HPE StorageWorks MSA Review

Data progression, volume draining and dual controllers are valuable features.


What is most valuable?

  • Data progression!
  • Volume draining.
  • Dual controllers.

How has it helped my organization?

Was purchased as a DR solution but became our production SAN. Very fast and easy to use. A great SAN for SMB's with enterprise features.

What needs improvement?

  • GUI can be improved
  • Firmware updates need improvement
  • Hardware could use a little refinement. (The fiber ports on one controller pushed through the case causing us to replace that controller under warranty.

For how long have I used the solution?

3 months and going very well.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Old interface has no progression. New interface does. Nothing spells this out and needed to be discovered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

None. Very stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

None. Running 7k drives and 10K drives with SSD caching.

How are customer service and technical support?

Very good.

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

Dell Compellent SAN. Shelves were going on 6 years old. Switching to 3PAR but needed a temporary space.

How was the initial setup?

Very easy and straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

In-house. Very easy to install.

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