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

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