Commvault® validated reference design specification for HPE® Proliant® DL380 GEN10

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 HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 infrastructure 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.

Release candidate designation

This configuration is classified as a release candidate, meaning it is not yet fully validated and could change; however, it is built to the design specification with HPE and is expected to become the final reference design. Validated Reference Designs are designed to provide optimized costs and match performance requirements for every customer.

Further testing is required before this configuration is fully validated it is built to the design specification with HPE and serves as the 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 ProLiant servers are designed to simplify Hybrid IT by providing the agility of a modernized infrastructure, with the 10th generation servers improving upon their existing extensive portfolio of modern solutions. The ProLiant DL380 Gen10 represents a suited platform for Commvault HyperScale™ Software to expand and transform capabilities for customers in today’s evolving software-defined world. The highly optimized ProLiant DL380 Gen10 has a number of options to ensure that the acquisition, deployment, and upkeep are streamlined.

How to use this document

This document covers the design components of the Commvault HyperScale™ architecture, providing options for purchasing the infrastructure for a Commvault HyperScale™ Software solution. Commvault Validated Reference Designs deliver tested 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 out the configuration and specific component options that can be selected depending on the storage density, metadata, and optional I/O components that are required. 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 HPE.

HPE Proliant DL380 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® C620
ProcessorsIntel® Xeon® Silver 4110
Memory256GB RAM (8x 32GB RDIMM)
NetworkingHPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 562SFP+ Adapter
HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 562FLR-SFP+ Adapter
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. Two storage options have been included as part of this build as there have been times that specific hardware components, surrounding flash storage, have elongated order cycles and are typically beyond the vendor’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.

While both configuration options meet the required performance requirements, at the time of this writing, there is an economic advantage with the first option and should be considered as the primary choice.

Boot/metadata configurationsTechnical specification
Option 1 – combined boot/metadata configuration4x 960GB SATA SSD, 6Gbps – RAID5
Option 2 – separate boot/metadata boot storage
2x 480GB SATA SD, 6Gbps – RAID1
1x HPE 3.2TB PCIe x8 Lanes Mixed Use HHHL
3yr Warranty Digitally Signed Firmware Card

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 in the solution is able to store.

When deploying nodes inside of the same block (e.g. 3 node initial configuration), choose identical 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™ sizing documentation to determine the drive size (and node quantity) required for the specific deployment.

Data storage configurationTechnical specification
Storage configuration – data storage
Storage type
4TB, NL-SAS or SATA, 12 Drives
6TB, NL-SAS or SATA, 12 Drives
8TB, NL-SAS or SATA, 12 Drives
10TB, NL-SAS or SATA, 12 Drives
12TB, NL-SAS or SATA, 12 Drives

Optional I/O add-on cards

The design includes all core components to work with Commvault HyperScale™ Technology. There are specific times 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, 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 fibre channel cards are used for Commvault IntelliSnap® operations or tape libraries.

Bill of materials

This bill of materials represents the configuration being validated as part of the Commvault Validated Reference Design Program. There are four main sections of this document. Core Components, Data Storage Options, Metadata Storage Options, and Optional Components.

Qty.Part numberDescription
1868705-B21HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 12LFF Configure-to-order Server
1868705-B21 ABAHPE DL380 Gen10 12LFF CTO Server
1826846-L21HPE DL380 Gen10 Intel Xeon-Silver 4110 (2.1GHz/8-core/85W)
FIO Processor Kit
1826846-B21HPE DL380 Gen10 Intel Xeon-Silver 4110 (2.1GHz/8-core/85W)
Processor Kit
8815100-B21HPE 32GB (1x32GB) Dual Rank x4 DDR4-2666 CAS-19-19-19
Registered Smart Memory Kit
1727055-B21HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 562SFP+ Adapter
1P01366-B21HPE 96W Smart Storage Battery (up to 20 Devices/145mm
Cable) Kit
1804338-B21HPE Smart Array P816i-a SR Gen10 (16 Internal Lanes/4GB
Cache/SmartCache) 12G SAS Modular Controller
1727054-B21 HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 562FLR-SFP+ Adapter
2865408-B21HPE 500W Flex Slot Platinum Hot Plug Low Halogen Power
Supply Kit
1E6U64ABEHPE iLO Advanced Electronic License with 3yr Support on iLO
Licensed Features
1826687-B21 HPE DL38X Gen10 2SFF Premium HDD Front NVMe or
Front/Rear SAS/SATA Kit

Boot & 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.

Option 1 – combined boot/metadata storage

Qty.Part numberDescription
4P04564-B21HPE 960GB SATA 6G Read Intensive SFF (2.5in) SC 3yr Wty Digitally Signed Firmware SSD
1826688-B21HPE DL38X Gen 10 2SFF HDD SAS/SATA Riser Kit
1830824-B21HPE Smart Array P408i-p SR Gen10 12G SAS PCIe Plug-in Controller

Option 2 – separate boot & metadata storage

Qty.Part numberDescription
2P04474-B21HPE 480GB SATA 6G Read Intensive SFF (2.5in) SC 3yr Warranty Digitally
Signed Firmware SSD
1877827-B21HPE 3.2TB PCIe x8 Lanes Mixed Use HHHL 3yr Warranty Digitally Signed Firmware 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 should 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
12872491-B21HPE 4TB SATA 6G 7.2K LFF HDD
12861750-B21 HPE 6TB SATA 6G Midline 7.2K LFF (3.5in) SC 1yr Wty 512e HDD
12819203-B21HPE 8TB SATA 6G Midline 7.2K LFF (3.5in) SC 1yr Wty 512e Digitally Signed Firmware HDD
12857648-B21 HPE 10TB SATA 6G Midline 7.2K LFF (3.5in) SC 1yr Wty Helium 512e Digitally Signed Firmware HDD
12881785-B21HPE 12TB SATA 6G Midline 7.2K LFF (3.5in) SC 1yr Wty Helium 512e Digitally Signed Firmware HDD

Optional I/O add-on cards

Qty.Part numberDescription
1P9D94A HPE StoreFabric SN1100Q 16Gb Dual Port Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter
1Q0L14A HPE StoreFabric SN1200E 16Gb Dual Port Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter

Additional resources

Additional information regarding the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 can be found on the HPE website. A few useful links have been included:

  • HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Rack Server details and general configuration can be found at this link (US version).
  • HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Technical Specifications Guide can be found at this link (US version).