As I was catching up on the latest IT industry news, I landed on Amit’s Technology Blog. Amit (@amitpanchal76) was a delegate at this year’s Virtualization Field Day 4. I found it very cool that Amit was highlighting his visit to SolarWinds and providing his view on AppStack in his blog post, “How SolarWinds Aims to Offer a Simple Perspective – VFD4.”


In his blog, Amit says, “At the end of the day, application owners and end users only care if their application is working and healthy and don’t want to know about the many cogs and wheels that make up the health.” I’d have to say, Amit’s premise is spot on. And SolarWinds shares this vision and delivers this clear, concise value to IT admins and their end-users. The SolarWinds AppStack removes all the noise from information overload and quickly surfaces the root cause of trouble with an application from a single point of truth.


Amit also shares an AppStack use case. He believes that “AppStack will come in useful as you could simply provide a link to a custom dashboard for a particular application and let the application owner have this as their monitoring dashboard.” This customization of the monitoring, troubleshooting, and reporting dashboards to the application owner implies that the platform needs to be easy to use and easy to consume. Because, again, the app owner only cares about whether the app is working and healthy. Ease of use and ease of consumption are core tenets of the products that form AppStack. So AppStack inherits those properties by default.


As Solarwinds CTO/CIO, Joel Dolisy states, “AppStack is related to the products…such as Server & Application Monitor (SAM), Virtualization Manager (VMan), and Storage Resource Monitor (SRM).” AppStack is a natural extension of the app-centric view with connected context to all the major subsystems like compute, memory, network, and disk across the physical and virtual layers. Amit thinks this would be useful. Do you?


For background on AppStack, check out Joel’s AppStack blog post.