The BUI, or how Sun learned to stop over-thinking and love the customer
By Owen Allen on Sep 26, 2008
There are a lot of things that Sun is known for doing well. Shiny hardware, open-source software, excellent April Fools Day pranks. But user interfaces are generally not placed on that list. Honestly, our UIs have, in the past, probably gone on the opposite list.
Which is probably why people at VMworld were so impressed with the UI for Sun xVM Ops Center 2.0 and Sun xVM Server.
The new UI is almost the same in both Sun xVM Server and Sun xVM Ops Center. It's divided into three panels. The one on the left is the navigation. Each heading expands when you select it.
The center panel displays detailed information about what's selected. For instance, if you select jobs, the current list of jobs will be displayed. If you select an OS, CPU and memory information will appear.
The right panel displays the actions that can be taken on whatever is selected. If the OS from the last example is still selected, these actions will include updating the OS, rebooting the system, and activating notifications.
So, basically, in addition to the new features that are going into Sun xVM Ops Center 2.0, we've tried to make it intuitive and as simple as possible to learn. Makes me feel like waving a cowboy hat.