Commvault validated reference design specification for Cisco UCS S3260 M4

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 Cisco® UCS® S3260 M4 Storage Server 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.

Commvault HyperScale™ Software on Cisco® UCS® S3260 M4

Bringing a scale-out infrastructure to the Commvault Data Platform, Commvault HyperScale™ Technology integrates with storage arrays, hypervisors, applications and the full range of cloud provider solutions to support the most diverse and dynamic environments.

Reference design with Cisco

Cisco UCS S3260 M4 Storage Server is a modular dual-node server that provides architectural flexibility and is well-suited for high-capacity storage and I/O intensive workloads. Cisco UCS S3260 M4 Storage Servers can house two (2) nodes in an individual chassis, this density allows for two (2) Commvault HyperScale™ nodes to be housed in a single chassis. Cisco UCS S3260 M4 Storage Servers can be deployed as standalone servers or as part of the Cisco Unified Computing System to take advanced of Cisco standards-based unified computing innovations that help reduce customers’ total cost of ownership and increase business agility. The UCS S3260 M4 represents a suited platform for Commvault HyperScale™ Software to expand and transform capabilities for customers in today’s evolving software-defined world.

How to use this document

This document covers the design components of the Commvault HyperScale™ Software 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 Cisco.

Cisco UCS S3260 M4 specification summary

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 factor 4U Rackmount
Node form factor Large Density – Single or Dual Node Capable
Motherboard chipset Intel® C610
Processors Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2650 v4
Memory 256GB RAM (8x 32GB RDIMM)
Networking Cisco VIC 1300 Dual Port 40Gb QSFP CNA
Storage controller Cisco 12G Modular SAS RAID

Boot & metadata storage options

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

Boot/metadata configurationsTechnical specification
Separate Boot/Metadata
Boot Storage
Metadata Storage
2x 480GB SATA SSD, RAID1
4x Cisco 1.6TB 3DWPD SSD Drives, RAID5

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 underutilized 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.

Boot/metadata configurationsTechnical specification
Separate Boot/Metadata
Boot Storage
Metadata Storage
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

Bill of materials

Commvault has partnered with Cisco to create Solution IDs which are pre-validated Bill of Materials (BOMs) that allows easy quoting by Cisco or a Cisco Reseller while ensuring the configurations are validated and consistent. These Solution IDs include the core hardware components for the Commvault HyperScale™ architectures, items such as power cords and country specific region kits are required as part of the ordering process through the Cisco Commerce Workspace (CCW) website.