November 14, 2023

Zero Touch Deployment: Revolutionizing Edge Deployment

Zero Touch Deployment: Revolutionizing Edge Deployment

In today's fast-paced world, Zero Touch Deployment is essential for delivering top-notch services. But how can you streamline your operations, enhance security, and achieve high-performance computing at the edge? The answer lies in Namla's Operating System (NOS) – the powerhouse behind Namla's comprehensive edge computing platform.

ZTD workflow schema

ZTD workflow schema

Understanding the Need for Simplified Network Security

Deploying a distributed edge infrastructure across a country or worldwide requires a high level of expertise. Several companies claim to provide "Zero Touch Provisioning" (ZTP), although the term's true definition, which describes the management of configurations with no interaction, tends to be misunderstood.

In reality, establishing an infrastructure requires more than a simple zero-touch configuration. Namla has adopted an alternative strategy by building zero-touch deployment (ZTD) into the core of the technology we provide. The ability of setting up and configuring network devices without requiring manual intervention is known as zero-touch deployment. It minimizes the need for on-site technicians, reducing deployment time and lowering the risk of errors.

Namla's ZTD process consists of various sub-processes, including one called ZTP for networking and security setup.

The Power of Zero Touch Onboarding (ZTO) in optimizing Network Device Deployment

ZTO refers to an automated process that allows device setup and integration into the network by decreasing the necessity for manual intervention. The approach simplifies setups, authentication, and accessibility, boosting productivity and decreasing errors in device onboarding.

Zero Touch Onboarding (ZTO) is split into two phases. We verify the device's identity and align it with the client's profile during the pre-staging procedure. The edge device is linked to the client's approved controllers that were chosen for the specific region during the staging process, which is also known as Zero Touch Provisioning. Client networking settings and security profiles are applied to the device at this phase.

Zero Touch Joining (ZTJ) streamlines device connectivity

Zero Touch Joining (ZTJ) is an automated method that enables devices to be effortlessly integrated into any system or network with minimal human intervention. ZTJ optimizes the processes needed for devices to connect to the network, ensuring quick and error-free connectivity. This approach improves efficiency, conserves deployment time, and minimizes the probability of human error in the joining procedure.

The device is authorized to associate with the client's digital cluster in the Zero Touch Joining phase, which constitutes the final stage in our Zero Touch Deployment procedure. The edge device is now operational and ready to perform client workloads such as Kubernetes defaults.

Improving Network Security and Compliance Via Continuous Attestation (CA)

Continuous Attestation (CA) is an essential preventative measure employed to guarantee the reliability and safety of devices and systems. It operates by autonomously and consistently examining multiple features of a device, including its boot process, configuration, and identity. This continuing assessment ensures that the device retains its integrity and complies with established safety standards throughout time, which is particularly crucial in dynamic and evolving contexts.

Namla provides continuous attestation methods for preserving the security of edge devices in their physical surroundings. This requires regular safety evaluations, including an examination of the device's boot sequence. Namla's controllers provide the essential function of keeping the device's identity.

The device's state changes through a variety of transitional and ultimate states throughout the process, as illustrated in the diagram below. This comprehensive approach guarantees the security and integrity of the deployed infrastructure.

Challenges and Considerations in Integrating ZTO and CA

Integrating Zero Touch Onboarding and Continuous Attestation into network security requires careful vendor selection, smooth interoperability, scalability for growing enterprises, a skilled staff, and financial stability. Scalability calls for a solution that can support growing device and network configurations, while resource allocation is critical for automation and continuous monitoring. A professional personnel is required to manage ZTO and CA, as is rigorous adherence to data privacy standards. Redundancy mechanisms are critical for network integrity, and striking a balance between robust security and user experience is critical for overall productivity and pleasure.

Deploying Zero Touch Technologies for Operating Efficient and Secure Networks

Lastly, Namla's revolutionary Zero Touch Deployment is a game-changing approach that has altered the field of edge infrastructure deployment. This groundbreaking method removes the necessity for time-consuming manual settings, bringing in a new era of greater efficiency and accuracy. While the promise of zero-touch provisioning emerges as a sign for enabling the global deployment of distributed edge infrastructure, Namla's entire technique elevates this concept to new heights.