Overview of Tenants, ILM, Configuration, and Maintenance options

You can use the Grid Management Interface to create storage tenant accounts, manage ILM policies and rules, configure grid nodes and services, and perform maintenance.

The top menu bar of the Grid Management Interface includes the following options for configuring StorageGRID Webscale.
screenshot showing menu bar of Grid Management Interface

Important: Changing configuration settings requires careful and deliberate planning. Some configurable elements can affect the state of the live system. Only experienced administrators should change the device and component configuration settings.

The Tenants option allows grid administrators to create storage tenant accounts.

Each tenant account uses either the S3 client protocol or the Swift client protocol. You must create at least one tenant account for each client protocol (Swift or S3) that will be used to store objects on your StorageGRID Webscale system. If you want to use both the Swift client protocol and the S3 client protocol to store and retrieve objects, you must create at least two tenant accounts: one for Swift containers and objects and one for S3 buckets and objects.

Optionally, you can create additional tenant accounts if you want to segregate the objects stored on your system by different entities. Each tenant account has its own browser-based user interface and tenant API (referred to as the Tenant Management Interface), its own federated or local groups and users, and its own containers (buckets for S3) and objects.
Note: Grid administrators create tenant accounts, but these users do not use the S3 or Swift protocols.

For more information, see the Administrator Guide and the Tenant Administrator Guide.

The ILM option allows you to configure information lifecycle management (ILM) rules and policies that govern data durability and availability.

For more information, see the Administrator Guide.

The Configuration option allows you to specify system-wide options such as domain names, grid options, link costs, storage options, display options (including the GUI Inactivity Timeout), custom global alarms, alarm notifications, email server setup, AutoSupport enablement, auditing, and event logging. You can configure connection profiles, permissions, and certificates. You can also configure administrative user accounts, administrative groups and their access permissions, and identity federation access.

For information on configuring these settings, see the Administrator Guide.

The Maintenance option allows you to perform expansion, decommissioning, and recovery tasks. You can also edit information about DNS and NTP servers, review licensing, perform software upgrades, collect log files, and generate a Recovery Package.

For information on grid maintenance tasks, see the Software Upgrade Guide and the Maintenance Guide or Expansion Guide for your deployment.