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.
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"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.
1. 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 do 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.
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 log in to ZedControl and go to the marketplace page, you will find many models we have tested with the ZEDEDA solution. The administrator can import appropriate modes from the Marketplace to the own enterprise. Click here to know how to import.
  • Hardware Serial Number: You will need to determine and obtain the hardware serial numbers of the devices required during the onboarding process.
3. EVE-OS Version: Next step is to find an appropriate EVE-OS version for your selected device. Click here to find an appropriate image of the EVE-OS version for your Model of Edge Computing Device.
4. Install EVE-OS: Click here to know a step-by-step process of installing EVE-OS on the Edge Computing Device.
5. Onboard Edge Node to ZedControl: Onboard the EVE-OS installed Edge computing device on ZedControl. Once onboarded, we call it an Edge Node. Click here to 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.
6. Select Application(s) from Marketplace: Select the appropriate software applications for your Edge Node.
  • Select an Edge Application: You can click on the (icon) 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. You could import apps to your enterprise to use them across the enterprise. Click here to see the steps to import edge applications to your enterprise. Alternatively, create one.
  • Add your own Edge Application: You can create a new application using an image of the software application installer. Click here to see the steps to create a new edge application.
7. Deploy Edge Application on Edge Node: Once you have finalized which will use edge applications on your edge node, you could deploy the desired edge application on one or multiple Edge Nodes in your enterprise. Click here to see the steps to deploy an edge application.
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. Click here to know more. Similarly, you could see an edge application instance details by clicking on an edge application instance in the edge application instance list view. Click here to know more about the edge application instances. This is where you could monitor the health parameters of assets in your Edge Infrastructure.
9. Congratulations! Edge Application is online: You have your first Edge Node running the desired edge application in your edge infrastructure.
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