Commvault® Reference Design Specification

Commvault HyperScale™ Software on Dell EMC® PowerEdge® R740xd

Introduction to Commvault HyperScale Software

With Commvault HyperScale™ Technology, you can build a unified, modern data protection and management platform that delivers cloud-like services on-premises. The purpose of this technical specification is to detail the Dell EMC PowerEdge R740XD server components for the Commvault validated reference design. By building these services on a scale-out infrastructure and leveraging Commvault capabilities, you’ll enable:

  • Cloud-like agility, resiliency and availability to on-premises data and applications
  • Greater end-user efficiency through automation and self-service capabilities
  • Improved hardware utilization and optimized costs from general-purpose hardware
  • Seamless storage scalability with predictable performance without requiring forklift upgrades
  • Better, more secure data protection, utilization and movement by eliminating point product and data silos

By shifting the secondary storage and data management infrastructure to this architecture, enterprises can go a long way in transforming their data centers to be as operationally efficient, resilient and scalable as public cloud infrastructure. Lower hardware costs, operational efficiencies and simplified support allows the replacement of limited and legacy backup tools with a modern cloud enabled data management solution at the cost of replacing legacy purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA). More importantly, this architecture, which extends into public cloud, allows enterprises to offer consistent sets of services to all workloads running on premises or in public cloud, independent of the underlying infrastructure for true cloud-based data management.

General availability designation

This configuration is classified as general availability design, meaning it has been tested and validated as per the Commvault Validated Reference Design Program. This configuration is subject to change due to updated part numbers or replacement hardware due to hardware life cycle. Validated reference designs are developed to provide optimized costs and match performance requirements for every customer. Commvault collaborates with Dell EMC to create fully supported design specifications. Substitutions or modifications to validated design specifications could result in unsupported configurations. Any substitutions or modifications to validated configurations must be approved by both Commvault and Dell EMC. This configuration is currently orderable for customer deployment and supported through Commvault support channels.

How to use this document

This document details the necessary design components of the Commvault HyperScale™ Technology architecture, providing the key components required when purchasing and configuring the infrastructure for a Commvault HyperScale™ Software solution. Commvault reference designs deliver validated configurations with leading hardware vendor technology that provide validated designs complemented by best practices that will accelerate ROI, reduce complexity, and add customer value.

The document is broken into a high-level component section detailing the configuration and specific component options that can be selected to satisfy storage capacity and density requirements. Each subsection provides guidance for ordering configurations.

This document does not cover overall architecture and design of the Commvault HyperScale solution, and should be considered as a supplement specific to Dell EMC.

Dell EMC Model specification summary

Server overview

Technical specifications Technical specifications
Form factor 2U Rack Mount
Motherboard chipsetIntel C620 Series
ProcessorsIntel® Xeon® Silver 4210R
Memory 256 GB RAM (8x 32 GB RDIMM)
Total slots and form factor (2) FH, Full Length x 8 slots, (1) FH half- length x 8 slot, (1) LP half – length x 16 slot

Boot and metadata storage options

Boot storage houses the operating system and core Commvault HyperScale binaries, while the metadata storage provides caching areas for such operations as deduplication, indexing, and extents. Boot and metadata can be either configured together as a single unit or housed separately. There have been times that specific hardware components, surrounding flash storage, have elongated order cycle times and are typically beyond Dell EMC’s or partner’s control.

Data storage options

Data storage houses the data footprint for the customer environment. Data storage configuration directly impacts the amount of data that each node can accommodate.

When deploying nodes inside of the same block (e.g. 3-node initial configuration), choose identical hard disk drives (HDDs). If the nodes in a block have different HDD sizes, the lowest size will be chosen for the data storage, which would lead to wasted resources on nodes with larger HDDs.

Separate node blocks in the same grid may use different HDDs (e.g. mixing a 3 node 6 TB block with a second 3 node 10 TB block in the same grid).

Overall sizing and retention varies per customer and therefore is beyond the scope of this document. Please refer to Commvault HyperScale Technology sizing documentation to determine the drive size (and node quantity) required for the specific deployment.

Commvault HyperScale nodes can optionally be initially deployed with partially filled HDD slots. As additional storage is required, nodes can be scaled vertically by filling empty HDD slots. Initial deployment and vertical scaling must be done in multiples of 6 drives per node. All nodes within a block must have the same number of HDD and must scale vertically at the same rate (e.g. start a block of 3 nodes with 6 of 24 drive slots filled in all nodes; expand all three nodes simultaneously by adding 6 drives to each node).

Networking options

A minimum of two (2) 10 GB ports are required for Commvault HyperScale installs, 1 for incoming data and 1 for storage communication between the nodes. It is recommended to have 4 ports, 2 for data and 2 for storage for failover and redundancy. These builds have been designed with this recommendation.

Optional I/O add-on cards

The design includes all core components to work with Commvault HyperScale Technology. There are specific instances where additional I/O connectivity is desired as part of the overall solution. Optional I/O cards for SAS and fibre channel connectivity are validated and included as part of the design.

SAS connectivity is typically used for direct tape integration, while fibre channel cards are used for Commvault IntelliSnap® operations or tape libraries.

Bill of Materials

The Bill of materials lists all components required to configure Commvault HyperScale nodes. Each component has been tested and validated. Substitutions cannot be supported. Country-specific components such as power cables are not listed and can be changed as required.

QuantityPart numberDescription
1210-AKZRPowerEdge R740xd Server

PowerEdge R740/R740XD
Chassis with up to 12×3.5″ HDDs on
BP, No Mid-Bay and 4×2.5″ HDDs Flexbay, 1 or 2 CPU Config
1461-AADZ No Trusted Platform Module
2338-BVKDIntel Xeon Silver 4210R 2.4G, 10C/20T, 9.6GT/s, 13.75M Cache,
Turbo, HT (100W) DDR4-2400
2412-AAIQStandard 1U Heatsink
1370-AEPP2933MT/s RDIMMs
1780-BCDSUn-configured RAID
1405-AAQUPERC H730P RAID Controller, 2 GB NV Cache, Minicard
1385-BBKTiDRAC9, Enterprise
1330-BBHGRiser Config 2, 3 x8, 1 x16 slots
1384-BBPZ6 Performance Fans for R740/740XD
1450-ADWS Dual, Hot-plug, Redundant Power Supply (1+1), 750W
1325-BCHUPowerEdge 2U Standard Bezel
1384-BBBLPerformance BIOS Settings
1800-BBDM UEFI BIOS Boot Mode with GPT Partition
1770-BBBR ReadyRails Sliding Rails With Cable Management Arm
8370-AEQH32 GB RDIMM, 2933MT/s, Dual Rank

Boot and metadata storage options

Quantity Part number Description
BOSS controller card + with 2 M.2 Sticks 480GB (RAID 1),FH
960 GB SSD SATA Mix Use 6 Gbps 512 2.5in Flex Bay AG Drive, 3 DWPD, 5256 TBW

Networking Options (pick one only)

Option 1

Quantity Part numberDescription
1540-BBVKBroadcom 57414 Dual Port 10/25 GbE SFP28 Adapter, PCIe, LP
1540-BBUM Broadcom 57414 Dual Port 10/25 GbE SFP28, rNDC

Option 2

QuantityPart numberDescription
1555-BCKP Intel X710 Quad Port 10 GbE SFP+ rNDC

Data Storage Options

Quantity Part numberDescription
12 400-ASIF 8 TB 7.2K RPM SATA 6 Gbps 512e 3.5 in Hot-plug Hard Drive
12 400-ASIG10 TB 7.2K RPM SATA 6 Gbps 512e 3.5 in Hot-plug Hard Drive
12400-AWMU 12 TB 7.2K RPM SATA 6 Gbps 512e 3.5 in Hot-plug Hard Drive
12400-BEHY14 TB 7.2K RPM SATA 6 Gbps 512e 3.5 in Hot-plug Hard Drive

NOTE: While SATA drives are listed here, SATA, NL-SAS and SAS variants are all valid.

Additional add-on cards

Note: Smaller form factor cards can fit in larger form factor slots, however larger form factor cards cannot fit into smaller form factor slots. For example, an x4 size card can fit in an x8 size slot, however an x8 size card cannot fit in an x4 size slot.

Free slots available

The slots below are the remaining free slots available for use in the server after the core components have been installed. Please ensure any additional cards added will physically fit in the server.

Quantity Form factor
2FH x8 slots

Optional I/O add-on cards

Quantity Part numberDescription
1403-BBMQ QLogic 2692 Dual Port 16 GB Fibre Channel HBA, PCIe Full Height
1403-BBLU Emulex LPE 31002 Dual Port 16 GB Fibre Channel HBA, PCIe Full Height
1405-AAEB SAS 12 Gbps HBA External Controller

Additional resources

Additional information regarding the Dell EMC PowerEdge R740XD can be found on the Dell EMC website. A couple of useful links have been included:

  • Dell PowerEdge R740xd Rack Server details and general configuration can be found at this link (U.S. version)
  • Dell PowerEdge R740xd Technical Specifications Guide can be found at this link (U.S. version)
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