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User Conceptual Modeling for Storage Management Tasks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105654D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 4 page(s) / 307K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gibson, GA: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a user-conceptual model for a graphical user interface for system management tasks. This model if for storage management and provides a means for the user to easily understand the objects and actions necessary for the tasks related to real and logical storage management. This allows the user to work with complex object components in a uniform, consistent manner.

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User Conceptual Modeling for Storage Management Tasks

      Disclosed is a user-conceptual model for a graphical user
interface for system management tasks.  This model if for storage
management and provides a means for the user to easily understand the
objects and actions necessary for the tasks related to real and
logical storage management.  This allows the user to work with
complex object components in a uniform, consistent manner.

      In this model, the user is presented with volume groups that
exist on the systme, along with the indicators of megabytes used per
volume group (Fig. 1).  To see the attributes of the volume group
object, the user clicks on the Door icon.  This then displays the
hard disks, logical volumes and file systems associated with the
selected volume group (Fig. 2) -- all in iconic form.  To see a
textual form, the user selects the Textual Browser for the pulldown
menu, and the same information that was presented iconically is
presented in text form (Fig. 3).  The object relationships indicated
in the iconic view are maintained in this view.  All drag and drop
options that could be applied in the iconic view can be accomplished
in the Textual Browser view.  Actions that can be done on the objects
appear in an action palette to the left of the window.

      In the Fig. 3 example, the user has selected "rootvg" from the
Vol.  Groups column.  Consequently, all the hard disks associated
with that volume group appear in the Phy...