EdgeX Foundry Simplifies Deployment with the Latest Hanoi Release, New Use Cases, and Ecosystem Resources
December 22, 2020
EdgeX's 7th code release offers ideal data tagging, customized editing, and a new Command Line Interface for improved performance and scalability for deployment.
Launched in April 2017, and now part of the LF Edge umbrella, EdgeX Foundry is an open source microservice framework that provides the choice to plug and play from a growing ecosystem of available third-party offerings or to augment proprietary innovations. With a focus on the IoT Edge, EdgeX is designed to simplify the process to design, develop, and deploy solutions across industrial, enterprise, and consumer applications.
EdgeX Foundry's Hanoi release is the seventh consecutive semi-annual release and has features including simplified deployment, improved performance and scalability testing, and launch of Command Line Interface (CLI). Hanoi also incorporates the first collection of new, platform-wide micro service APIs that allows adopters to get a feel for what's coming with EdgeX 2.0 in the spring.
Key features include:
- Launch of the CLI: allows developers and users to issue a variety of EdgeX API calls to its services using terminal commands for more ideal scripting of tasks.
- Improved edge data tagging: developers can tag the data coming from a variety of edges, so that everything is organized and configured by a preferred process that ensures the location of data can be found.
- Simplified deployment: users will find that EdgeX now has a Compose file ""make"" capability that allows users to customize their file without a lot of manual editing.
- Improved performance and scalability testing: Adopters can now calculate what a large-scale deployment with EdgeX would look like and put it in their roadmap plans. Per the company, Hanoi brings the ability to provide guidance around EdgeX scaling as the amount of data is pushed through the system, or how many devices of particular types you can hang on an instance of EdgeX.
EdgeX Foundry has a history of working closely with other LF Edge projects including Akraino, Home Edge, EVE, and Open Horizon. With the Hanoi release, EdgeX has provided a sample service to export data from EdgeX to Fledge, an industrial IoT framework that focuses on critical operations, predictive maintenance, situational awareness, and safety. This allows EdgeX device connectors and capabilities to be used with Fledge instances. Conversely, with its next release, Fledge intends to provide a device service to allow Fledge instances to feed EdgeX instances.
The next step for EdgeX Foundry is the ""Ireland"" release, tentatively scheduled for spring 2021. Ireland will include a number of significant changes including, EdgeX's new V2 API set and V2 API testing; additional security improvements; and ideal transition/communication between device services to message application services directly (allowing for better quality of service when needed and bypassing persistence when not needed).
The new EdgeX Foundry website features resources that will help new developers get started, learn about new commercial offerings from LF Edge members, and see the framework in action in real-world use cases across Artificial Intelligence (AI), Industrial IoT (IIoT), Manufacturing, and Retail. The recently launched Adopter Series showcases companies that already deploy the EdgeX framework in products and solutions including Accenture, HP, Intel, Jiangxing Intelligence, ThunderSoft, and TIBCO.
For more information, visit: https://www.lfedge.org/