Commvault reference design specification for HPE Apollo 4200 GEN10

Introduction to Commvault HyperScale Software

With Commvault HyperScale™ Technology, you can build a unified, modern backup, recovery, and data management solution that delivers cloud-like services on premises. The purpose of this technical specification document is to detail the HPE Apollo 4200 Gen10 server components for the Commvault 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 products and data silos

By shifting the secondary storage, data management, and backup 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 limiting and legacy backup tools with a modern cloud-enabled data protection solution at the cost of replacing legacy purpose-built backup appliances (PBBA). More importantly, this architecture, which extends into the public cloud, allows enterprises to offer consistent sets of services to all workloads running on premises or in the public cloud, independent of the underlying infrastructure for true cloud-based backup, recovery, and data management solution.

Release candidate designation

This configuration is classified as a release candidate, which means it is not yet fully validated and is subject to change. However, it is built to the design specification with HPE and is intended to become the final reference design. Validated Reference Designs are developed to provide optimized costs and match performance requirements for every customer. Further testing is required before this configuration is fully validated and serves
as the final configuration that Commvault is currently testing against. This configuration is currently orderable for customer deployment and supported through Commvault support channels.

Reference design with HPE

HPE Apollo servers are purpose-built for large-scale deployment of a software-defined modernized infrastructure. The HPE Apollo 4200 Gen10 represents an ideal platform for Commvault HyperScale™ Software to expand and transform capabilities for customers in today’s evolving software-defined world. The ultra-dense and rack scale HPE Apollo 4200 Gen10 has a wide range of storage capacities to ensure scalability while streamlining acquisition and deployment, all in a 2U platform.

How to use this document

This document details the necessary design components of the Commvault HyperScale™ Technology architecture, providing the relevant key components required when configuring and purchasing 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 design of the Commvault HyperScale solution, however, and should be considered as a supplement specific to HPE.

HPE Apollo 4200 GEN10 Specification Summary

Core Components

Core components represent features of the build that do not change. They include chassis, CPU, memory and other critical elements that need to be ordered. Country-specific components such as power cables are not listed and can be changed as required.

Core componentsTechnical specification
Form factor2U Rackmount
Motherboard chipsetIntel® C621
ProcessorsIntel Xeon-Silver 4114
Memory256GB RAM (8x 32GB RDIMM)
NetworkingHPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 562SFP+
Storage controllerHPE Smart Array P816i-a SR Gen10

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 cycles and are typically beyond HPE’s or partner’s control.

Although these two configurations rely on slightly different components, they meet the required specifications for customer deployment. When selecting a configuration for deployment choose one of the following options, not both.

Boot/metadata configurationsTechnical specification

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 is able to accommodate.

When deploying nodes inside 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 each specific deployment.

Bill of materials (BOM)

This BOM represents the configuration supported as part of the Commvault Validated Reference Design Program. There are three main sections of this document: core components, data storage options, and optional components.

Data storage configurationTechnical specification
Data Storage/Storage Type

4TB, NL-SAS or SATA, 24 Drives
6TB, NL-SAS or SATA, 24 Drives
8TB, NL-SAS or SATA, 24 Drives
10TB, NL-SAS or SATA, 24 Drives
12TB, NL-SAS or SATA, 24 Drives

NOTE: Drive sizes and interfaces can change. Please view Data Store Options section.

Core components

Qty.Part numberDescription
1P07244-B21 HPE Apollo 4200 Gen10 24LFF Configure-to-order Server
1P08046-L21HPE Apollo 4200 Gen10 Intel Xeon-Silver 4114 (2.2GHz/10-core/85W) FIO Processor Kit
1P08046-B21HPE Apollo 4200 Gen10 Intel Xeon-Silver 4114 (2.2GHz/10-core/85W) Processor Kit
8815100-B21HPE 32GB (1x32GB) Dual Rank x4 DDR4-2666 CAS-19-19-19 Registered Smart Memory Kit
1P01367-B21 HPE 96W Smart Storage Battery (up to 20 Devices) with 260mm Cable Kit
2727055-B21 HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 562SFP+ Adapter
2865414-B21HPE 800W Flex Slot Platinum Hot Plug Low Halogen Power Supply Kit
1BD505AHPE iLO Advanced 1-server License with 3yr Support on iLO Licensed Features
1867809-B21HPE Gen10 2U Bezel Kit
1822731-B21HPE 2U Shelf-Mount Adjustable Rail Kit

Boot and metadata storage options

There are two configuration options for boot and metadata storage. Select only one option. All part numbers in the selected option are required.

Combined boot & metadata storage

Qty.Part numberDescription
1P07943-B21 HPE Apollo 4200 Gen10 4LFF Rear Cage Kit
1813546-B21 HPE 2nd Cage FIO Controller Mode for Rear Storage
4P09726-B21HPE 1.92TB SATA 6G Mixed Use LFF (3.5in) LPC 3yr Wty Digitally Signed Firmware SSD

Separate boot & metadata description

Qty.Part numberDescription
2P04474-B21HPE 480GB SATA 6G Read Intensive SFF (2.5in) SC 3yr Wty Digitally Signed Firmware SSD
1P07943-B21HPE Apollo 4200 Gen10 4LFF Rear Cage Kit
1813546-B21HPE 2nd Cage FIO Controller Mode for Rear Storage
1P10268-B21HPE 6.4TB NVMe x8 MU HH DS Card

Data storage options

For data storage, choose the appropriate part number and do not mix part numbers within a block. The drives listed for this configuration are 6Gbps SATA, but 12Gbps or NL-SAS variants of these drives are acceptable, and they may be deployed as part of this design. Currently all known variants of 6/12Gbps and NL-SAS/SATA drives are validated.

Qty.Part numberDescription
24861683-B21HPE 4TB SATA 6G Midline 7.2K LFF (3.5in) LP 1yr Wty Digitally Signed Firmware HDD
24861742-B21 HPE 6TB SATA 6G Midline 7.2K LFF (3.5in) LP 1yr Wty 512e HDD
24834028-B21 HPE 8TB SATA 6G Midline 7.2K LFF (3.5in) LP 1yr Wty 512e Digitally Signed Firmware HDD
24857650-B21HPE 10TB SATA 6G Midline 7.2K LFF (3.5in) LP 1yr Wty Helium 512e Digitally Signed Firmware HDD
24881787-B21HPE 12TB SATA 6G Midline 7.2K LFF (3.5in) LP 1yr Wty Helium 512e Digitally Signed Firmware HDD

Optional I/O add-on cards

Qty.Part numberDescription
1P9M76AHPE StoreFabric SN1600Q 32Gb Dual Port Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter
1Q0L12AHPE StoreFabric SN1600E 32Gb Dual Port Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter

Additional resources

Additional information regarding the HPE Apollo 4200 Gen10 can be found on HPE’s website at the following locations:

  • HPE Apollo 4200 Gen10 Server details and general configuration can be found at this link (US version).
  • HPE Apollo 4200 Gen10 Quick Specifications Guide can be found at this link (US version).

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