Header and Main Navigation

Design Brief

DXI is a suite of 5 modules, each of which specializes in the monitoring of a different domain. There are cross-module workflows which promote end-to-end monitoring in DXI. Most users will be more interested in some domains than others. There is a need for users to not only explicitly navigate across modules to perform different tasks, but also to navigate across them when the same task automatically leads them to a different module through one of these cross-module flows.

Design Considerations

 

The header for DXI will show the navigation elements for all 5 modules of DXI. Each user will however only see the ones that he/she has access to. This access to be set up by the Admin. The Admin will have access to all 5 modules, plus an additional Admin module as well.

When using the content of one module to open a different module (with or without maintaining contexts like time and data), this animation will shift the main header

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selection to the other module, and the left panel will change to show the new module's menu options as follows. The right side of the DXI Header contains 5 icons with associated actions.  Eventually, these actions (e.g., search) will be cross-product (i.e., be universal actions that apply across all enabled applications).

 

The universal actions are:

  • User (Settings) - Provides access to change who is logged in and access to User Preferences. Also available is the action to logout.

  • Help - Provides access to Guide Me, Product Help, Product Line Help and the Product About.  For admin's, access to support is also available.

  • Notifications - Provides access to system and product level notifications such as when the system may be down for maintenance.

  • Casebooks - Provides access to the user's casebooks.

  • Search - Search for a thing (e.g., a virtual machine, router or service)