Converting and enhancing the search experience for managing virtual environments as VMware moved vSphere from a desktop client to a web client.
Navigate to an object with a known name or portion of name.
Locate all the instances of an object based on a set of criteria to manage or monitor the objects.
Continually relocate all the instances of an object to monitor objects.
Saved searches were designed as new functionality to let a user relocate objects without rebuilding search queries.
"I was surprised and very happy at how powerful this was, but, the fun doesn’t stop there – VMware have really thought this through and understand their admins don’t necessarily want to have to fill in three drop boxes every time they run a search! So, they have introduced save searches to make re-doing the exercise all the easier"
- VS Blog
Usability testing validated the new design. Search improvements are often listed by users as one of the preferred features of the web client in the 5.0 release.