Commvault validated reference design specification for Huawei FusionServer 5288 V5

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 Huawei FusionSever 5288 V5 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 with 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.

Reference design with Huawei

The Huawei FusionServer servers improve upon their existing extensive portfolio of modern solutions to drive IT transformation in the data center. The Huawei FusionServer 5288 V5 represents a suited platform for Commvault’s HyperScale software to expand and transform capabilities for customers in today’s evolving software-defined world. The highly optimized Huawei FusionServer 5288 V5 will ensure that the acquisition, deployment, and upkeep are streamlined. The FusionServer 5288 V5 is a versatile server that is great for high performance computing while being in a very small foot print.

How to use this document

This document covers the design components of the HyperScale architecture, providing options for purchasing the infrastructure for a Commvault HyperScale solution. Commvault Validated Reference Designs deliver tested configurations with leading hardware vendor technology that provide validated designs complemented by best practice configurations 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 HyperScale solution, and should be considered as a supplement specific to the applicable hardware vendor.

Huawei FusionServer 5288 V5 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 specifications
Form factor4U Rackmount
Node form factorLarge Density – 24LFF
Motherboard chipsetIntel C622
ProcessorsIntel Xeon® Silver 4110
Memory256GB RAM (8x32GB RDIMM)
NetworkingLOM: 2x10GE + 2xGE ports
Intel 82599 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Storage controllerSR450C-M 2G (Avago3508) SAS/SATA RAID card
Optional I/O cards capableYes

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, Index Cache, and extents. This storage option can be either configured together as a single unit, or housed separately. At this time Huawei only has one storage option that can be used.

Boot/metadata configurationsTechnical specifications
Combined boot/metadata configuration4x 1920GB SATA SSD, 6Gbps – 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.

Data storage configurationTechnical specifications
Storage configuration – 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, Not supported at this time as per Huawei

Optional I/O add-on cards

The design includes all core components to work with Commvault’s 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 IntelliSnap operations or tape libraries.

Bill of materials

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

Qty.Part numberDescription
102312CLG5288 V5 (363.5-inch hard disk chassis, onboard 2GE+2*10GE optical ports (excluding optical modules)) H52H-05
202311TLFPAC900S12-BE AC power supply unit
202311XJTIntel Xeon 4110 (2.1GHz/8-core/11MB/85W) processor (with a radiator)
806200241DDR4 RDIMM Memory, 32GB, 2400MT/s, 2Rank (2G*4bit), 1.2V, ECC
102312DQDSR450C SAS/SATA RAID card, RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 50, 6, 60, 2GB Cache (Avago3508), supporting supercapacitor and sideband management
102311WDP3508/3516 RAID card supercapacitor
102311TWT1×8 (x16 slot) + 1×8 RISER3 module
102311TYP4*3.5 “rear hard disk backplane component
102310YHPEthernet adapter -10Gb optical port (Intel 82599) -dual ports -SFP+ (excluding optical modules) -PCIe 2.0 x8
402318169Optical Transceiver, SFP+,10G, Multi-mode Module (850nm,0.3km,LC)
1212404344 U Static Rail suite

Boot & metadata storage options

There are two options for Boot and Metadata storage configurations, select only one option.

Option 1 – combined boot/metadata storage

Qty.Part numberDescription
402312DYESolid state disk -1920GB-SATA 6Gb/s-read/write hybrid -5200 PRO series -2.5 inch (3.5-inch)

Data storage options

For Data Storage choose the appropriate configuration. The 6Gbps SATA Drives are listed for this configuration, should the customer wish to deploy either 12Gbps or NL-SAS variants of these drives they are considered validated as part of this design. Currently all know variants of 6/12Gbps and NL-SAS/SATA drives are validated.

Qty.Part numberDescription
2402311AYVFunction Module, Servers, HDD, 4000GB, SATA 6Gb/s, 7.2K rpm, 128MB cache or above, 3.5inch (3.5inch Drive Bay)
2402311DYQFunction Module, Servers, Hard Disk, 6000GB, SATA 6.0Gb/s, 7200rpm, 3.5 inch, 64 MB,Hot-swap
2402311JREFunction Module, Servers, Hard Disk, 8000GB, SATA 6.0Gb/s, 7200rpm, 3.5 inch, 128 MB, Hot-swap,
2402311SXEFunction Module, Servers, HDD, 10TB, SATA 6Gb/s, 7.2K rpm, 256MB,3.5inch

Optional I/O add-on cards

The Optional I/O cards are used for connectivity to tape and Fibre Channel connections. The quantity and type of these I/O cards is customizable, and there are multiple valid configurations. Specific cards can be housed in individual nodes and do not have to be matched identically across all nodes.

Qty.Part numberDescription
106030220Qlogic, FC HBA, 8Gb (QLE2562), 2-Port, SFP+
(with 2x Multi-mode Optical Transceiver), PCIe 2.0 x4
106030217Emulex, FC HBA, 8Gb (LPe12002), 2-Port, SFP+
(with 2x Multi-mode Optical Transceiver), PCIe 2.0 X4|PCIe 1.0 x8