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HCL - Cisco UCS S-Series

KB ID: 4020
Published: 2020-10-05
Last Modified: 2020-10-08

Product Information:

Company name: Cisco Systems
Product Family: UCS S-Series
Status: Veeam Ready - Repository
Classification Description: Verified backup storage that supports all Veeam backup and restore features.
Qualification Note
This Veeam Ready test was performed with storage having a configuration that includes SSD/Flash. As such, this classification only applies to similar configurations in which the same amount or more SSD drives are used. The use of non-SSD drives may negatively impact performance.

Product Details:

Model number: UCS S3260
Storage Category: RAID Storage Server
Drive quantity, size, type: 28 – 14TB SAS for data, 2 – 480GB SSD for OS
Storage configuration: RAID60 across 28 drives, RAID1 for OS SSDs
Firmware version: 4.1(1f)
Connection protocol and speed: 2 X 40 GbE iSCSI
Additional support: All models and configurations of UCS S3260 with specifications equivalent or greater than the above

General product family overview:

The Cisco UCS® S3260 Storage Server is a modular, high-density, high-availability, dual-node storage- optimized server well suited for service providers, enterprises, and industry-specific environments. It provides dense, cost-effective storage to address your ever-growing data needs.


Veeam testing configuration:

Configuration Note
The following settings were used by the vendor to meet Veeam Ready testing requirements and should not be considered best practices. Additional changes or settings may be needed to meet the storage efficiency or performance needs for each environment. For each setting, reference links are provided for further clarification.

Veeam Build Number:

Job Settings:

Deduplication: Enabled (Default)
Compression: Optimal (Default)
Storage Optimization: Local Target (Default)


Repository Settings:

Repository Type: Windows
Align backup file blocks: Enabled
Decompress before storing: Disabled (Default)
Per-VM Backup Files: Enabled

Vendor recommended configuration:

Hardware Settings:

  • Array compression used during testing – no
  • Array deduplication used during testing – no
  • Virtual drive settings
    • Read policy – always read ahead
    • Write policy – write back good BBU
    • RAID6 Strip size – 256KB
VR Repo
KB ID: 4020
Published: 2020-10-05
Last Modified: 2020-10-08

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