IT Stacks: How They Stack Up
eWEEK Labs sets out to see how IT stacks compare and how mixing components affects performance and functionality.What is an IT stack? How does one stack stacks? And how do IT stacks stack up against one another? Put simply, an IT stack is essentially the base for most enterprise applications, generally consisting of a server operating system, a Web or application server, a database, and a scripting or development language.
Two of the best-known stacks are Microsofts .Netwhich consists of the Windows Server operating system, IIS (Internet Information Services) Web server, SQL Server database and ASP scripting languageand the open-source LAMP stackcomprising Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP (or Python or Perl). However, an IT stack doesnt always stack up in these ways, as much mixing and matching of a stacks various components can and does occur. This is especially true of stacks built around J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) technologies.