Getting Started with ZEDControl

In the previous document, we have shown a schematic diagram of the ZEDEDA Edge Orchestration solution. In this document, let's see how you can get started with the ZEDEDA solution.
Related Edge Academy Resource
"Getting Started with ZEDCloud" is also a free, eLearning course. This course provides an overview of ZedControl functions demonstrating centralized device management and application orchestration. Go to the ZEDEDA Edge Academy to enroll and start your training today.
Step 1 - Gather Requirements for your Enterprise
  • Hardware Models: Your enterprise might be already using some edge computing devices deployed on your 'Business assets.' if not, you will need to decide which Hardware model suits the requirement for your Edge Infrastructure. These Edge Computing devices are called 'Edge Nodes' in ZedControl.
  • Hardware Serial Numbers: Decide and establish how you want to determine and track the hardware serial number for your Edge devices.
  • Project Scope: You will also need to decide if you want to group your edge infrastructure using projects in ZedControl. Projects are a logical grouping of edge nodes. You will need to decide if you want your grouping based on geographic location, business unit, or any other operational logic.
  • Users and their Roles: Define who are the users who will be using ZedControl, and what will be their specific responsibilities. For example, the Hardware management teams are responsible for installing the physical devices. Software Application teams will make and deploy the apps, Operators, administrators, etc.
  • Networks and Connectivity: Decide how you want the edge nodes to connect with ZedControl, and other public clouds or Databases for storing the app data.
Step 2 - Select Edge Computing Hardware
Find an appropriate brand and model of an Edge Node that you want to use for your edge infrastructure. Click here to view a comprehensive list of models tested to work with the open-source EVE-OS and the ZEDEDA Cloud solution. You will need to procure hardware from a device manufacturer or distributor. Some OEMs and distributors sell hardware with EVE-OS pre-installed.
  • Import Models from the Marketplace: When you login to ZedControl and go to the Marketplace page, you will find many models we have tested with the ZEDEDA solution. The administrator can import the appropriate model from the Marketplace to the own enterprise. Learn more about Import Models.
  • Hardware Serial Number: You will need to determine and obtain the hardware serial numbers of the devices required during the onboarding process.
Step 3 - EVE-OS Version
The next step is to find an appropriate EVE-OS version for your edge computing device model. Click here to find an appropriate image.
Step 4 - Install EVE-OS
Download and install EVE-OS and follow the step-by-step process of installing EVE-OS on your edge computing device.
Step 5 - Onboard Edge Node to ZEDCloud
Onboard the EVE-OS installed Edge computing device on ZEDCloud. Once onboarded, we call it an Edge Node. See the steps to onboard a new Edge Node on ZedControl. Once onboarded, the onboarded device will appear in the list view of Edge Nodes in ZedControl.
Step 6 - Select Application(s) from Marketplace
Select the appropriate software applications for your Edge Node.
  • Select an Edge Application: You can click on the Marketplace icon to see the apps in the marketplace. The Apps section on the Marketplace page shows all the software applications that are available in the marketplace.  See the Import Edge Applications article to follow the steps to import edge applications to your enterprise. Alternatively, add your own.
  • Add (Create) your own Edge Application: You can create a new application using an image of the software application installer. The Onboard an Edge Application will walk you through the steps to create a new edge application.
Step 7 - Deploy Edge Application on Edge Node
Once you have finalized which will use edge applications on your edge node, deploy the desired edge application on one or multiple Edge Nodes in your enterprise.
Step 8 - Monitor Status and Health of Edge Node and/or Edge Application
You can click on the (icon) Edge node icon on the left navigation to see a list of individual Edge Nodes in a table view. You could click on an Edge Node to see the same things like 'Status,' 'Basic information,' and 'Events' in a detailed view. See Lifecycle Operations on Edge Nodes to learn more.
Similarly, you could see an edge application instance details by clicking on an edge application instance in the edge application instance list view. See Lifecycle Operations on Edge Applications to learn more about the edge application instances. This is where you could monitor the health parameters of assets in your edge infrastructure.
Step 9 - Congratulations, your Edge Application is online!
You have your first edge node running the desired edge application in your edge infrastructure.
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