Solution stack

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For other uses of "Software stack", see Stack#Computers.

In computing, a solution stack or software stack is a set of software subsystems or components needed to create a complete platform such that no additional software is needed to support applications. Applications are said to "run on" or "run on top of" the resulting platform. Some definitions of a platform overlap with what is known as system software.

For example, to develop an IT solution; in the case of a web application the architect defines the stack as the target operating system, web server, database, and programming language. Another version of a solution stack is operating system, middleware, database, and applications.[1] Regularly, the components of a solution stack are developed by different developers independently from one another.

Some components/subsystems of an overall system are chosen together often enough that the particular set is referred to by a name representing the whole, rather than by naming the parts. Typically, the name is an acronym representing the individual components.

Some common named stacks[edit]

LAMP (software bundle)
Linux (operating system)
Apache (web server)
MySQL or MariaDB (database management systems)
Perl, PHP, or Python (scripting languages)
LYME (software bundle) and LYCE (software bundle)
Linux (operating system)
Yaws (web server) written in Erlang
Mnesia or CouchDB (database) written in Erlang
Erlang (functional programming language)
GLASS (software bundle)
GemStone (database and application server)
Linux (operating system)
Apache (web server)
Seaside (web framework)
Smalltalk (programming language)
LEAP (software bundle)
The cloud stack of LEAP for:
Linux (operating system)
Eucalyptus (free and open-source alternative to the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud)
AppScale (Cloud computing-framework and free and open-source alternative to Google App Engine),
Python (programming language)
Linux – OpenStack controller nodes run exclusively on Linux
OpenStack – providing an infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
Xen or KVM (hypervisor)
Linux with LVM (mass-storage device management)
Distributed Replicated Block Device (storage replication)
Ganeti (virtual machine cluster management tool)
Ganeti Web Manager (web interface)
XAMPP, cross-platform
X (operating system)
Apache (web server)
MySQL or MariaDB (database)
PHP (programming language)
Perl (programming language)
Mac OS X (operating system)
Apache (web server)
MySQL or MariaDB (database)
PHP, Perl, or Python (programming languages)
Windows (operating system)
Apache (web server)
MySQL or MariaDB (database)
PHP, Perl, or Python (programming language)
Windows (operating system)
Internet Information Services (web server)
MySQL or MariaDB (database)
PHP, Perl, or Python (programming language)
Windows Server (operating system)
Internet Information Services (web server)
SQL Server (database)
ASP.NET (programming language)
Windows Server (operating system)
Internet Information Services (web server)
.NET (software framework)
SQL Server (database)
Linux or Windows (operating system)
AOLserver (web server)
OpenACS (web application framework)
PostgreSQL or Oracle Database (database)
Tcl (scripting language)
MongoDB (database)
XML database (database such as BaseX, eXist, MarkLogic Server)
XQuery (Query language)
REST (client interface)
XForms (client)

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  1. ^ Mimoso, Michael S. (24 February 2003). "Red Hat: Linux served at vertical data center dinner tables". Retrieved 2009-08-09.