Controllers in the SG6000 appliances

Each model of the StorageGRID SG6000 appliance includes an SG6000-CN compute controller in a 1U enclosure and duplex E-Series storage controllers in a 2U or 4U enclosure, depending on the model. Review the diagrams to learn more about each type of controller.

All appliances: SG6000-CN compute controller

  • Provides compute resources for the appliance.
  • Includes the StorageGRID Appliance Installer.
    Note: StorageGRID 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 networks, including the Grid Network, the Admin Network, and the Client Network.
  • Connects to the E-Series storage 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.
3 BMC management port 1-GbE (RJ-45) Connect 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 port 1 1-GbE (RJ-45) Connect the SG6000-CN to the Admin Network for StorageGRID.
6 Admin Network port 2 1-GbE (RJ-45) Options:
  • Bond with management port 1 for a redundant connection to the Admin Network for StorageGRID.
  • Leave unwired and available for temporary local access (IP 169.254.0.1).
  • During installation, use port 2 for IP configuration if DHCP-assigned IP addresses are not available.

SG6060: 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 1 and 2 12Gb/s SAS Connect the ports to the drive expansion ports on the IOMs in the expansion shelf.

SGF6024: EF570 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 flash storage.

This figure shows the connectors on the back of each of the EF570 controllers.
EF570 Rear Connectors

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

Connect each of the EF570 controllers to the SG6000-CN controller.

There are four connections to the SG6000-CN controller (two from each EF570).
2 Diagnostic and support ports
  • RJ-45 serial port
  • Micro USB serial port
  • USB port
Reserved for technical support use.
3 Drive expansion ports 12Gb/s SAS Not used. The SGF6024 appliance does not support expansion drive shelves.
4 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.

SG6060: Input/output modules for optional expansion shelves

The expansion shelf contains two input/output modules (IOMs) that connect to the storage controllers or to other expansion shelves.
IOM Rear

  Port Type Use
1 Drive expansion ports 1-4 12Gb/s SAS Connect each port to the storage controllers or additional expansion shelf (if any).