Controllers in the SG6000 appliance

The SG6060 model of the StorageGRID Webscale SG6000 appliance includes an SG6000-CN compute controller in a 1U enclosure and two E2800 storage controllers in a 4U, 60-drive controller shelf. Review the diagrams to learn more about each type of controller.

SG6000-CN compute controller

  • Provides compute resources for the appliance.
  • Includes the StorageGRID Appliance Installer.
    Note: StorageGRID Webscale software is not preinstalled on the appliance. This software is retrieved from the Admin Node when you deploy the appliance.
  • Can connect to all three StorageGRID Webscale networks, including the Grid Network, the Admin Network, and the Client Network.
  • Connects to the two E2800 controllers and operates as the initiator.

This figure shows the connectors on the back of the SG6000-CN.


SG6000-CN Rear Connectors
  Port Type Use
1 Interconnect ports 1-4 16-Gb/s Fibre Channel (FC), with integrated optics Connect the SG6000-CN controller to the E2800 controllers (two connections to each E2800).
2 Network ports 1-4 10-GbE or 25-GbE, based on cable or SFP transceiver type, switch speed, and configured link speed Connect to the Grid Network and the Client Network for StorageGRID Webscale.
3 BMC management port 1-GbE (RJ-45) Connects to the SG6000-CN baseboard management controller.
4 Diagnostic and support ports
  • VGA
  • Serial, 115200 8-N-1
  • USB
Reserved for technical support use.
5 Admin Network ports 1 and 2 1-GbE (RJ-45)
  • The left (primary) port connects the SG6000-CN to the Admin Network for StorageGRID Webscale.
  • The right port can be used to connect the SG6000-CN to a service laptop during installation, if a DHCP assigned IP address is not available for the primary Admin Network port.

E2800 storage controllers

  • Two controllers for failover support.
  • Manage the storage of data on the drives.
  • Function as standard E-Series controllers in a duplex configuration.
  • Include SANtricity OS Software (controller firmware).
  • Include SANtricity System Manager for monitoring storage hardware and for managing alerts, the AutoSupport feature, and the Drive Security feature.
  • Connect to the SG6000-CN controller and provide access to the storage.

This figure shows the connectors on the back of each of the E2800 controllers.


Connectors on E2800 controller
  Port Type Use
1 Interconnect ports 1 and 2 16-Gb/s FC optical SFP+

Connect each of the E2800 controllers to the SG6000-CN controller.

There are four connections to the SG6000-CN controller (two from each E2800).
2 Management ports 1 and 2 1-Gb (RJ-45) Ethernet
  • Port 1 connects to the network where you access SANtricity System Manager on a browser.
  • Port 2 is reserved for technical support use.
3 Diagnostic and support ports
  • RJ-45 serial port
  • Micro USB serial port
  • USB port
Reserved for technical support use.
4 Drive expansion ports 12Gb/s SAS Not used. StorageGRID Webscale appliances do not support expansion drive shelves.