StorageGRID Webscale appliance overview

The StorageGRID Webscale SG5600 appliance is an integrated storage and computing platform that operates as a Storage Node in a StorageGRID Webscale grid.

The StorageGRID Webscale SG5600 appliance includes the following components:

Component Description
E5600SG controller Compute server

The E5600SG controller runs the Linux operating system and the StorageGRID Webscale software.

This controller connects to the following:
  • The Admin, Grid, and Client Networks for the StorageGRID Webscale system
  • The E2700 controller, using dual SAS paths (active/active) with the E5600SG controller operating as the initiator
E2700 controller Storage controller

The E2700 controller operates as a standard E-Series storage array in simplex mode, and runs the SANtricity operating system (controller firmware).

This controller connects to the following:
  • The management network where SANtricity Storage Manager is installed
  • The E5600SG controller, using dual SAS paths (active/active) with the E2700 controller operating as the target

The SG5600 appliance also includes the following components, depending on the model:

Component Model SG5612 Model SG5660
Drives 12 NL-SAS drives 60 NL-SAS drives
Enclosure DE1600 enclosure, a two rack-unit (2U) chassis that houses the drives and the controllers DE6600 enclosure, a four rack-unit (4U) chassis that houses the drives and the controllers
Power supplies and fans Two power-fan canisters Two power supplies and two fans
Note: The E5600SG controller controller is highly customized for use in the StorageGRID Webscale appliance. All other components operate as described in E-Series documentation, except as indicated in these instructions.

The maximum raw storage available on each StorageGRID Webscale appliance Storage Node is fixed, based on the appliance model and configuration. You cannot expand the available storage by adding a shelf with additional drives.