HPE StorageWorks MSA Review

It's a nice robust platform that we can use without buying a whole enterprise SAN.

What is most valuable?

We use the MSA outside of our data center. It's a nice robust platform that we can use without buying a whole enterprise SAN, so it gives us the flexibility we need.

How has it helped my organization?

It's improved it dramatically. We can put a virtual infrastructure in each one of these sites and hook it to the MSA. Then we can build the servers as we go.

What needs improvement?

They fit our bill very well. We buy a lot of them, so I think they're just fine. However, we did have some issues at first but we worked through them and currently we have no issues.

We had some differences between the 10 GB and the 1 GB platform that we kind of didn't know about, so we had 1 GB where we needed 10 GB and the flexibility for changing out the hardware wasn't there when we needed it.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I think it's fantastic. That's the reason we buy them.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

They're scalable for offsite and we love them.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have used the technical support. They help us with all our firmware upgrades and things like that, so I would evaluate them at a high level.

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

The MSA gives us flexibility. We used a Dell product, but when we switched to HPE, we went to the HPE platform across our line, and we're very happy with it.

How was the initial setup?

Very straightforward. We used an iSCSI platform which was pretty easy to set up. All of my technicians can take of it, and it's good to go.

What other advice do I have?

It's a good platform for outside the data center. Even inside the data center for certain purposes, so I would rate them high and give them my approval.

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