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Accelerate applications with new HP MSA Storage enhancements

Today I have some exciting HP MSA Storage news - what a fun way to return to work!


Here's a summary of what's new:

  1. A firmware upgrade to the MSA 2040 increases performance by up to 45% - and that's a free upgrade to 5 MSA Videos.jpgfirmware version GL210! A simple firmware update optimizes SSD performance for up to 122,000 IOPs*.
  2. The MSA 1040 now has 6Gb/12Gb SAS connectivity to application servers. This removes the need to have SAN infrastructure. With an entry price point of $7000 (US List Price), this is the lowest price SAS entry array in the industry (from a tier-1 system provider).
  3. There is now an MSA 2040 ENERGY STAR certified SKU. Of course ENERGY STAR is a program to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint. The ENERGY STAR certified MSA 2040 is available now and starts at $10,970 US List Price.

The MSA is Simple!

I just wrapped up a set of videos that include a few demos that show just how easy the MSA is to manage. I took those videos and put links to each of them in one YouTube video.  So you can watch this one video and then click on any of the videos you want to see. 

Labels: MSA| SSD

Simplify managing HP MSA Storage in a Windows environment with HP StoreFront Manager for Microsoft

By Ankit Jain, Sr. Product Manager, HP Storage


LogoJ.jpgLooking for a better management experience?

HP StoreFront Manager for Microsoft provides single pane-of-glass manageability for Microsoft Windows environment by integrating with Microsoft SCOM and SCVMM and supporting System Center 2012 R2 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2.  Through this simplified management plane, administrators can track and monitor physical, logical and virtual infrastructure though a single dashboard, and oversee events and alerts for their storage via pre-defined rules. What’s more, creating and deploying new volumes and virtual machines on hosts and clusters is made easy with HP StoreFront Manager. Here’s a look at what’s new with StoreFront Manager.

Extending the MSA 2040 with flash

Happy New Year everyone!


In my first post of 2015, I want to share a ShortTake from Britt Terry talking about how to leverage flash in the MSA 2040. If you're an MSA customer or thinking about an entry level storage platform that can leverage flash, you'll want to check this out.


For more on the MSA

If your not familiar with the MSA or haven't looked at it in awhile, I recently did a ChalkTalk giving an overview of the MSA 1040 and MSA 2040 along with some of the latest features we introduced late last year.  Also, Britt has another ShortTake focusing on the new virtualization software features, a few of which are focused on using flash storage.  And as always, you can find the MSA product page at

Labels: Flash storage| MSA

HP MSA gets exciting new virtualization features

Today the MSA family, our entry-level storage system, is getting some exciting virtualization updates. The big story here is the MSA update includes data tiering, thin provision, SSD Read Cache, wide striping, more efficient snapshots, and a new web-based user interface. 


I have an updated MSA family ChalkTalk that gives an overview of the family. There are two members of the MSA family:

  • MSA1040 - budget optimize, exapandable dual-controller system. The new virtualization features are optional upgrades.
  • MSA2040 - performance optimized and with support for SSDs. The virutalization features are standard.

Here's the ChalkTalk

Labels: chalktalk| MSA

Migrating to Windows Server 2012? Why you should keep storage in mind

By Parissa Mohamadi, Microsoft Solution Manager, HP Storage Marketing


Windows2012.jpegAs you probably know, Microsoft is ending support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. This also means that after that, Microsoft will no longer provide automatic fixes, updates or online technical assistance. That’s a big deal – one that has major impact on companies of all sizes. And it begs a big questions: Is yours one on of the companies that currently have some of the estimated 9.1M physical servers still running Windows Server 2003 with many storage devices attached to them? If the answer is yes, it’s time to start planning now. Here are some tips on planning for migration, including the best migration paths for HP Storage products like HP MSA and HP XP.

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