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MSA 2050/2052 and ESX 5.5 using ISCSI ?


MSA 2050/2052 and ESX 5.5 using ISCSI ?

Hi All,

             a simple question. Customer needs a migration strategy from a legacy ISCSI array supporting an ESXI 5.5U3 ingfrastructure. Was considering MSA 2050 or 2052 but support matrix shows ESXi 6.0 is the lowest supported (or at least tested) version. Assume if we were to deploy an MSA2050/2 using ISCSI to provide a new storage location that it should most likely work given it's just ISCSI. Appreciate the SPOCK reccomendations are what's been lab-tested. Just wanted to confirm there should be no major gotchas. Plan would be to re-use the MSA elsewhere once the 5.5 environment is decomissioned.. Existing ISCSI array is EOL and at capacity hence the need. Thanks,


Re: MSA 2050/2052 and ESX 5.5 using ISCSI ?


A simple answer is that yes this "should" work but has not been tested or qualified by HPE. However, you should consider several things when migrating your data. With ESXi 6.0 virutal volumes are supported but not with ESXi 5.5. Likely that is also true on the storage side. You did not mention the older device, but likely it is a linear based storage device while the MSA2050 is virtual only. To take advantage of the array and the host OS your best bet would be to move to all virtual. 

Just as a precaution - your new system has at least a warranty support contract available on it. If you are not in a supported configuration, your warranty options will be limited. 

Without knowing your environement, my concerns would be compatability between your old storage and new. Can you VMotion the data over successfully? And if you can get your current data to the new MSA 2050, your next question to consider would be can you connect a newer ESXi OS version to the MSA 2050 with your data's file system intact? In other words are the OS versions compatable between VFMS5, VFMS6, etc? 

You might want to consider future growth and how you want to implement this so you do not build yourself into a corner. It might make more sense to backup your data and start fresh so you have the ability to expand into newer OS and storage options as needed. Sometimes a little pain at the start saves you major heartache at the end.

Good luck!


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