Litmus Edge is a complete operating system based on Linux that eases deployment and management at the edge. It can be run on a bare-metal hardware device or within a VM. With the DTVD for Manufacturing Edge, the optimal physical or virtual hardware depends on the deployment scenario or the type of connectivity that is required for industrial systems.
As shown in the following diagram, Litmus Edge is typically the interface between enterprise IT applications and industrial systems and networks.
Litmus Edge enables connectivity of manufacturing assets, with more than 250 different OT-based protocols available out of the box, along with the capability to build custom connectivity. It can collect, normalize, and contextualize data for further use on edge devices or northbound to your enterprise IT systems and platform.
The Litmus Edge platform has many integrated features and capabilities, such as:
Litmus Edge can also export its configuration to a template for scale and ease of deployment through Litmus Edge Manager, offering operational consistency.
As part of the DTVD for Manufacturing Edge with Litmus, Litmus Edge has been tested and validated running as a VM on VxRail and on PowerEdge servers running VMware vSphere.
Litmus Edge Manager is a centralized management platform for all devices running Litmus Edge. It provides a management layer for the Litmus Edge environment to create ease of deployment and scale, as outlined in the following figure.
Litmus Edge Manager defines a hierarchy to manage all edge devices running Litmus Edge to reflect operations at global, regional, site, or production line levels.
Within Edge Manager, a logical group of devices is defined as a Project. This helps with the management edge devices with a specific use (connected to specific machines) or in a specific area in manufacturing (production line, build cells, warehouse, and more).
Key features within Litmus Edge Manager include:
On the DTVD for Manufacturing Edge with Litmus, Edge Manager runs as a VM on VxRail or PowerEdge, depending on the deployment.
To learn more about the Litmus solutions, browse the Litmus Documentation Portal, which provides full technical documentation on all aspects of the solutions, including:
The following figure offers a sample view of the Litmus Documental portal.
Note: Access is provided to the Litmus Documentation portal once Litmus licenses are fulfilled. For the standard Litmus documentation and messaging, see the Additional Resources section.