Video has become one of the most common forms of rich content on the internet. News outlets frequently embed short videos to share breaking news, sites like YouTube stream content on any topic you use, and organizations are increasingly turning to video to train, and stay connected with their employees. At the same time, 5G provides the promise of better network reliability, faster downloads, and the ability to connect more devices.
In this quickstart, you will experience the benefits of 5G using Alef’s Edge Net services to build a daily news feed video campaign. This campaign could be used for consumers looking to start up to date on the latest world news, by a business offering a company update, and much more.
The first thing that you are going to need is an EdgeNet account. EdgeNet is Alef’s cloud service portal. Alef provides services such as X, Y, and video campaigns, you can use to build edge applications with very little code. Over time, we will be continuously adding more services. If there is something you would love to see, let us know. For this quickstart, we are going to use the Video Campaigns service.
Because this is your first time creating an account, you will create an Organization. You can think of an organization as the central account for your team. An organization will contain company details like address, logo, and centralized billing. Don’t worry, you don’t need to add billing information to complete the tutorial. You can always come back to the Organization profile page and add it later.
Typically, an administrator will create the organization and services available for developers to consume. To give you a quick overview of everything AlefEdge provides, we will cover a bit of both the administrator and developer role.
Go ahead and create an account on EdgeNet, following the guided wizard.
Once you are done, click next, skipping through the team page. Organizations allow you to quickly add team members who will have access to all the services you create in your organization. We will cover team management in another quickstart. For now, confirm your details and the terms of service, then click DONE.
Check the inbox of the email you just entered. You will receive an email from EdgeNet which contains your user id as well as your app-key. Copy this app-key as you will need it further in the tutorial when you set up the video subscription service.
Now you have your account, let’s log into EdgeNet. EdgeNet provides a centralized portal for all of your Edge applications. We will be using this portal to build our campaign. You can also access the APIs directly if you want to incorporate them into existing DevOps or CI processes. To get a quick rundown of all the features, you can click the GUIDED TOUR button at any time. For now, we are going to focus on adding a video service.
Before you add any services, you first need to subscribe to a plan and set a location where your service will run. A subscription plan determines the level of access you have to AlefNet features. To get a full rundown of features available, check out the comparison chart. For now, we are going to subscribe to the Private Edge if you haven’t already, and then add the Gold video service to give us access to valuable analytics dashboards. Follow the steps in the video, choosing NYC as your location to run your service, and finally add a credit card for billing.
In the steps above, we added a location to run your service. Locations are a key part to AlefEdge. Locations are globally distributed compute locations. Once you have created a service, such as the video service we are about to create, the service is deployed and runs on an edge location, called a MicroEdge.
Upon completion, you should have a new entry in your subscription list. At any time, you can click on the entries to view centralized billing and configuration.
Once you have the base Private Edge Service, repeat the process of adding a Service, selecting Alef Video Enablement again. Once you add the service, you will be presented with a screen to input configuration details. Add the following details and click SUBMIT.
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To access your secret key and token,
[enter the app-key received via your welcome email]
[ERROR: I am entering in my username but receiving an error that it contains invalid info]
|Edge Storage Size||1|
|Username||[the username you logged into the portal with]|
Go ahead and click on [x]. This takes you to the
Your campaign is now live. It’s up to you how you want users to consume your content. Perhaps the most common approach is by embedding the video in a web page. The advantage of this is that
In this quickstart… streamed video via browser – most typical. You can also use our SDK to embed in native apps. Try it here.
If you want to learn more about how Alef and Edge computing works, check out here.