Installation overview

Installing a StorageGRID system in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) or CentOS Linux environment includes three primary steps.

  1. Preparation: During planning and preparation, you perform the following tasks:
    • Learn about the CPU, network, and storage requirements for StorageGRID.
    • Identify and prepare the physical or virtual servers you plan to use to host your StorageGRID grid nodes.
    • On the servers you have prepared:
      • Install Linux
      • Configure the host network
      • Configure host storage
      • Install Docker
      • Install the StorageGRID host services
  2. Deployment: Deploy grid nodes using the appropriate user interface. When you deploy grid nodes, they are created as part of the StorageGRID system and connected to one or more networks.
    1. You use the Linux command line to deploy virtual grid nodes on the hosts you prepared in Step 1.
    2. You use the StorageGRID Appliance Installer to deploy StorageGRID appliance nodes.
  3. Configuration: When all nodes have been deployed, you use the StorageGRID Grid Manager to configure the grid and complete the installation.
This document recommends a standard approach for deploying and configuring a StorageGRID system. It also provides information about the following alternative approaches: