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Initial setup and deployment

After deploying Qlik Forts, you can work with your data regardless of location. Your data stays safely where it is, be it on-premise, in your private data center, or in a public cloud. Forts is deployed next to your data, bringing the capacity of SaaS.

For detailed end-to-end steps about how to deploy a fort in a particular environment, refer to the following:

Deploying a fort in Amazon Web Services

Deploying a fort in Microsoft Azure

Deploying a fort in Google Cloud Platform

Deploying a fort in VMware vSphere

What follows here is a description of the high-level setup and deployment process, and what is happening behind the scenes during each step.

Setting up and deploying Forts

The process of setting up and deploying Forts
  1. Create the fort in the Qlik Cloud Management Console.
    When performing this step, Qlik Cloud creates a bundle of bootstrap data that you must copy and paste into the Forts Console. This bundle contains the data needed by the fort to authenticate itself with Qlik Cloud’s OAuth Server, Mender, and AWS IoT services. You can read about these in more detail in the Architecture help topic for Forts, see Architecture.

  2. Create fort from image.
    Using the Management Console, you deploy the Fort Virtual Appliance in your choice of environment. Depending on the environment, this may mean clicking on a link that takes you directly to the image deployment process in your environment, or it could mean downloading the image. This process differs by environment because native cloud provider images cannot be exported as files, and therefore must be made available to you via public shared images, or in a cloud provider marketplace.

  3. Upload config bundle to fort.
    As discussed in step 1, the bootstrap bundle you received when creating the fort in the Qlik Cloud Management Console must be pasted into the Forts Console. Once this is done, the fort will authenticate itself with Qlik Cloud, Mender, and AWS IoT and it will complete its setup process by getting the latest updates from Mender.

  4. Assign a space to the fort.
    At this point the fort is ready to be used, but before anyone can use it, it must be assigned to a space, and users must have access to that space. Assigning a fort to a space is done in the Qlik Cloud Management Console.