HPE StorageWorks MSA Review

Allows us to scale several times. You can’t go beyond four servers for the SaaS connected version, but for us that’s all we needed.


What is most valuable?

Easy to manage, it’s reliable for us, and fits our environment. Also, support is available when we need it. It’s just been very solid for us.

How has it helped my organization?

We’re down to one vendor for most of our hardware and software, so using HP already helps us streamline our internal workings.

What needs improvement?

In the future we'd like to see more block-based storage. This is because more and more storage is moving in that direction.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

For our environment, you can scale several times and that’s exactly what we need. You can’t go beyond four servers for the SaaS connected version, but for us that’s what we needed exactly.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support on the phone is fine and storage has been very good overall.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We’re like an ASP. HP has been the standard we’ve been using for a while, so we continued. Their SaaS connected storage is what we’ve been using more recently because it fits our environment perfectly.

How was the initial setup?

Very straightforward and we’ve got about eight of these setup. We had it delivered to the site and just plugged it in for the customer.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Dell, but HP was a better fit and the pricing was better.

What other advice do I have?

Look at reliability primarily. Pricing is also important.

Experience with the interface is very important. Make sure that technical support is available and good. Again, it's about performance and cost and it does a rock solid job for us.


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

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