System Requirements and Hardware Specifications for File Storage Optimization


Before you deploy Activate for File Storage Optimization, verify that the computers where you deploy the various components meet the following requirements.

Index Store and Index Gateway Packages

The computer on which you plan to install the Index Store and Index Gateway packages must satisfy the following requirements:

Note: We recommend that you install the packages on a dedicated computer.

Operating System

Operating System Version


Windows Server 2019

Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Editions

Windows Server 2016

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 x 64Editions

Windows Server 2012

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 x64 Editions

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 x64 Edition


Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS 7.3 and higher

Hardware Specifications for the Index Server

Use these guidelines to select the appropriate hardware for your index server.





Objects per node (estimated)

500 million

250 million

125 million

Source data size per node*

500 TB

250 TB

125 TB


16 cores

8 cores

4 cores


32 GB

16 GB

8 GB

Disk space

(SSD class disk recommended)

500 GB

250 GB

125 GB

* Based on an average file size of 1 MB.

Access Nodes

In File Storage Optimization, the MediaAgent acts as the access node.

  • If you are analyzing data that is not backed up and the operating system of the data source differs from the operating system of the Index Server, verify that an access node that meets the following requirements is available:

    • The operating system of the access node must match the operating system of the data source and must have a Commvault agent installed. For example, if you want to analyze a UNC share, but the Index Server is on a Linux computer, you must use a Windows computer as the access node.