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The HP MSA - it keeps going and going and going!


CJZ Headshot fixed 150 x 150.jpgBy Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy  vExpert 2011, 2012, 2013.png

Earlier today I had a blog post about Just Right IT and Simply StoreIT - our Small and Midsize Business programs.  If you were really paying attention, you may have seen me  mention at the end of the post that there was MSA news today as well.  I have another ChalkTalk to share but let me set some context first.


HP_MSA_Storage_RGB_blue cropped.pngBack in May, we introduced the MSA 2040, the fourth generation of the MSA.  It was and still is the first entry SAN array with 16 Gb FC.  The MSA 2040 is 3-4X faster (depending on the workload) than the MSA 2000 G3 and other competitive entry arrays.  We also added support for SSD with the 2040 and increased the small form factory scalability to 199 HDDs.  


Now we're tweaking the MSA 2040 a bit more.  Here's what was just added to it:

  • New 4-Port SAS controller that supports 6Gb/12Gb SAS.  Another first for us to have 12Gb SAS in an entry SAN array.
  • We're adding support for 1GbE and 10GbE iSCSI (via SFP modules) to the 4-Port Converged SAN Controller.  This now enables customers run iSCSI and FC "mixed mode".  For existing Converged SAN Controllers, it only requires a firmware upgrade to enable this.
  • There are also a couple of new drives: 1.2TB SFF and 4TB LFF HDDs are now supported.  The 1.2 TB drives are just wrapping up final testing so they'll be available soon.


The MSA 2000 must go on!

The MSA 2040 is a very compelling entry SAN array.  It is the Entry SAN performance leader. 


Based on that, you'd think maybe it was time to retire the MSA 2000.  But not so fast.  MSA 2000 is still #1 in marketshare in 8Gb FC SANs, it is # 1 in Switched SAS and about even with the competition in the iSCSI market.  It's also very competitive in the various performance metrics when compared to other products in market today.  What makes it a keeper for our customers is that it's the entry SAN price leader.

But what's really cool and something our competitors want to keep hushed is that you can upgrade an MSA 2000 to the MSA 2040.  And we can do it through a data-in-place upgrade.  WIth the price leadership of the MSA 2000, the blazing performance of the MSA 2040, and a futureproof upgrade strategy, we think we have a great entry level SAN portfolio for customers. 

Without further ado, here's the MSA portfolio ChalkTalk:

(EDITOR's NOTE: The MSA ChalkTalk in this blog post was removed and no longer available.  See the latest MSA content on ATSB with this link

The MSA is integrated into the Simply StoreIT solutions for virtualization, Microsoft Exchange, and Microsoft SQL Server.  You can watch an of those ChalkTalks via this video on YouTube.


I'll leave you with a couple of URLs to help you go deeper:

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I have worked at HP and now HPE since 1983, all of it around storage but 100% focused on storage since 1990. I blog, create videos, and podcasts to help you better understand HPE Storage.


Indeed, with Introduction to SSDs I would say that we have benefited SMBs who do not need to Mid-Level SAN where Performance is required and cost is the constraint! 


While we are at it, I would like to share/add a short URL for Support Manuals and Documentation for HP P2000 G3 and MSA2020 (MSA G4): I hope it helps.



Thanks Ankit - I'll add the URL to support documentation to the blog post.  Thanks!

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