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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

cMLC SSDs in HP 3PAR StoreServ: Embrace with confidence

By Priyadarshi (Pd), Product Line Manager, HP 3PAR Storage @Priyadarshi_Pd




To say that cMLC SSDs have been widely adopted by our 3PAR StoreServ customers would be an understatement. Our customers just love our ability to bring flash at a price point you can afford—with the certainty of a five-year warranty that covers wear-outs, plus unique Adaptive Sparing technology that enhances endurance. But are all cMLCs the same? To understand this, let’s take a step back and understand cMLCs a little better.


Labels: 3PAR| SSD

Continuing our look at tape-as-NAS options

By Mark Fleischhauer, HP StoreEver Tape Storage Solutions Engineering Manager


Graphic2.jpgPart 2: A closer look at tape-as-NAS – when to use disk or SSDs

In Part 2 of our series on when to use disk and when to use SSD, I’m focusing on using SSD in front of our StoreEver tape library as part of the tape-as-NAS (tNAS) solution. In Part 1, we explored how disk was the appropriate solution if you want quicker access to data that may be active for a period of time – more like a cache. Solid-state drives (SSDs) offer better read and write operation performance, lower latency, and lower power when compared to a standard spinning disk but at a greater cost. In this blog, I'll discuss how SSDs may be a better choice if your archive work flows need a “buffer” instead of a “cache.”  I'll also review what you should consider when choosing the appropriate SSD for your tNAS solution. At the end of the day, No matter what your use case demands, HP has everything you need for data archiving including HP Servers, disk storage, SSDs and HP StoreEver Tape libraries.

Labels: FLAPE| flash| SSD| StoreEver| tape| tNAS

SSDs or disk? Buffer or cache? A closer look at tape-as-NAS options

By Mark Fleischhauer, HP StoreEver Tape Storage Solutions Engineering Manager




Part 1: A closer look at tape-as-NAS - disks

A few weeks ago I wrote about a new emerging architecture for long term data retention that combines FLash drives and tAPE called FLAPE. Flash drives, or solid-state drives (SSDs), offer better read-and-write operation performance, lower latency and lower power when compare to a standard spinning disk.


In traditional transactional environments, these factors make a big difference. However you may wonder how this impacts an archive work flow? In this two-part blog series, I’ll show when you may want to use a disk or an SSD depending on your archiving workflow. Part 1 focuses on disk and Part 2 focuses on SSDs.


Labels: FLAPE| flash| SSD| StoreEver| tape| tNAS

How server and storage evolution is driving the need for Gen 5 Fibre Channel

By Rohan Viegas, Worldwide Product Management, HP Storage


Gen 5 Fibre Channel is more than just 16Gbps speeds. It unleashes the full potential of high-density server virtualization, cloud architectures and next-generation storage. It offers a purpose-built, data center-proven network infrastructure for storage. And it delivers unmatched performance, reliability and simplicity. Today, Rohan Viegas talks about how the server and storage evolution is driving the need for Gen 5 Fibre Channel and how the HP StoreFabric SN6500B 16Gb Fibre Channel Switch helps meet that need.

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