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Appstack Environment

Updated: September 18, 2018

The Application Stack, or AppStack, is a term used to describe the various layers that make up a complex application delivery infrastructure. The AppStack Environment view is an interactive visual mapping within Orion that provides an in-depth perspective through the entire environment to help identify the root cause of performance and availability issues.

AppStack provides a powerful layer of troubleshooting visibility by automatically gathering details about objects in your environment, as well as their respective relationships, and displaying them. Some relationships, such as groups and dependencies can be defined by the user. This view is useful in assessing the overall health of your environment, as well as troubleshooting specific and related problems.

To help you understand how you can use AppStack for troubleshooting, the following analogy offers a simple, high-level overview of how AppStack processes and displays information. You can also check out a Product Blog about using WPM and AppStack in the SolarWinds online IT community, THWACK.

The AppStack Environment analogy

Imagine you work for a company comprised of many employees that work in various departments. In this example, you work in the Engineering department as an engineer:

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Now imagine you call in sick and are unable to work for two weeks. Certain employees in various departments will be affected by your absence. Others will not be affected. The illustration below highlights the employees who will be affected by your absence by fading those who are not affected.

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Focusing on only the people who are affected by your absence can be beneficial from a task management perspective. Hiding those not affected by your absence gives a clean and concise view, displaying only the necessary information.

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Now, instead of employees, imagine we are referring to your entire IT environment. The goal of the AppStack Environment view is to help you quickly assess the impact a given object has on its related objects. This relational view is the AppStack Environment view found in the Orion Web Console.

The AppStack Environment view

To access the AppStack Environment view in the Orion Web Console, click My Dashboards > Environment.

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The AppStack Environment view displays the status of individual objects in your IT environment. Objects are categorized and ordered from left to right, with the worst status shown on the left side of the view.

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Click an object to show everything related to that object by fading unrelated objects, as shown next.

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Click Spotlight to remove faded, unrelated objects from the view entirely.

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Click an object at the top, or double-click an object in the view, to open the object's Details page for further investigation.

You can Customize the AppStack Environment view and also Add AppStack to a NOC view.

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