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Entry-level HPE MSA storage array goes hybrid

HPE's new entry-level MSA 1040 supports flash and comes with read cache performance and tiering. HPE also launched a new StoreEasy NAS model.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise upgraded its entry-level MSA storage product line with a hybrid array, and expanded...

its StoreEasy NAS system for the small and medium-sized business market.

HPE's MSA 1040 system now uses solid-state drives (SSDs) alongside hard disk drives, and it comes with storage virtualization capabilities that previously were only available on the higher-end MSA 2040. The upgraded MSA storage device includes software for thin provisioning, enhanced snapshots, and wide striping and flash acceleration.

Vish Mulchand, HPE senior director of product management and marketing for storage, said the 1040 with flash gives users lower cache-based and performance-tiering latencies. The system automatically moves infrequently used data from an enterprise SAS drive to midline SAS drives.

"These are two different ways to get better performance," Mulchand said. "Now that the 1040 supports SSDs, it has read cache performance and performance tiering."

The 1040 system also has been upgraded to support 400 GB and 800 GB disk drives, along with SSDs up to 1.6 TB. Previously, it supported 300 GB, 600 GB and 900 GB SAS disk drives.

Russ Fellows, senior partner and analyst at Evaluator Group Inc., in Boulder, Colo., said HPE essentially took features that previously were only available on the MSA 2040 and moved them down to the entry-level MSA storage system. The most significant enhancement is the support for SSDs.

"Now, everyone wants SSDs," Fellows said.

HPE sells its MSA storage platform through an OEM deal with Seagate's Dot Hill systems. MSA storage arrays are rebranded Dot Hill AssuredSAN RealStor systems.

HPE also expanded its StoreEasy NAS platform with the StoreEasy 1650, which supports 28 drives for up to 224 TB of capacity in a 2U shelf with the use of 8 TB disk drives. The platform also supports rapid configuration tools, storage provisioning, sophisticated data access policies based on automatic file classification, centralized monitoring dashboard, data-in-flight encryption and automatic file classification.

The MSA 1040 with support for SSDs currently is available via a firmware update. The MSA 1040 hybrid starts at less than $8,500. The SSD cost $2,220 for 400 GB, $4,219 for 800 GB, $7,979 for 1.6 TB and $13,899 for 3.2 TB.

StoreEasy 1650 pricing starts at $14,777, with 32 TB of capacity.

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