System architecture

This diagram shows how grid nodes are arranged within a StorageGRID system.

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S3 and Swift clients store and retrieve objects in StorageGRID. Other clients are used to send email notifications, to access the StorageGRID management interface, and optionally to access the audit share.

S3 and Swift clients can connect directly to Storage Nodes using HTTPS. Alternatively, S3 and Swift clients can connect to a Gateway Node or an Admin Node, which provide a load-balancing interface to Storage Nodes.

Objects can be stored within StorageGRID on software or hardware-based Storage Nodes, on external archival media such as tape, or in Cloud Storage Pools, which consist of external S3 buckets or Azure Blob storage containers.