HDPS HyperScale powered by Commvault reference design with Equus

Hitachi Data Protection Suite (HDPS) HyperScale powered by Commvault with Equus D2760 servers

With HDPS HyperScale powered by Commvault, 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 Equus D2760 rack server requirements for the Commvault Validated Reference Design.

By building these services on a scale-out infrastructure and leveraging HDPS’s capabilities, you’ll enable:

  • Cloud-like agility, resilience and availability to data and applications on-premises.
  • Greater end-user efficiency through automation and self-service capabilities.
  • Improved hardware utilization and optimized costs due to general-purpose hardware.
  • Seamless storage scalability with predictable performance without the need for forklift upgrades.
  • Better data protection through elimination of point products 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 for the replacement of limited and legacy backup tools with a modern cloud-enabled data management solution. 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 public cloud, independent of the underlying infrastructure for a true cloud-based data management platform.

Release candidate designation

This configuration is classified as a release candidate, meaning it is not yet fully validated and is subject to change. However, it is built to the design specification with the vendor and is expected to become the final reference design. Commvault Validated Reference Designs are configured to provide a resilient and optimally performing platform at a reduced cost for the desired storage capacity.

Further testing is required before this configuration is fully validated but it is built to the design specification with the vendor and serves as the configuration that Commvault software is currently testing against.

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

Reference design with Equus D2760 servers

The Equus D2760 rack server is well-suited for supporting workloads such as HDPS HyperScale powered by Commvault. The optimized configuration accommodates various component level flexibilities to support all features and use-cases required by customers, while also reducing customers’ total cost of ownership (TCO) with increased business agility.

How to use this document

This document covers the design components of the architecture for HDPS HyperScale powered by Commvault, providing options for purchasing the infrastructure for a Commvault HyperScale™ Software solution. Commvault Validated Reference Designs deliver tested configurations with leading hardware vendor platforms 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 depending on the storage density, metadata, and optional I/O components that are required. Each subsection provides guidance for ordering.

This document does not cover overall architecture and design of the HDPS HyperScale powered by Commvault and should be considered as a supplement specific to the particular hardware vendor.

Equus D2760 servers 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 factor2U Rackmount
Motherboard chipsetIntel® C620 series
ProcessorsIntel® Xeon® Silver 4114 – 10 Core (Skylake)
Memory256GB RAM (8x32GB RDIMM)
Storage controllerLSI 9361-8i

Networking options

Network configurationQty.Technical specification
25/10Gb Dual Port1Mellanox MCX4121A-ACAT SFP28 PCIe Card Adapter
25/10Gb Dual Port1Mellanox MCX4421A-ACQN SFP28 OCP PCIe Card Adapter

Boot and metadata storage

Boot devices house the operating system (OS) and core Commvault HyperScale binaries, while the metadata storage provides caching areas for such operations as deduplication, indexing, and extents.

Boot/metadata configurationTechnical specification
Separate Boot/Metadata Boot Storage
Metadata Storage
2x Micron 5200 Max 480GB SATA SSD – RAID1 1x Micron 9200 PRO 6.4TB U.2 2.5

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 HDPS HyperScale powered by Commvault, choose identical node configuration, including hard disk drives (HDDs) density and quantity, within the block of nodes. 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 software sizing documentation to determine the drive size (and node quantity) required for the specific deployment.

Data storage configurationTechnical specification
Storage Configuration –
Data Storage and 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. 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 required for HDPS HyperScale powered by Commvault. There are instances when 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® technology 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

Qty.Part numberDescription
1CS1437EQUUS D2760 SERVERS Server with 24×3.5″ HDD, 4×2.5″ SSD, Dual 850W
1MB8201Dual Xeon Scalable Motherboard
1RC50202U PCIe3.0 Riser Card Left x16/x0/x8 or x8/x8/x8(MUX)
1RC50212U PCIe3.0 Riser Card Right x16/X0/X8 or X8/X8/X8(MUX)
2CP9309Intel Xeon Silver 4114 2.2GHz 11MB 10C/20T
2FN4141Heat Sink 2U LGA 3647
8RM322232GB DDR4 2666 ECC REG
1DC7206LSI 9361-8i – 8Port 12Gb/s SATA/SAS RAID Controller
1DC7211LSI Cache Vault Accessory Kit for 9361
1DC7219LSI 9305-16i – 16Port 12Gb/s SATA/SAS HBA
1DC7188LSI 9300-8i – 8Port 12Gb/s SATA/SAS HBA
1DC0347NVMe PCIe3.0x8 HBA with 2xSFF8643 Ports
1NC0238Mellanox CX4 – 25/10Gb Dual Port PCIe3.0x16 Card
1NC0244Mellanox CX4 – 25/10Gb Dual Port OCP PCIe3.0x16 Card

Boot and metadata storage

Boot devices are separate from metadata storage in this configuration. All part numbers in the selected option are required.

OptionQty.Part numberDescription
Separate Boot & Metadata Storage1HD51022xMicron 5200MAX 480GB SATA SSD configured as RAID-1
Separate Boot & Metadata Storage1HD5108Micron 9200MAX 6.4TB U.2 2.5” NVMe

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 can be deployed 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.

Qty.Part numberDescription
24HD16474TB 7.2K RPM SATA 6Gbps 512e 3.5in Hot-plug Hard Drive
24HD16006TB 7.2K RPM SATA 6Gbps 512e 3.5in Hot-plug Hard Drive
24HD15858TB 7.2K RPM SATA 6Gbps 512e 3.5in Hot-plug Hard Drive
24HD160810TB 7.2K RPM SATA 6Gbps 512e 3.5in Hot-plug Hard Drive
24HD167212TB 7.2K RPM NLSAS 12Gbps 512e 3.5in Hot-Plug Hard Drive

NOTE: Not all above densities or models may be available at the time of purchase.

Optional I/O add-on cards

These parts are required if fiber-channel connectivity is required. Supported FC HBA’s are as follows:

Qty.Part numberDescription
1NC0350Emulex Dual Port 16Gb/s FC HBA
1NC0055Emulex Dual Port 8Gb/s FC HBA

Additional recources

Additional information regarding the EQUUS D2760 SERVERS can be found on the Equus website: https://www.equuscs.com/servers/whitebox-open/d2760