Yesterday May 13, the Hp storage division announced the renewal of their entry level line.
The MSA storage.
For the uninitiated, the acronym stands for Modular Smart Array. In a few words the classic block storage.
The line began 10 years ago and at first was developed by Hp himself. Over time, the models were MSA 500, MSA 1000 MSA 1500.
In 2008 the turning point with the first MSA2000. This storage was produced by the US firm Dot Hill and rebranded by Hp.
In the entry level segment, this storage is a best sellers. The reason is the very affordable price and ease of implementation.
With today’s announcement we got to the fourth MSA2000 generation.
HP declares a general increase in performance up to 4x the competing models.
Key features of the new model are:
FC, iSCSI, SAS connectivity
4 GB controller cache
8Gb/16Gb FC Support
SSD, SAS, SATA drives
HDD SSF 2,5″ or LFF 3,5″
Snapshot and Volume Copy are included, Remote Copy is optional.
It’s always possibile to upgrade the old controllers with the new ones, maintaining the integrity of data on disks. This feature has distinguished the MSA2000 family since the beginning.
Availability is expected in July. Dual-controller MSA 2040 configurations begin at $11,470
Therefore we need to wait to try the first samples and confirm what Hp has said.
I have personally installed many MSA2000 systems and a feature that I always missed is the performance monitor tool.
I also hope that hp has introduced a more advanced event notification with a sending email option.
A few links to the product.
New HP Storage MSA2040 ChalkTalk by Calvin Zito @hpstorageguy