March 24th, 2014 by Mark Kidd
HP Expands Entry-Level MSA Storage Systems StoreEasy and StoreOnce Backup Solutions for SMBs
HP has announced a suite of storage devices, software, and other products engineered and priced for SMBs who are adopting shared storage or require scaling functionality in the future for IT initiatives such as consolidation, virtualization, application hosting. According to HP, the new MSA 1040 Storage system can achieve up to 50 percent better performance than its predecessor and will be offered at a 25 percent lower starting price.
The HP MSA 1040 Storage with 1 GbE iSCSI, 8 Gb Fibre Channel, and 10 GbE iSCSI connectivity inaugurates an emphasis on dual-controller MSA solutions that are more financially and technically accessible to SMBs growing into shared storage architectures. The HP StoreEasy Storage lineup offers entry-level enterprise NAS solutions, which are receiving an operating system upgrade to provide more administrative control over file access, security, and application performance. Protocol bandwidth management and QoS load-balancing for Microsoft Hyper-V also allow administrators to better tune performance.
The HP StoreOnce 4500 Backup system has added new scaling functionality, in order to triple the maximum size of StoreOnce 4500 Backup solutions to 124TB of usable capacity. According to HP, their StoreOnce customers often can attain a 20:1 deduplication ratio, allowing a fully-scaled StoreOnce 4500 Backup solution to store nearly 2.5 petabytes of backup data in theory. StoreOnce 4500 Backup now also supports any mix of 2TB and 4TB drive shelves with a maximum of three shelves.
Pricing and Availability
The HP MSA 1040 will be available on March 31 starting at $6,500, $7,500 and $8,500, respectively. The StoreOnce 4500 48TB expansion shelf is also expected on March 31, at $70,000. HP StoreEasy Storage is slated for April 7 general availability at a starting price of $4,490. Existing HP StoreOnce 4500 systems can enable new scalability functions with a free firmware and software update.