Technical Demo - SolidFire 5-Node Cluster Installation & Configuration

Watch this technical demo as SolidFire demonstrates how to take a 5-node cluster from out-of-the-box to installation and system configuration.

Video Transcription

Hello. My name is Derek Leslie, Senior Product Manager at SolidFire. In this video, I'm going to take 5 node SolidFire cluster from out of the box to installation and system configuration. Installation on a SolidFire cluster is incredibly fast and easy. I'll rack and cable the hardware and then configure all five nodes into a single cluster ready provision volumes. A single SolidFire cluster can grow from 5 to 100 nodes, while keeping performance and capacity evenly balanced across each node. With SF9010 at full scale, that's 3.4 petabytes and 7.5 million IOPS. Here I am installing a five node, 5 rack unit cluster into industry standard rack that has been pre-wired.

Each node comes with all 10 [inaudible 00:01:00] installed, so all I need to do after racking the cluster is insert 2 power cables, 2 1 gig Ethernet cables, and 2 10 gig Ethernet cables per node. Because the storage and management networks have been pre-configured, I just have to assign the IPs and cluster the nodes. I do this for all 5 nodes via terminal access and subsequently launch any of the nodes management IPs to create my cluster. I've selected to go to node ID 1 and you can see that all of the nodes are aware of one another and know that they belong to the same the cluster. This process will aggregate all of the nodes until a single SolidFire system. Now, I set the management and storage IPs, a username, and a password.

I select create cluster and then I am automatically forwarded to the cluster management UI. Once I'm in the cluster management UI, I'm immediately prompted to add all of the drives to the cluster. From here, the cluster is ready to begin provisioning volumes. As you can see, initial setup of the SolidFire system is incredibly simple. There's no need to configure RAID groups, LUNs, UPSs, pools, spares, or additional storage switches. Each node has a balanced amount of performance and capacity. In other videos, I'll show you how easy it is to linearly scale your SolidFire system non-disruptively through the addition of new nodes. To learn more about SolidFire and the world's fastest all flash array, visit and request a demo.

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