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What's new with HPE MSA? A podcast


The HPE MSA Storage team has a few updates to the MSA family and I suggested to them a great way to get that information out to you is a podcast. They bit and I have a new ATSB podcast talking about what's new with HPE Veeam and HPE Storage update podcast.jpgMSA. Joining me on the podcast are Britt Terry and Keith Schlachter, both long-time storage guys at HPE. 

Here's a link to the podcast

To subscribe to the podcast, open this link and click on the "View in iTunes" button under my picture. If you don't use iTunes, you can find my podcast on, Google Play Music. and just added to Spotify Podcast, and Stitcher On Google, you'll get "invited" to try Google Play Music for 30 days - just click "no thanks" to get past this and get to the podcast.

Summarizing what's new with MSA

Here's what we talked about in the podcast with a little bit of detail about the new bits:

  • 00:00 - 00:45 Introduction.
  • 00:45 - 03:00  Where does MSA fit in the HPE Storage portfolio.
  • 03:00 - 04:30 Summarizing what's new: new HDD & SSD, ecosystem integration with HPE Complete partners (Arxscan and Zerto), and MSA Heath Checker.
  • 04:30 - 12:00 Details on MSA Heath Checker including which MSA products support it. The MSA Health Checker is a simple-to-use tool containing machine-driven analytics that dynamically checks for signatures of known issues and validates against best-practice recommendations.
  • 12:00 - 15:00 New 14TB large form factor (LFF) HDDs. We also discussed what is happening with LFF and SFF HDDs. The new 14TB LFF HDDs provides 9% lower $/GB for more cost effective archival storage.
  • 15:00 - 18:30 Adoption of flash storage with entry storage.
  • 18:30 - 21:00 New generation SSDs (960GB and 1.92TB) that reduce the $/GB for flash by 60%.  Also, we discussed general characterization of performance between HDD and SSDs. 
  • 21:00 - 26:30 HPE Complete partner Arxscan. With Arxscan, customers can dynamically monitor all of their MSA arrays regardless of location. Customers can view information including firmware version for their controllers, drives, or enclosures. Easily obtain valuable reports of Storage Utilization details including raw capacity, usable capacity, total allocation or usage trends by array.  
  • 26:30 - 30:00 HPE Complete partner Zerto. Zerto software was developed on VMware around use case of simplified replication. Zerto helps extend the MSA to include near synchronous replication. We also discussed using MSA with Zerto as a good fit for customers that were using StoreVirtual VSA. 
  • 30:00 - 30:45 Wrap-up.

You can learn more about the MSA family on the MSA Family page. Also, for a good introduction to the MSA, check out my MSA Chalk Talk that is on YouTube. 


About HPE Storage Guy (aka The Storage Godfather)

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I'm Calvin Zito and November 16, 2018 marks 35 years with HP/HPE. I've worked in HPE Storage since 1990. I was just recognized as a 9 time VMware vExpert. As an early adopter of social media and active in communities, I've blogged for 10 years. You can find me on Twitter as @CalvinZito. If you don't follow me on Twitter, do it now! You can also contact me via email

Calvin Zito
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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I have worked at HPE since 1983, all of it around storage but 100% focused on storage since 1990. I'm expanding into other areas of focus at HPE like HPE GreenLake, compute, containers, AI, and more. I blog, create videos, and podcasts to help you better understand HPE Storage. Find my podcast at