This blog is a collaboration Co-Authored by Julie Fouque, Product Marketing Manager & Jeff New, Product Manager.
New User Interface Signals Milestone for Hybrid Cloud Operations Platform
Cisco Intersight, Cisco’s hybrid cloud operations platform, passed a major milestone with the recent release of its new user interface (UI). The UI introduces Cisco’s new branding for its Cloud Networking and Computing software portfolio, brings Nexus Cloud (Cisco’s cloud-managed platform for networking) into the Intersight platform, and improves readability and task findability.
Consistent User Experience
“One of our priorities for the software-as-a-service offerings in Cisco’s Networking and Computing portfolio is to provide a consistent and familiar user experience, no matter which product someone’s using,” said Jeff New, Cisco Intersight Product Manager. Intersight is the first platform to introduce Cisco’s common UI that will be rolled out across its data center computing, networking, and security solutions to provide a more consistent experience for customers.
Cloud Networking, Newest Intersight Platform Service
Intersight’s new UI also introduces cloud-managed networking as the platform’s newest IT operations service. This signals the next step in the platform’s vision to simplify IT operations through a cloud operations model that extends the principles of the cloud to the entire cloud/network IT stack. Nexus Cloud will debut as a service on Cisco Intersight following its current tech preview.
To easily access Intersight’s services, the new UI introduces a multi-service selector. From the selector, users can choose:
- Infrastructure Service – visualize, control, and automate Cisco UCS, HyperFlex, and third-party computing devices
- Cloud Orchestrator –automate workflows with a drag-and-drop designer to accelerate delivery of apps and infrastructure
- Workload Optimizer – ensure applications get resources when and where needed, at the lowest cost
- Nexus Cloud – deploy, manage, and operate your Cisco Nexus networks from the cloud
- My Dashboard – personalize a multi-service dashboard using widgets for capabilities across the services on the Intersight platform
- System – Claim devices, licensing, identity access management, and other account settings
Intersight users will have access to the functions they have licensed and their corresponding permissions. Once users are in a specific service, they’ll find capabilities in a familiar way.
Command Palette – Get to Actions and Information Quickly
Intersight is a comprehensive solution for hybrid cloud operations with a robust feature set. Intersight users have asked for a faster way to find specific objects in their environments as well as the actions they want to take.
To do this, we’ve introduced the Command Palette. Based on a simple search approach, users can input what they want to do and select from the search results. (“Command K” for Mac users and “Control K” for PC users.) The command palette shows suggestions based on your current context and items you’ve used recently.
Users who took part in the tech preview of the new UI report being pleased with the shortcut to specific tasks they want to execute. This lets them launch operations and begin working in fewer clicks.
Cisco Intersight users can find actions fast using the Command Palette.
The new UI also improves readability. The classic Intersight UI presented information in a dense way with heavy text on a single screen. In the new UI, users will find that readability is improved with more relevant information on individual screens and more space that allows users to focus on what’s most important.
One UI, Multiple Benefits
“The new UI is more than an improved look and feel,” said New. “The release of the new UI marks the next significant milestone on our vision to deliver a flexible hybrid cloud operations platform to help customers simplify IT operations. Cloud networking joins the suite of Intersight services, with more to come. And through the common UI, we’re lowering the learning curve for customers of Cisco software so it’s easier to get up and running.”
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