Hedvig® as a backup target with Commvault Complete™

Using the Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform™ as a backup storage target on Dell PowerEdge R740XD

Introduction to the Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform™ as a backup storage target

Hedvig provides software-defined storage built on a truly scale-out architecture that uses modern distributed system techniques to meet all your secondary data needs. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform transforms general-purpose x86 servers into a storage cluster that scales from a few nodes to thousands of nodes.

By building these services on a scale-out infrastructure you’ll enable:

  • Secondary storage that makes your environment more predictable, resilient and simple
  • Improved hardware utilization and optimized costs from general-purpose hardware
  • Seamless storage scalability with predictable performance without requiring forklift upgrades

The flexible architecture makes it an ideal fit for consolidating secondary storage infrastructure for backup and archiving.

By shifting secondary storage infrastructure to this architecture, enterprises can transform their data centers to be more operationally efficient, resilient and scalable. Lower hardware costs and simplified support allows the replacement of limited and/or legacy purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs) with a modern cloud-enabled storage management solution.

General availability designation

This configuration is classified as general availability design, meaning it has been 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 developed to provide optimized costs and match performance requirements for every customer. Commvault collaborates with Dell Technologies 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 Dell. This configuration is currently orderable for customer deployment and supported through Commvault support channels.

How to use this document

This document details the necessary design components of using the Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform as a backup storage target, providing the key components required when purchasing and configuring the infrastructure for a Commvault software solution. Commvault Reference Designs deliver validated 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 the configuration and specific design options that can be selected to satisfy storage capacity and density requirements. Each subsection provides a complete Bill of Materials (BOM) for individual nodes of given storage capacity.

This document does not cover overall architecture and design of the Hedvig solution and should be considered as a supplement specific to Dell.

Dell PowerEdge R740XD specification summary

Server overview

Technical specifications Technical specifications
Form factor 2U, 12 LFF HDD rack mount server
Motherboard chipset Intel® C620 Series
Processors Intel® Xeon® Silver 4210R

Boot and metadata storage options

Boot storage houses the operating system and core Hedvig binaries, while the metadata storage provides caching areas for such operations as indexing, storage management, and extents. There have been times that specific hardware components, surrounding flash storage, have elongated order cycle times and are typically beyond Dell’s or partner’s control.

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 can accommodate.

Initial Hedvig as a backup storage target deployments require three nodes with identical disk count and disk capacities. The Hedvig storage cluster can be expanded by adding one or more nodes. Subsequent nodes added to the storage pool can be of any disk count and disk capacity.

Overall sizing and retention vary per customer and therefore is beyond the scope of this document. Please refer to our online documentation to determine the drive size (and node quantity) required for the specific deployment.

Networking Options

A minimum of 2 10GB ports are required for Hedvig as a backup storage target installs, and these builds have been designed with that recommendation.

Bill of Materials

The BOM lists all components required to configure Hedvig as a backup storage target nodes. Each component has been tested and validated. Substitutions cannot be supported. Country-specific components such as power cables are not listed and can be changed as required.

  • 48TB Node Bill of Materials
  • 96TB Node Bill of Materials
  • 144TB Node Bill of Materials

Dell PowerEdge R740XD 48TB Hedvig as a backup storage target design

Qty Part number Description
1210-AKZR PowerEdge R740XD Server
1329-BEIK PowerEdge R740/R740XD Motherboard
1461-AADZ No Trusted Platform Module
1321-BDSI Chassis with up to 12×3.5″ HDDs on BP, No Mid-Bay and 4×2.5″ HDDs Flexbay, 1 or 2CPU Config
1338-BVKD Intel Xeon Silver 4210R 2.4G, 10C/20T, 9.6GT/s, 13.75M Cache, Turbo, HT (100W) DDR4-2400
1338-BVKD Intel Xeon Silver 4210R 2.4G, 10C/20T, 9.6GT/s, 13.75M Cache, Turbo, HT (100W) DDR4-2400
2412-AAIQ Standard 1U Heatsink
1370-AEPP 2933MT/s RDIMMs
1370-AAIP Performance Optimized
1780-BCDS Unconfigured RAID
1405-AAQU PERC H730P RAID Controller, 2GB NV Cache, Mini card
1330-BBHG Riser Config 2, 3 x8, 1 x16 slots
1384-BBPZ 6 Performance Fans forR740/740XD
1450-ADWS Dual, Hot-plug, Redundant Power Supply (1+1), 750W
1325-BCHU PowerEdge 2U Standard Bezel
8370-AEQF 16GB RDIMM, 2933MT/s, Dual Rank

Boot and metadata storage

Qty Part number Description
1403-BCHJ BOSS controller card + with 2 M.2 Sticks 480GB (RAID 1),FH
1400-AXTS 3.84TB SSD SATA Read Intensive 6Gbps 512 2.5in Flex Bay AG Drive, 1 DWPD, 7008 TBW

Networking

Qty Part number Description
1540-BBUM Broadcom 57414 Dual Port 10/25GbE SFP28, rNDC

Data storage

Qty Part number Description
12400-ASHY 4TB 7.2K RPM NLSAS 12Gbps 512n 3.5in Hot-plug Hard Drive

Dell PowerEdge R740XD 144TB Hedvig as a backup storage target design

Qty Part numberDescription
1210-AKZR PowerEdge R740XD Server
1329-BEIK PowerEdge R740/R740XD Motherboard
1461-AADZ No Trusted Platform Module
1321-BDSI Chassis with up to 12×3.5″ HDDs on BP, No Mid-Bay and 4×2.5″ HDDs Flexbay, 1 or 2CPU Config
1338-BVKD Intel Xeon Silver 4210R 2.4G, 10C/20T, 9.6GT/s, 13.75M Cache, Turbo, HT (100W) DDR4-2400
1338-BVKD Intel Xeon Silver 4210R 2.4G, 10C/20T, 9.6GT/s, 13.75M Cache, Turbo, HT (100W) DDR4-2400
2412-AAIQ Standard 1U Heatsink
1370-AEPP 2933MT/s RDIMMs
1370-AAIP Performance Optimized
1780-BCDS Unconfigured RAID
1405-AAQU PERC H730P RAID Controller, 2GB NV Cache, Mini card
1330-BBHG Riser Config 2, 3 x8, 1 x16 slots
1384-BBPZ 6 Performance Fans forR740/740XD
1450-ADWS Dual, Hot-plug, Redundant Power Supply (1+1), 750W
1325-BCHU PowerEdge 2U Standard Bezel
8370-AEQH 32GB RDIMM, 2933MT/s, Dual Rank

Boot and metadata storage

Qty Part number Description
1403-BCHJ BOSS controller card + with 2 M.2 Sticks 480GB (RAID 1), FH
1400-AXTS 3.84TB SSD SATA Read Intensive 6Gbps 512 2.5in Flex Bay AG Drive, 1 DWPD, 7008 TBW

Networking

Qty Part number Description
1540-BBUM Broadcom 57414 Dual Port 10/25GbE SFP28, rNDC

Data storage

Qty Part number Description
12400-BEJR 12TB 7K SAS 12Gbps 512e 3.5in Hot-Plug Hard Drive

Additional information regarding the Dell R740XD can be found on the Dell website.

Software-defined storage solutions

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