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From Sonny Chhen <>
Subject RE: CloudStack UIX
Date Wed, 06 Jun 2012 20:18:27 GMT
First off, Thank You everyone for your feedback. This is good to hear in terms of trying to
improve upon the CloudStack experience. 

A few things to note:

Too many clicks:
We have heard the feedback about multiple clicks and are working on trying to limit the amount.
Our first steps to working toward this goal can be found in  the new infrastructure page where
we will be providing quick links to the Zones, pods, clusters, host, etc...that will take
you to a global list of the properties regardless of zone selected. We would appreciate feedback
on where you would see most of your time being spent so that we can find a way for you to
reach that destination sooner.

More info less action:
As Pranav mentioned in the earlier response, we are toying with the idea of adding more information
to the table/list view with fewer actions required by the user. I'll add a post with screenshots
to the wiki for a better explanation.

Customizable content and pluggable framework:
If you take a look at the wiki and click on the "Flip Dashboard" link, you'll see an example
of a completely revamped dashboard. The concept here is to add not only monitoring information
but common actions such as create a vm, create a zone, etc...It would be ideal to have the
user add whatever common used functionality to this dashboard to make ease of use for them.
If this is an idea you would like us to pursue then please let us know and we will try to
work towards it.

I'll be posting more concepts and designs on the wiki and will be answering more questions
as they come in. Once again Thank You all for the feedback and I hope these answers helped.

Thank You and Best Regards,

Sonny H. Chhen
Sr. Visual Designer | Citrix Systems - CloudPlatform
4988 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA  95054, USA

-----Original Message-----
From: Kelven Yang [] 
Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2012 12:45 PM
Subject: RE: CloudStack UIX

Pluggable UI and job UI are feature requirements that we need to implement, I guess Sonny
would like the feedbacks about general UIX ideas.

Maybe I'm a too boring person, I actually like how Microsoft Outlook navigates, with sliding
tab + single tree pane. For frequent actions, how about to allow per-user UI profile? Allow
creating customized UI profile, providing UI profile persistence so that people can always
go back to where he was left off, etc


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chip Childers []
> Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2012 12:21 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: CloudStack UIX
> On Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 3:14 PM, Alex Huang <> wrote:
> >
> > For CloudStack Admin Console, we need to innovate in the following
> areas.  These all have to do with being able to do more with less action.
> >
> > - Pluggable UI to configure plugins
> +1 (would be +5 if it could be)
> > - A monitor pane where resources can be put into and taken out of
> monitoring mode
> Interesting idea, but would probably require some design concepts to 
> see if it would be useful / usable.
> > - A simple collapsible tree view of the resources
> I'm not certain I agree with a tree view for two reasons:  First, a 
> large scale environment typically has too many elements for a tree to 
> be the best method of navigation.  Second, it leads to the same type 
> of problem of too many clicks to get to something important.
> Those two reservations can sometimes be dealt with pretty elegantly by 
> coupling a tree with a really simple (but useful) quick search 
> feature.
> > - Jobs management ui
> +1

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