System setup

Before you can use your SolidFire storage system, you must install and configure the management node, configure the individual nodes, create a cluster, and add drives to the cluster.

The SolidFire storage system provisions storage using volumes. Volumes are block devices accessed over the network by iSCSI or Fibre Channel clients. Accounts enable clients to connect to volumes on a node. You must create accounts to be able to access the volumes on a node.

Your hardware must be racked, cabled, and powered on before you perform the system setup tasks. Instructions for setting up the hardware are included in the hardware shipment.

When setting up the SolidFire storage system, you must follow a specific order of operations to ensure that your nodes and clusters are configured correctly.

You can optionally set up Fibre Channel nodes, depending on your environment.