by Josh Shaman

HP Announces Enhanced Storage for SMB

HP has announced the next generation of its MSA entry disk array, updates to the HP StoreEasy Storage portfolio and a new program for HP channel partners. The enhanced HP offerings are designed to make storage deployment and management simpler for SMBs and government agencies who often don't have the resources or expertise in the field to utilize their system for maximum performance and availability. In particular, according to HP their MSA 2040 Storage system performs up to 4x competing models, and the HP StoreEasy Storage portfolio makes it easier to manage file data without specialized expertise. Organizations will be able to obtain these enhanced HP offerings via HP's new Simply StoreIT program. The program is for HP channel partners and provides training, marketing and incentives to the channel to assist them in addressing customers' needs and in finding new revenue.

The HP MSA 2040 Storage is the first array in its class to offer 16Gb Fibre Channel connectivity, enabling the MSA 2040 Storage to scale to increasing workload and performance demands. The MSA 2040 Storage also has a high-performance controller to maximize SSD performance and support growing workloads. This reduces that data center footprint and energy costs as organizations can setup more VMs on less hardware. Deployment is also improved with existing MSA users able to move existing drives from their previous generation model to the new MSA 2040 Storage. Additionally, there is a simple management interface that administrators already use with HP ProLiant and HP BladeSystem servers.

The HP StoreEasy Storage portfolio is designed to support thousands of users simultaneously so that customers can store, manage and protect unstructured data. Updates in this announcement are significant. HP has simplified the process for creating new volumes, and it has incorporated a new provisioning tool for capacity optimization. Administrators can lower costs and plan for data changes by reviewing file share on local or remote systems. They can also get predictions on deduplication capacity savings. HP has also included snapshot management, a new wizard to configure clustered HP StoreEasy 3830 Gateways easier, and turnkey data protection for HP StoreEasy 1000 and 5000. Users are also now able to manage cloud data protection needs by using optional HP Data Protector and HP Autonomy LiveVault.

HP has also newly added HP Simply StoreIT to their HP Just Right IT program, which spans servers, storage, networking and services. HP SimplyStoreIT enables access to reference architectures and solution guides for HP channel partners and SMB customers. The new SimplyStoreIT program includes tools such as quote and configuration templates, co-branded lead-generation assets, as well as training and materials for sales.

Pricing and Availability

Dual-controller MSA 2040 configurations begin at $11,470 and worldwide availability is expected in July. HP StoreEasy Storage enhancements are available at no charge to existing and new customers starting in June. The HP Simply StoreIT Program is available worldwide.

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