Simplified Information Architecture for Networking Objects

Creating a task-centric model for networking objects in vSphere.


Networking Objects

Standard Network

Network created by configuring individual switches on hosts in a datacenter.

Distributed Switch

A switch designed to simplify standard networks by creating a single switch to span many hosts in a datacenter.

Distributed Port Group

The network available on a distributed switch.


Key Use Cases for Each Object

Monitor

Track performance of the object within the system.

Manage

Edit settings and configure the object.

Navigation

Access objects related or connected to the object within the system.


Standard Networks

Old Design

  • Getting Started
  • Summary
  • Virtual Machines
  • Hosts
  • Tasks & Events
  • Permissions

New Design

  • Getting Started
  • Summary
  • Monitor
    • Tasks
    • Events
  • Manage
    • Tags*
    • Permissions
    • Network Protocol Profiles*
  • Related Objects
    • Virtual Machines
    • VM Templates*
    • Hosts

*New features or information added.

Old Design

New Design


Distributed Switch

Old Design

  • Getting Started
  • Summary
  • Networks
  • Ports
  • Resource Allocation
  • Configuration
  • Virtual Machines
  • Hosts
  • Tasks & Events
  • Alarms
  • Permissions

New Design

  • Getting Started
  • Summary
  • Monitor
    • Issues (Alarms)
    • Tasks
    • Events
    • Health*
  • Manage
    • Settings (Configuration)
    • Alarm Definitions
    • Tags*
    • Permissions
    • Network Protocol Profiles*
    • Ports
    • Resource Allocation
  • Related Objects
    • Hosts
    • Virtual Machines
    • VM Templates*
    • Distributed Port Groups (Networks)
    • Uplink Port Groups*

*New features or information added.

Old Design

New Design


Distributed Port Group

Old Design

  • Getting Started
  • Summary
  • Ports
  • Virtual Machines
  • Hosts
  • Tasks & Events
  • Alarms
  • Permissions

New Design

  • Getting Started
  • Summary
  • Monitor
    • Issues (Alarms)
    • Tasks
    • Events
  • Manage
    • Settings*
    • Alarm Definitions
    • Tags*
    • Permissions
    • Network Protocol Profiles*
    • Ports
  • Related Objects
    • Hosts
    • Virtual Machines
    • VM Templates*

*New features or information added.

Old Design

New Design


Results

Usability testing validated the new design. The model aligns with other objects in vSphere, including hosts, storage objects, and virtual machines.