Cabling overview

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You can cable a host directly to a controller or use switches to connect a host to a controller.

If your storage system includes one or more drive shelves, you must cable them to your controller shelf. You can add a new drive shelf while power is still applied to other components of the storage system. In addition, you can connect your storage system to a network for out-of-band management.

The cabling 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

Cabling information applies to the following hardware models.

Controller Shelf Drive Shelf

EF300, EF600

DE212C, DE224C, DE460

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.