Commvault HyperScale™ Software on Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650

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 Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 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 Lenovo 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 Lenovo. 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 Lenovo.

Server overview

Technical specifications

Form factor2U 12 Drive, Dual CPU Rack Mount Server
Motherboard chipsetIntel® C624
ProcessorsIntel® Xeon® Silver 4210
Memory256GB 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. 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 Lenovo’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 2 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 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 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.

QuantityPart numberDescription
1AUVWThinkSystem SR650 3.5″ Chassis with 8 or 12 bays
2B7N5Intel Xeon Silver 4210R 10C 100W 2.4GHz Processor
8B4H3ThinkSystem 32GB TruDDR4 2933MHz (2Rx4 1.2V) RDIMM
1AUR9ThinkSystem 2U 3.5″ SATA/SAS 12-Bay Backplane
1AURZThinkSystem SR590/SR650 Rear HDD/SSD Kit
1AUNMThinkSystem 430-16i SAS/SATA 12Gb HBA
1AUMVThinkSystem M.2 with Mirroring Enablement Kit
1AURCThinkSystem SR550/SR590/SR650 (x16/x8)/(x16/x16) PCIe FH Riser 2 Kit
2AVWDThinkSystem 750W(230/115V) Platinum Hot-Swap Power Supply

Boot and metadata storage

QuantityPart numberDescription
2B11VThinkSystem M.2 5100 480GB SATA 6Gbps Non-Hot Swap SSD
1B4A5ThinkSystem 3.5″ PM1645 3.2TB Mainstream SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD

Networking options (select only 1 if more than 1 option)

QuantityPart numberDescription
1AUKKThinkSystem 10Gb 4-port SFP+ LOM

Data Storage options

QuantityPart numberDescription
6 or 12AUU8ThinkSystem 3.5″ 4TB 7.2K SATA 6Gb Hot Swap 512n HDD
6 or 12AUUAThinkSystem 3.5″ 6TB 7.2K SATA 6Gb Hot Swap 512e HDD
6 or 12AUU9ThinkSystem 3.5″ 8TB 7.2K SATA 6Gb Hot Swap 512e HDD
6 or 12AUUBThinkSystem 3.5″ 10TB 7.2K SATA 6Gb Hot Swap 512e HDD
6 or 12B118ThinkSystem 3.5″ 12TB 7.2K SATA 6Gb Hot Swap 512e HDD
6 or 12B497ThinkSystem 3.5″ 14TB 7.2K SATA 6Gb Hot Swap 512e HDD

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

QuantityPart numberDescription
1ATZVEmulex 16Gb Gen6 FC Dual-port HBA
1AUNRThinkSystem 430-8e SAS/SATA 12Gb HBA

Additional resources

Additional information regarding the Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 can be found on the Lenovo website. A couple of useful links have been included:

Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 Product Guide