What is solution stack? - Definition from WhatIs.com
Part of the Software development glossary:

A solution stack is an ordered collection of software that makes it possible to complete a particular task.  

There are a lot of different types of solution stacks. Here are a few examples:

  • A server stack includes the software required for basic server functioning.
  • A Web stack includes the software required for Web app development. 
  • An application stack includes all the application programs required to perform a given task.
  • A software stack includes the software required for a given task. (Software stacks include infrastructure software, rather than just applications.)
  • A storage stack is a type of software stack that includes servers, networking components and server virtualization components. 
  • A virtualization stack is the collection of resources that, along with the hypervisor, make up the Microsoft Hyper-V environment.

This was last updated in July 2012
Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Related Terms


  • point cloud

    - A point cloud is a collection of data points defined by a given coordinates system. In a 3D coordinates system, for example, a point cloud may define the shape of some real or created physical system. (WhatIs.com)

  • Hofstadter's law

    - Hofstadter’s law is the observation that “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.” (WhatIs.com)

  • walking skeleton

    - A walking skeleton, in a software development context, is a minimal initial implementation of an application that includes and connects the major components of the system's architecture. (WhatIs.com)


  • Software development

    - Terms related to software development, including definitions about programming and words and phrases about Scrum, Agile and waterfall methodologies.

  • Internet applications

    - This WhatIs.com glossary contains terms related to Internet applications, including definitions about Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery models and words and phrases about web sites, e-commerce ...

Tech TalkComment



    Contribute to the conversation

    All fields are required. Comments will appear at the bottom of the article.