Commvault® Validated Reference Design Specification

Commvault HyperScale™ Software on DELL EMC® PowerEdge® R740XD2

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 R740xd2 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 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.

Release candidate 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 designed to provide optimized costs and match performance requirements for every customer. Commvault collaborates with each hardware vendor 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 hardware vendor.

This configuration is currently orderable for customer deployment and supported through Commvault support channels.

Reference design with DELL EMC

The Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers improve upon their existing extensive portfolio of modern solutions to drive IT transformation in the data center. The PowerEdge R740xd2 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 PowerEdge R740xd2 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 sub-section 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 the applicable hardware vendor.

DELL PowerEdge R740XD2 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 components Technical specification
Form factor2U Rackmount
Motherboard chipsetIntel® C620
ProcessorsIntel® Xeon® Silver 4210R – 10 Core
Memory 256 GB RAM (8x 32 GB RDIMM)
Storage controllerDell PERC H730P

Networking options

Network configurations Quantity Technical specification
25 Gb2Intel XXV710 Dual port 25 GbE SFP28 PCIe adapter

Boot and metadata storage options

Boot storage houses the operating system and core HyperScale binaries, while the Metadata storage provides caching areas for such operations as deduplication, indexing, and extents.

Boot/Metadata configurations Technical specification
Separate boot/Metadata
Boot storage 2x 480 GB M.2 sticks – RAID1
Metadata storage1x Dell 6.4 TB NVMe, PCIe HHHL

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 configuration Technical specification
Storage configuration – Data storage 4TB, NL-SAS or SATA, 24 Drives
Storage type6TB, 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
14 TB, NL-SAS or SATA, 24 Drives

Note: Drive sizes and interfaces can change. Not all drive sizes are available from all vendors. Please view Data Storage Options section below.

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 Fiber 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 Fiber Channel cards are used for 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.

Core components

Quantity Part number Description
1[210-ARCU]PowerEdge R740xd2 server
1[321-BDXY] Chassis Config 0, 24×3.5” HDD, Single PERC, for Riser Config 1 or 4
1[338-BSDH]Intel Xeon Silver 4210 2.2G, 10C/20T, 9.6GT/s , 13.75M Cache, Turbo, HT (85W) DDR4-2400
1[338-BSDH]Intel Xeon Silver 4210 2.2G, 10C/20T, 9.6GT/s , 13.75M Cache, Turbo, HT (85W) DDR4-2400
1 [405-AAND]PERC H730P Controller card
1 [370-ADNU] 2666MT/s RDIMMs
1[370-AAIP] Performance optimized
8[370-ADNF]32GB RDIMM, 2666MT/s, Dual rank
1[780-BCDS]C7, Unconfigured RAID for HDDs or SSDs (Mixed Drive Types Allowed)
1[542-BBBP]On-Board LOM
1[385-BBKT]iDRAC9, Enterprise
1[330-BBMT]Riser Config 4, Butterfly – 1xFH+4xLP, Dual CPU, R740xd2
2[540-BCCM]Intel XXV710 Dual Port 25GbE SFP28 PCIe adapter, Low profile
1[450-ADWM]Dual, Hot-plug, Redundant power apply (1+1), 1100W

Boot & metadata storage options

Below is the option for boot and metadata storage. All part numbers in the selected option are required.

Option Quantity Part number Description
Separate boot & metadata storage 1[403-BBSV] BOSS controller card + with 2 M.2 Sticks 480GB (RAID 1),FH
Separate boot & metadata storage 1[403-BCCG] Dell 6.4TB, NVMe, Mixed use express flash, HHHL AIC, PM1725b, DIB

Note: At the time of this writing some NVMe PCIe cards can only be fulfilled through field installation. Dell does not offer factory installation for these PCIe cards and they will require field/customer installation. Warranty/Support is not affected as per Dell.

Data storage options

For data storage, choose the appropriate part number and do not mix part numbers within a block. Some drives listed for this configuration are 6Gbps SATA, but should 12Gbps or NL-SAS variants of these drives become available, they can be de-ploy as they are also considered validated as part of this design. Currently all known variants of 6/12Gbps and NL-SAS/SATA drives are validated.

Quantity Part number Description
24[400-ASIE]4TB 7.2K RPM SATA 6 Gbps 512n 3.5 in Hot-plug hard drive
24[400-ASIF]8TB 7.2K RPM SATA 6 Gbps 512e 3.5 in Hot-plug hard drive
24[400-AWIP]12TB 7.2K RPM NLSAS 12Gbps 512e 3.5 in Hot-Plug hard drive

Note: At the time of this writing, Dell does not offer any 6TB or 10TB drive variants through their ordering system. Should 6TB or 10TB drives become available, they are considered a validated configuration option.

Optional I/O add-on cards

Quantity Part number Description
1[403-BBLR]Emulex LPe31002-M6-D Dual Port 16Gb Fibre channel HBA, LP
1[403-BBMT]QLogic 2692 Dual Port 16Gb Fibre channel HBA, LP

Note: Due to slot constraints in this server, if fiber connectivity is required one of the IntelXXv710 Dual Port NICs MUST be removed and a fiber card put in its place. While this is a valid working configuration, this will remove the NIC redundancy.

Additional resources

Additional information regarding the Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd2 can be found on the Dell website. A few useful links have been included: