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    Today, StackState introduces a new way to connect StackState, the next-generation monitoring and AIOps platform, to your infrastructure and monitoring data sources.

    The new StackPacks provide an easy way to select and install integrations and provide a number of benefits to users. In this article, we introduce the concept of StackPacks and describe the new capabilities.

    What Are StackPacks?

    StackPacks are a packaging and installation format for StackState integrations. They define how integrations are packaged, described, documented and released. This makes it possible to create and share integrations easily between StackState installations and users.

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    StackPacks also define how integrations are installed and de-installed and what user input is required in this process. This standardises the integration installation process and drastically simplifies the steps needed to connect StackState with other systems.

    Below we've summarised all benefits of StackPacks.

    StackPacks Benefits

    1. Next-Next-Finish install
    Installation of StackState integrations was never easier. Select a StackPack directly from the StackState GUI and install it with just a few clicks of your mouse. StackState will be configured correctly to integrate with the target system, including the synchronisation, types, icons that go with it. Depending on the StackPack, there may also be integration-specific views added to StackState.

    2. Quick time to value
    Use a StackPack to get value from StackState virtually instantly. Once a StackPack is installed, you will see data flowing into StackState. Your topology will take shape right before your eyes. Telemetry is only a click away. Give it a few minutes and you can even time travel to the past.

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    3. Standard for shipping integrations
    StackPacks are a new standard for StackState integrations. Any developer can create standard integrations that can be shared among StackState users. Installation and de-installation work seamlessly and documentation is where you would expect it.

    Next Steps

    Any future integrations for StackState will obviously be shipped as StackPacks. But we have bigger plans. We aim to provide a StackPack SDK so that engineers can create StackPacks themselves, either for their own use or to share with others. We also envision a centralized StackPack repository where StackState users can find StackPacks created by others. Discover, install and use community-built integrations with ease.

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