MSA and StoreEasy News

Original author: HPEStorageGuy
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We recently announced additions to the entry-level storage line. News can be classified in two categories:

  • The first is MSA. The main news is that the MSA 1040 now supports solid state drives. The MSA team put a lot of effort into making the system available.

  • Next is the replenishment of the StoreEasy portfolio with a new interesting product StoreEasy 1650 Expanded. It can be “expanded” with an additional set of drives up to a total capacity of 224 TB (in a 2U chassis).

This is briefly. And now I’ll tell you more.

HPE StoreEasy 1650 Expanded

StoreEasy 1650 Expanded is based on the 1650 model and includes an additional shelf for 12 drives; thus, 28 large form factor (LFF) disks are placed in a 2U chassis. Further expansion is also possible with the shelves D3000 and D6000. I mentioned that the 1650 Expanded allows you to expand the raw capacity to 224 TB, which makes it ideal for storing user files and use as auxiliary storage. Compared to the NetApp FAS2520, the 1650 Expanded offers:

  • 41% reduction in cost of 1 GB of capacity
  • 80% increase in density
  • 82% reduction in external components

I think this is a great addition to the StoreEasy portfolio. You might be surprised to find out that HPE StoreEasy ranks first among NAS families in the price range from $ 5,000 to $ 15,000. In the new ChalkTalk review , I talk about the StoreEasy family.

By reference to the brief specifications StoreEasy 1000 family  , you can learn more about the 1650 models Expanded.

MSA News

I already mentioned that MSA now supports solid state drives. One of the important points that made the system very affordable is the change in the cost of the compulsory Advanced Virtualization Upgrade license, which now costs $ 350 (List Price) instead of the previous 2750 (List Price). I suggest watching a video that describes the features of this software. If you haven’t seen it yet, look at YouTube , but remember that some product features are changed. Let me briefly describe what you can achieve with MSA, SSD, and Advanced Virtualization Upgrade:

  • Increase the efficiency of the data storage system due to advanced virtualization functions, such as dynamic capacity allocation, instant snapshots, “wide-striping” and I / O productivity growth due to the use of solid-state drives.

  • Significant reduction in system response time when purchasing an additional SSD drive and using it as an additional read cache, or when Performance Tiering is enabled.

  • Reduce storage costs by up to 75% due to the organization of archival storage levels of MSA Archive Tiering, which increases the profitability of Nearline SAS hard drives by automatically placing data at the right level.

MSA's approach to using SSDs is to maximize the use of a small amount of investment in flash memory. This is achieved through an additional real-time read cache and storage level organization capabilities, where the most frequently used data is moved to SSD media to increase performance and reduce response time. The process takes place in real time, increasing returns even on small investments. This technology is also simple - just configure it once. The benefit to customers is that there is no need to constantly analyze I / O or understand the types of workloads.

Interesting test results were obtained by Demartek (created by industry expert Dennis Martin). The full report can be found at at the following links - Exchange , SQL , Mixed Virtualized Workloads .
It is worth mentioning that the MSA family ranks first among SAN storage in the price range up to $ 25,000.
I have not yet had the opportunity to review ChalkTalk on MSA, but hopefully it will be available soon. I will immediately share it with you. Brief characteristics of the MSA 1040

PS: After the release of this note, the author published a new ChalkTalk review on MSA, which can be viewed here. Although right here you can :)

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