HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE (HPE) has announced new additions to its line of storage products aimed at the SMB market.
The HPE StoreEasy 1650 Expanded is an ultra-dense capacity optimised network-attached storage system capable of storing 28 LFF drives in a single 2U rack-mount enclosure and offering a 224TB maximum internal capacity.
There are also updated versions of the MSA 1040 and MSA 2040 lines. The MSA will now support solid-state drives (SSDs) for the first time, and also sees the introduction of affordable Advanced Virtualisation Firmware, making it ideal for thin provisioning, snapshot management and so on. The new features will have a $350 premium on the 1040, while being standard for the 2040.
HPE has been looking for ways to make flash affordable, with configurations starting at $8,500, potentially brought down to $7,000 if you already have the drives. However, an all-in-one system will offer projected improvements of up to 70 percent in read cache latency and 90 percent in performance tiering.
Archive Tiering allows storage costs to be lowered by up to 75 percent by "elasticating" the availability of data and storing archive-ready material on Nearline SAS HDDs.
"In today’s economy, agility and speed are critical to stay competitive, regardless of business size," said Manish Goel, senior vice president and general manager for storage at HPE. "That's why HPE is bringing enterprise storage scale and performance within reach of customers who have even the most constrained budgets."
New SSD-ready firmware for the MSA 1040 is available from today free of charge on a warranty or service contract.
The MSA 1040 Advanced Virtualisation Upgrade licence will cost $350 from 15 February, which is unfortunate if you were planning it as a late Valentine's present for a really dull sweetheart.
A new range of MSA SSD drives is currently available starting at $2,220 for a 400GB drive up to $13,899 for a 3.2TB drive.
StoreEasy 1650 Expanded is available now starting at $14,777 with 32TB storage.
HP also offers the StorServ range for businesses that need even more scale out. µ
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