Commvault HyperScale™ Software on Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX2540 M5

Commvault validated Reference Design specification

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 Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX2540 M5 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 important, 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 Fujitsu 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 Fujistsu. 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 Fujitsu.

Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX2540 M5 specification summary

Server overview

Technical specifications
Form factor2U rack mount, 12 LFF drives
Motherboard chipsetIntel® C621
ProcessorsIntel® Xeon® Silver 4210
Memory 256GB RAM (8x 32GB RDIMM)

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. There have been times that specific hardware components, surrounding flash storage, have elongated order cycle times and are typically beyond Fujitsu’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 6TB block with a second 3 node 10TB 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 10GB ports are required for Commvault HyperScale installs, one for incoming data and one for storage communication between the nodes. It is recommended to have four ports, two for data and two 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 times where additional parts may be required depending on the environment and uses case. For example, optional I/O cards for SAS and Fiber Channel connectivity. The I/O cards below are validated and included as part of the design, the quantity and type of these I/O cards are customizable and there are multiple valid configurations possible.

SAS Connectivity is typically used for direct tape integration, while Fiber Channel cards are used for Commvault IntelliSnap® operations or tape libraries.

Bill of Materials

The Bill of Materials list 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.

Quantity Part Number Description
1S26361-K1655-V112 PY RX2540 M5 12x 3.5′
2S26361-F4082-E811 Intel Xeon Silver 4210R 10C 2.40 GHz
1S26361- F3849-E100Cooler Kit 2nd CPU
2S26361-F3694-E10Independent Mode Installation
8S26361- F4083-E33232GB (1x32GB) 2Rx4 DDR4-2933 R ECC
1 S26361-F3853-E304x REAR 2.5′ SAS/SATA HDD/SSD
2 S26361-F3842-E2 PSAS CP400i
2 S26113-F574-E13Modular PSU 800W platinum hp
2 T26139-Y1968-E250Cable power cord rack, 2.5m, black

Boot and metadata storage

Quantity Part Number Description
2S26361-F5809-E160 SSD SAS 12G 1.6TB Mixed-Use 2.5′ H-P EP, RAID5

Networking options

Quantity Part Number Description
1S26361-F3953-E211PLAN EM 2x 10GB SFP+OCP interface
1S26361-F3640-E202PLAN EP X710-DA2 2x10Gb SFP+ LP
SFP+ Module Multi Mode Fiber 10GbE LC

Data Storage options

Quantity Part Number Description
6 or 12S26361-F5626-E400HD SAS 12G 4TB 7.2K HOT PL 3.5′ BC
6 or 12 S26361-F5635-E600 HD SAS 12G 6TB 7.2K 512e HOT PL 3.5′ BC
6 or 12 S26361-F5635-E800HD SAS 12G 8TB 7.2K 512e HOT PL 3.5′ BC
6 or 12 S26361-F5571-E120 HD SAS 12G 12TB 7.2K 512e HOT PL 3.5′ BC
6 or 12 S26361-F5571-E140 HD SAS 12G 14TB 7.2K 512e HOT PL 3.5′ BC

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.

Optional I/O add-on cards

Quantity Part number Description
1S26361-F5580-E202PFC EP QLE2692 2x 16Gb Qlogic LP
1S26361-F3845-E201PSAS CP400e LP

Additional resources

Additional information regarding the FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY RX2540 can be found on the Fujitsu website. A couple of useful links have been included:

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