Overview and requirements

You must be familiar with the cabling requirements and considerations for E-Series controller shelves and supported drive shelves.

When to use this guide

This information is intended for a hardware installer or system administrator who is installing or expanding a storage system. It is assumed that you have installed the storage system as described in the Installation and Setup Instructions for your hardware.

Applicable hardware model

Information in this guide applies to the following hardware models.

Controller Shelf Drive Shelf
EF600 Not applicable.
E5724, EF570, E2812, E2824, EF280 DE212C, DE224C
E2860, E5760 DE460C

Additional cabling information

If you are cabling for the following configuration, see Adding IOM Drive Shelves to an Existing E27XX, E56XX, or EF560 Controller Shelf.

Controller Shelf Drive Shelf
E2712, E2724, E5612, E5624, EF560 DE212C, DE224C
E2760, E5660 DE460C

For information about other cabling options, see the E-Series Hardware Cabling Guide for older systems.

For information about cabling to support mirroring features, see the Synchronous and Asynchronous Mirroring Feature Descriptions and Deployment Guide.

Required components

In addition to controller shelves and drive shelves, you might need some or all of the following components when cabling your storage system:
  • Cables: SAS, Fibre Channel (FC), Ethernet, InfiniBand
  • Small form-factor pluggable (SFP) or Quad SFP (QSFP) transceivers
  • Switches
  • Host bus adapters (HBAs)
  • Host channel adapters (HCAs)
  • Network interface cards (NICs)