Commvault HyperScale is a scale-out data protection solution that combines Commvault’s enterprise backup and data management software with a clustered, server-based architecture. HyperScale is available as a family of hardware appliances using Commvault branded server nodes (manufactured by Fujitsu), as a software-only solution that’s deployed on server nodes from one of several OEM partners or as part of Cisco’s ScaleProtect solution that runs on UCS server nodes.
HyperScale software stack includes Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Virtualization and Red Hat Gluster FS, along with Windows Server 2016 running the Commvault software in a VM.
Designed for SMB and mid-size companies, the HyperScale hardware appliances consists of clustered server nodes (in increments of three). Each node has four or 12 internal HDDs in capacities up to 12TB, a NVMe drive for dedupe performance and a single 8-core or dual 16-core Intel CPUs. An optional FC or SAS HBA is available for tape out or LAN-free backups.
HyperScale uses the Red Hat Gluster FS to provide a scale-out file system to share storage between nodes. Gluster also provides a 4+2 erasure coding scheme in which data is spread across all available HDDs, creating two 6-drive sets, using two drives on each node of a 3-node cluster. This allows the system to sustain up to two concurrent drive failures or one node failure without data loss. This is also the reason that nodes must be added in groups of three, in order to maintain this redundancy factor.
Commvault has established an OEM arrangement with Cisco who has created their own HyperScale solution called ScaleProtect with Cisco UCS, which runs HyperScale software on 2U UCS C240 nodes with 12 internal HDDs or 4U UCS S3260 with 48 HDDs.