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Maximizing Value with HPE MSA Storage: Performance, Optimization, and Cost-Effective Solutions

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is famous for their storage solutions, among others the HPE MSA 1040/2040/2042 arrays, designed to meet several business requirements. These systems, characterized by their high performance, scalability, and efficiency, are ideal for businesses aiming to optimize their storage infrastructure.

Key Features and Functionalities

The MSA 1040 is suitable for entry-level markets, with great capabilities like 8 Gb Fibre Channel, 6/12 Gb SAS, and 1 GbE and 10 GbE iSCSI protocols. Other features include a new controller architecture, 4 GB cache per controller, and support for a variety of drive types, including SSDs. The MSA 2040, on the other hand, offers efficient performance with 4 host ports per controller and a 6 GB cache per controller. It’s an ideal choice for environments demanding high-performance balanced with cost-effectiveness. The MSA 2042 takes it a step further by integrating 800 GB of SSD capacity as standard, making it an amazing choice for high-performance applications. This model stands out for their set-and-forget software suite, including real-time data tiering and 512 snapshots for instant recovery, making it a compelling choice for IT generalists.

Best Practices for Optimization

To fully leverage the potential of these storage systems, it's essential to adopt best practices. Renaming hosts for easy identification, initializing disk groups correctly, and setting up array health monitoring are fundamental steps. Email and SNMP notifications ensure proactive system management, while storage provisioning, including thin provisioning, pool balancing, and wide striping, contribute significantly to optimizing storage utilization.

Improving Performance and Availability

The use of SSDs, especially in the MSA 2042 model, offers a significant boost in performance for applications requiring rapid data access. Automated Tiering is a crucial feature in these arrays, optimizing I/O by moving frequently accessed data to faster tiers. For businesses focusing on availability, implementing features like volume mapping, redundant paths, and snapshots is critical. Multipath software and dual controller configurations further bolster system resilience.

Firmware Updates and Expansion Considerations

Regular firmware updates are essential to maintaining the performance and security of the storage array. It’s recommended to back up data before any firmware update and ensure that the array configuration is stable. For disk group expansion, it’s advisable to allocate quiet periods for optimization or consider recreating the disk group with additional capacity.

HPE MSA Budget-Friendly Strategies for Long Term use

These storage solutions can be pretty pricy. Not to mention the rules around support, upgrade options and spare part availability (End Of Life, End Of Sale, End Of Service Life). A good alternative could be to buy refurbished equipment or components to an existing one to upgrade. The market is full with companies that provide premium quality refurbished products with up to 5 year warranty with fast availability. These companies provide these for long-long after the HPE stops selling. If you are interested in getting more information on this, get in touch with us now at

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