HPE StorageWorks MSA Review

An industry-leading consolidation solution that provide plenty of storage


What is most valuable?

Relating to MSA storage, the simple configuration feature is great. It is very simple, allowing you to set up MSA very easily.

What needs improvement?

Synchronized replication is very important for MSA; however, HPE StorageWorks MSA doesn't provide synchronized replication.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using HPE StorageWorks MSA for roughly 15 years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's designed for small businesses, not for a large enterprise. The enclosures are enough for this amount of storage. With the sixth generation, we can have nine enclosures and add them to a base chassis.

The scalability could be improved, but it's enough for a small business. If you have a large business, you should opt for HPE Primera or Nimble.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't had to call HP technical support because I am an HP expert and I can set up any HP storage by myself. We have a team of five engineers who handle all maintenance-related issues.

How was the initial setup?

Deployment out-of-the-box until the final configuration took roughly 15 to 30 minutes.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This solution is quite expensive; they should lower the cost.

What other advice do I have?

HPE OneView is a better solution for managing and monitoring MSA. You can't add MSA Storage to OneView. We can add OneView, but we can't add MSA Storage to OneView for monitoring and management.

Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give HPE StorageWorks MSA a rating of eight. If they improved the central management and lowed the price, I would give it a higher rating.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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