to particular regions of content or particular management functions.
Access restriction testing frequency
At least once a year
Management access authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long user audit data is stored for
Access to supplier activity audit information
Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for
How long system logs are stored for

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001
Microsoft's third-party accreditiation body
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date
Accreditation is done annually
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover
The Azure infrastructure used for deployments is covered by this accreditation, but details of any aspects not covered are not available.
ISO 28000:2007 certification
CSA STAR certification
CSA STAR accreditation date
October 2016
CSA STAR certification level
Level 3: CSA STAR Certification
What the CSA STAR doesn’t cover
Azure is covered by the certification. Anything out side of Azure is not covered.
PCI certification
Other security certifications
Any other security certifications
Cyber Essentials Certificate

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
Security governance certified
Security governance standards
CSA CCM version 3.0
Information security policies and processes
Owners are designated for all critical components. These systems and assets are fully documented and have defined security requirements around change management. These include an audit trail and a reporting structure through each business unit to the board where risks are discussed before any production changes. Employees are held accountable to breaches of these agreed procedures.

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach
All code in development is held securely within a version controlled source control system (Visual Studio Team Services). All code goes through an internal review process before being released to a quality assurance environment. Once there is it subjected to further review and security testing before release to the production environment.
Vulnerability management type
Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach
The product is built on the Microsoft and Azure platforms and ClerksWell actively monitors official and unofficial channels for threats to those platforms and the protocols around them. When a threat is assessed that impacts the website, patches can be deployed as soon as a mitigation is available.
Protective monitoring type
Protective monitoring approach
Potential compromises would be detected via the built-in monitoring technology for the systems involved. Unexpected increases in load on servers, unexpected errors in log files, unexpected audit data or files on disk and site performance decreases are all indications that we would follow-up on. In all cases our response will be a detailed examination, to determine the cause, ensure we understand what follow-up is required and report back to the client. Response times will follow our agreed SLA with the client.
Incident management type
Incident management approach
Defined processes exist for responses to outages and compromises (real or suspected). These processes are rehearsed on a regular basis. Users report incidents via a helpdesk or direct communication with a named customer services representative depending on the severity of the problem. Customer incident reports are provided via the helpdesk.

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Supplier-defined process

Public sector networks

Connection to public sector networks


£650 to £1000 per person per day
Discount for educational organisations
Free trial available

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