Monitor your environment using AppStack

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

The AppStack automatically gathers information about objects in your environment, as well as their respective relationships, and displays them in a customizable view. Some relationships, such as groups and dependencies, can be customized.

The AppStack environment supports both physical and virtual node types.

The AppStack is different from the PerfStack that you can use to build custom dashboards of time series data based on collected performance metrics.

To access the AppStack, click My Dashboards > Environment. Filter the application view with filter options and filter properties. You can also save and reuse these filters as layouts to display specific views of the AppStack.

In the AppStack view, you can hover-over each node and application to see a tooltip of data and status. This view provides quick insight into issues in the stack and overall statistics. Select each item on the view to load related items throughout the environment. See AppStack data overview for details on icons and colors of icons for at-a-glance monitoring.

The next section describes how to use AppStack as a troubleshooting tool. To further understand and customize the AppStack Environment, see:

Troubleshoot with AppStack

Using AppStack as a troubleshooting tool is fairly straightforward. Simply navigate to the AppStack Environment view, and click an object to see related objects. To investigate further, navigate to the Details page of the object or any related object.

For example, the illustration below displays all objects in the current environment. The application, MSSQLSERVER, is in a Critical state, as indicated by its icon. To see what this application is related to, click the MSSQLSERVER icon.

As you select objects in the AppStack, the system automatically updates the view to select and highlight related objects. In this example, MSSQLSERVER is selected. Once it is selected, related objects are highlighted by the fading of unrelated objects, as shown:

To completely hide unrelated objects in the view, click Spotlight in the top right corner. You can also select an individual object and click Spotlight to hide it.

To navigate to the details page of a selected object, click the icon of the selected object next to the chart at top or double-click the larger icon in the main view. You can review and managed the critical and warning issues per node.