Tulip IT Welcome Guide
  • 30 Sep 2022
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Tulip IT Welcome Guide

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An introduction to Tulip for IT

Hello! This article seeks to distill and organize the vast world of Tulip into an easy-to-digest (and reference) format for IT teams. The article is organized into sections to make information easy to find.

Tulip Overview

If you are completely new to Tulip, we recommend reading this article - Introduction to Tulip

The {{glossary.Tulip Player}}

The Tulip Player is an essential piece of software for running Apps built in Tulip. Our Tulip Player article describes how to download and install this software. We also have Device Recommendations if you are looking to purchase new hardware.

Tulip {{glossary.Edge Devices}}

Tulip's Edge Devices are networked hardware accessory for the Tulip Platform that enables connectivity to many different devices, sensors, machines and systems. Currently, Tulip offers two edge devices:

Note that not all Tulip deployments will use a Tulip Edge Device.

The Tulip {{glossary.Connector Host}}

Tulip Apps are able to integrate with other networked systems such as HTTP APIs, SQL databases, and {{glossary.OPC UA}} servers. When this functionality is required, the requests from Tulip to the API, database, or server come from the Tulip Connector Host. All Tulip accounts include a Tulip Connector Host in the Tulip Cloud, but it is possible to install a Tulip Connector Host within your facility's firewall. This article has all of the information you should need.

Networking Requirements

Our Networking Requirements article is the first stop for understanding how your facility can access Tulip.

Connectors, DBs, and API Integrations

Tulip uses {{glossary.Connector}}s to connect to external systems such as SQL databases HTTP APIs (including REST and SOAP) and machines and OPC UA servers

{{glossary.LDAP}} and {{glossary.SAML}}

Our LDAP and SAML articles outline how an identity management service can be used to authenticate users in Tulip. The default user management does not include an external identity provider and is managed within Tulip.

Security Guide

Our Security Guide should answer all of your questions regarding the security of the Tulip Platform.


It is possible to host your Tulip account in AWS's GovCloud. This article has the information you need.

Getting More Help

If you need additional assistance, follow this article to get in touch with Tulip Support.

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