I've been working on this project for about 1.5 months and I'm very happy that I can finally share it.
So... what is a JumpSquare? Let's start off with Why...
We've all been there before:
- You start a new job and have no idea where anything is located
- A contractor comes on site and you have to point them to every application
- You are constantly sending emails asking where an application has been installed because you never bookmarked it
- You have a very large datacenter environment and can't remember all the virtualization, storage, and network addresses
- There may be 100+ different applications in your environment and you want to keep track of what's out there.
- Maintaining excel documents or sharepoint sites suck
- Browser bookmarks can be messy if you have a lot of them
The idea spawned because I had trouble keeping track of 6 VMware environments in our lab. Within those 6 environments, there were 100+ applications consisting of multiple vSphere Web Clients, vCOPs, vClouds, physical assets like switches and arrays. Bookmarks would have been messy and I got tired of sending emails trying to figure out what servers hosted which applications. I got a non-persistent desktop to access the lab environment so bookmarks didn't stick (don't ask why they can't figure that out), plus those bookmarks are only personalized for me. So if someone goes and installs vCOPs for POD3, I have to go to the web client, open it up, search for the IP address, then try and guess to see if i can remember the port or slew of /'s to find the login page. There had to be a better way.
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