It’s quite common to see end-users complaining about SharePoint being slow. It could be slow to load content, search pages, upload/download file, or any operation. Usually, it’s the website front-end where the user is facing the issue and complains about. But the root cause of the problem doesn’t always necessarily lie on the web front-end. Whether it’s SharePoint or another web application for that matter, a deep-rooted infrastructure performance issue in the web application layer, or the database, or the underlying physical/virtual server environment could be the actual source of the problem. Let’s not forget about storage. A performance issue in the storage layer—whether it is server disk volume or external NAS/SAN array—could directly impact all the way up to the web application and impact end-user experience, as well as business continuity.
One of the main challenges IT pros have today is absence of centralized visibility into all these layers. While it is possible (time-consuming though) for IT admins to check each component of the IT stack one by one, the smart way would be to have comprehensive visibility across the various layers in one view.
SolarWinds AppStack dashboard can really help solve these problems. AppStack consolidates performance insight and monitoring data from four SolarWinds IT management products (SAM, WPM, VMan and SRM) and presents the data in one view, which is in the form of an application dependency map—allowing you to see how various infrastructure entities are connected to one another, all the way from website transactions to applications, databases, physical and virtual servers and storage systems. From a single dashboard, you can centrally monitor the health and performance of all these components speeding up problem detection and troubleshooting.
Check out the infographic below: visually it explains how the AppStack dashboard works and how you can simplify performance monitoring and troubleshooting of your IT infrastructure. In the example, we have taken the example of a slow SharePoint transaction alert received on the website front-end, and show how AppStack helps you analyze the application layer (horizontally across the stack), and underlying physical and virtualized environments (vertically down the stack) until you arrive at the root cause.
Download the full infographic at the end of the blog.
Note: AppStack is NOT a separate product. It’s available as a built-in dashboard as part of each of these products—SAM, WPM, VMan, and SRM. You can benefit from AppStack even when you are using these products individually. But when integrated, the collective insight across all IT layers will simplify IT troubleshooting significantly.