In the first installment of the AppStack series, Joel Dolisy took you for A Lap around AppStack—providing a high level overview of the concept. Lawrence Garvin then connected the dots from a systems perspective in A Look at Systems’ Role in the AppStack. As Lawrence concluded his piece, he stated, “The complexity of the systems monitoring space is continuing to grow. Virtualization and shared storage was just the first step.” So, let’s take a look at how those and the application affect the AppStack.
Recent announcements from VMware (vSphere 6), Microsoft (Windows 10), and cloud service providers like Amazon Web Services highlight the advances made to accelerate rapid provisioning, dynamic resource scaling, and continuous application & services delivery. These capabilities extend IT consumption of anything-as-a-Service (XaaS) from on-premises to off-premises, from private cloud to public cloud, from physical to virtualization to cloud and back again.
Policy based storage aka software-defined storage is the latest trend that abstracts storage constructs from the underlying storage hardware. The objective is to port the advantages inherent to virtualization over to storage for actions involving storage capacity, performance, and utilization in order to meet Quality-of-Service (QoS) service level agreements (SLAs).
The Application is What Matters
Constantly changing variables in each layer make it more complex to manage the entire environment. The bottlenecks and trouble spots can either be virtual or physical constructs. And the only thing that matters is the application delivery and consumption. IT management is needed to monitor, troubleshoot, report on this complex and quickly changing environment. To adapt to that speed of IT and business, SolarWinds AppStack provides the context to connect these layers and quickly provide a single point of truth on any given application as SolarWinds CTO/CIO, Joel Dolisy, pointed out. And as fellow Head Geek, Lawrence Garvin, pointed out—monitoring is converging towards consolidated monitoring and comprehensive awareness of the end-user experience.
Indispensable to Software-Defined IT Professionals
All of the above make AppStack indispensable to software-defined IT professionals that make their living in multiple clouds, driving multiple container vehicles, and engineering the automation & orchestration of self-healing and auto scaling policies in their ecosystem.
For the next installment of this series, Patrick Hubbard will share his insights and experience on the AppStack concept.