In earlier blogs, I have discussed the fast pace of cloud-speed innovation. In the cloud, continuous integration defines a release cadence measured in months; continuous delivery means a release cadence measured in weeks, and continuous deployment involves a release cadence measured in days. ExtremeCloud™ IQ offers continuous deployment– where innovation is often a daily process. This cadence provides customers with unprecedented feature velocity and bug fix availability, operating in a continuous delivery model. We have highlighted new ExtremeCloud IQ capabilities at least once a month and will continue to do so. However, we wanted to give you a little preview of a significant change coming this summer to the user interface (UI) in ExtremeCloud IQ.
As a result of direct feedback from our customers and partners alike, a new look and feel to the user interface (UI) in ExtremeCloud IQ is coming soon. As you can see in Figures 1 and 2, the top menu bar has moved to the left-hand side of the UI. Additionally, the menu text has been replaced with icons.
Figure 1 – Legacy Menu
Figure 2 – New Menu
These menu changes provide valuable UI real estate for an administrator to navigate while managing their enterprise network. As shown in Figure 3, the menu bar can expand to view each icon name. You can switch between expanded or collapsed views of the menu bar.
Figure 3 – Expanded View
As shown in Figure 4, clicking an icon on the menu bar expands the second-tier menus. Where appropriate, third-tier menus can also be expanded. Please note that the order of all of the sub-menus matches the exact order previously displayed in the legacy menu system. Of course, any admin can switch between expanded or collapsed views of the various menus. The new intuitive menu streamlines every aspect of network management, configuration, and troubleshooting.
Figure 4 – Navigation to 2nd and 3rd Tier Menus
Finally, many cosmetic enhancements have also been made in the user interface of ExtremeCloud IQ. Figure 5 displays a quick reference guide for all the new icons found in all the monitoring pages of ExtremeCloud IQ.
Figure 5 – New Icons
The term cloudification refers to the conversion and/or migration of data and application programs in order to make use of cloud computing. At Extreme Networks, we have been very busy with the cloudification of the entire networking product portfolio. In the near future, you will see more icons added to the menu bar as Extreme applications such as Extreme AirDefense and ExtremeGuest are containerized and natively integrated into the cloud. Please join us in our journey as Extreme networking solutions continue their migration into the cloud.
Do you want to learn more about all the new look and design of ExtremeCloud™ IQ? Take a moment to watch this video as Erika Bagby takes you through a short tour of the planned UI enhancements: