gridscale explained: Easy Panel vs. Expert Panel

Datum: 13.06.2019

gridscale explained

Introduction

Welcome to gridscale explained #1 – For the first post of the series, we’re excited to dive into the main differences between the Easy Panel vs the Expert Panel. In this short guide I’ll outline the main differences, when to use what and how you can increase your efficiency with gridscale.

Easy Panel

Why and when to use it:

The Easy Panel greatly reduces the complexity of infrastructure management. It is intuitive and easy to understand. It includes nice UI features like connecting infrastructure via drag and drop, an interactive tutorial and minimal interfaces, removing information overload and allowing you to focus on what is really important.

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Features

Drag & Drop

Connecting a server to a storage
Connecting a server to a storage

Resources in the dashboard view can be connected via drag & drop, just pickup the resource you would like to connect, resources that can be connected will then be highlighted, drop the picked up resource on a highlighted resource, and let the magic happen.

Smart Guide

Get up to speed with how the basics work in no time – Just click the “smart guide” at the bottom right of the Panel to start an interactive introduction to gridscales Easy Panel.

Small Tiles

toggling the tile size
Toggling the tile size

When managing large infrastructures, the large-tile view can become cumbersome. You can reduce the amount of information provided on each resource tile in the dashboard. Just toggle between the 4 and 9-squared tiled icons at the top right of the Dashboard to change views.

Searching

Filtering your infrastructure
Filtering your infrastructure

Using the search bar at the top of the Panel allows you to search for resources by their names, and assigned labels (Currently, labels can only be added via the Expert Panel).

The search bar also supports searching by resource status and linked resources

Here’s an exhaustive list:
Server:power:on All running Servers
Server:power:off All stopped Servers
Server:zone:a All servers in zone A
Server:zone:b All servers in zone B
Server:zone:c All servers in zone C
Storage:connected All attached Storages
Storage:notconnected All unused Storages
Storage:hassnapshots All storages with Snapshots
Storage:withoutsnapshots All storages without Snapshots
labels:<label> All resources with specific Label

Usage Dashboard

If you would like to view the current resource usage since the last billing cycle, this information can be found in the Usage Dashboard.

Good to know

UUIDs – When managing infrastructure via the API, you’ll may need to know the UUID of your resources. The UUID can easily be found in the Expert Panel. But it can also be found in the URL bar when viewing a resource in the Easy Panel.

Advanced Configurations – For simplicity, the Easy Panel removes as much clutter as possible, including advanced settings when setting up and editing resources. If you’re looking for more advanced configuration settings, head over to the Expert Panel.

Labels – CRUD functionality for labels is coming to the Easy Panel soon.

Expert Panel

Why and when to use it:

The Expert Panel was designed for Expert users that manage larger, more complex infrastructures on gridscale. It boasts a clean intuitive interface with a table view, speedy navigation and the management of resources with keyboard shortcuts and pop-out menus. It also offers more advanced configurations for each resource than the Easy Panel. You can also easily find the UUID, usage metrics and event history of your resources.

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Features

Advanced Configurations

The Expert Panel gives you more fine-grain control over your infrastructure. For example, you can change the hardware profile, availability zone and auto-recovery of a Server, or set the `max_allowed_packet_size` and `max_connections` for a gridSQL Platform Service, just to name a few.

Table View

Re-ordering via table columns
Re-ordering via table columns

Navigating to each resource will take you to the table view. This view is great to get a quick overview of your projects. You can sort everything by column, by clicking on the column header. You can also remove information from the table by clicking on “adjust header” at the top right of the table, and toggling the columns you would like to have in the table.

Metrics

Viewing resource metrics
Viewing resource metrics

You can see real-time metrics for Servers and Platform Services. From the Servers detailed view, you can view CPU usage and Storage IOPS. From the Platform Services detailed view, you can view CPU usage, and the Storage size.

Event History

Viewing an objects event log
Viewing an objects event log

Nearly all resources have a log of all events, listing the action, and the user who initiated the event. This can be useful when debugging, and monitoring your infrastructure.

Pop-out View

Viewing objects via the popout menu
Viewing objects via the popout menu

When focusing a resource from the table view, a side view will slide out with an overview of the resources information, as well as some quick actions for that resource, like copying IPs, starting or stopping servers, editing the resource, etc.

UUIDs

Each resource is assigned a UUID upon creation, and this UUID is needed if you want to use our API. The UUID for each resource can be found in the Pop-out View, as well as the detailed view.

Good to Know

Usage Dashboard – If you would like to view the current resource usage since the last billing cycle, this information can be found in the Usage Dashboard, which is available via the Easy Panel.

User Menu – Using the User Menu will navigate you back to the dashboard in the Easy Panel.

Wrapping up

We’ve just taken you through the biggest differences between gridscales Easy and Expert Panel – The Easy Panel is perfect for new users, it provides fewer configuration options, reduces complexity, and has an intuitive drag & drop interface. The Expert Panel is perfect for experienced users, with maximum configuration options, higher power and a clear overview over large projects. I hope that this guide has given you a good overview of each panel, as well as the main differences between them. If you haven’t yet experienced the panels you can sign up for a free account to get started.


Marc Harriss

Marc Harriss | Product Owner
As gridscales Product Owner, Marc works closely on product processes and maximising the value of the product from working with the Development teams. He works with the philosophy of "develop products as a customer" in mind, has a passion for software and how things work. With a professional background in I.T. and Logistics management in the startup scene, Marc is used to working with fast paced, interdisciplinary teams, to move things forward.

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