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Pros
"The most valuable features were the dual controllers and being able to expand it.""The simple configuration feature is great. It is very simple, allowing you to set up MSA very easily.""The product is very easy to deploy.""The most valuable features are the storage levels and snapshot features."

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"The most valuable feature for us is the combining of HA and SnapMirror.""The most important features are SnapVault, Snapshots, and SnapMirror.""For us, the greatest aspect of the solution is the fact that it just runs. It is amazingly resilient. That's very important to us, because we are basically, with some exceptions, have a 24/7 operation.""The most valuable feature is SnapMirror.""Data consolidation and visualization.""You can use different protocols at the same time. Monitoring is also very easy in NetApp FAS Series. There is a free tool for monitoring.""The most valuable features are the NAS features and NetApp's excellent support.""I like the unified management feature because sometimes you end up running a single protocol on the entire system."

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Cons
"The support contract is expensive, although they are very responsive.""Synchronized replication is very important for MSA; however, HPE StorageWorks MSA doesn't provide synchronized replication.""It would be ideal if there was a better management interface.""This product is getting a little bit older, so new features like deduplication are not included."

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"Currently, the newest release is not HCI friendly.""Technical support needs to be improved, as there are no longer partners in our country.""The one aspect of the solution that's negative for us is also more unique to us due to the fact that we did a MetroCluster. The tiebreaker piece that does the monitoring of the two different locations, and determines if one is not talking to the network normally (or if it's truly down) is a little difficult. It feels like it was not designed from the beginning to fit well into the other pieces. It feels like it was thrown in at the last minute and it is not smooth.""If our customer needs a high-performance storage solution then we don't recommend this product.""The solution could do more than just data.""Its licensing cost can be improved.""There is no NetApp infrastructure set up here in Greece.""Interfacing with the cloud environment could be better. I want to be able to move some cloud volume and integrate it seamlessly with my home on-premise storage. Sometimes I have issues with port permissions. NetApp probably needs to improve more on the integration side from on-premise to the cloud."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"When we bought this solution it was very reasonably priced and they were willing to deal.""This solution is quite expensive; they should lower the cost.""This solution involves a one-time CapEx payment, followed by warranty extensions."

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"I've sold arrays for as little $20,000 USD and as high as $300,000 USD.""It is expensive.""I don't recall the price, but in general, pricing can always be better.""It's not cheap, but at the same time, it's also inexpensive. It's somewhere in between.""We purchased it for four years, and it wasn't expensive. It was reasonable. Every company has a different agreement with NetApp. We got everything we wanted with all the bells and whistles and all the features and functionalities."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The product is very easy to deploy.
Top Answer: We are only really using the solution for CCTV purposes. It's very basic. We don't need a lot of bells and whistles. Therefore, for our purposes, we aren't really finding anything that is lacking. It… more »
Top Answer: It's an easy product to use that is stable and has good performance.
Top Answer: It's not cheap, but at the same time, it's also inexpensive. It's somewhere in between.
Top Answer: There should be a separate admin web management for each SVM. We are currently managing all SVMs from a single admin interface. it is a problem. Real-time performance monitoring requires good… more »
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Overview
Whether you need best-in-class performance or are looking to get the most capacity for your investment, MSA has a fast, affordable solution for you. And every MSA comes with an intuitive setup and management interface anyone can master.
NetApp FAS Series offers powerful, affordable, flexible data storage for midsized businesses and distributed enterprises. NetApp FAS Series, named a 'Champion' and 'Best in Overall Value' by Info-Tech Research Group, is affordable, and is a more powerful storage platform than other systems in its class.
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Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company28%
Manufacturing Company6%
Government5%
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Financial Services Firm21%
Healthcare Company14%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
Comms Service Provider5%
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Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider19%
Manufacturing Company11%
Government7%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise36%
Large Enterprise29%
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Large Enterprise49%
Find out what your peers are saying about HPE StorageWorks MSA vs. NetApp FAS Series and other solutions. Updated: July 2021.
521,817 professionals have used our research since 2012.

HPE StorageWorks MSA is ranked 5th in Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) with 4 reviews while NetApp FAS Series is ranked 3rd in Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) with 10 reviews. HPE StorageWorks MSA is rated 9.2, while NetApp FAS Series is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of HPE StorageWorks MSA writes "Easy to deploy and manage with good monitoring capabilities". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp FAS Series writes "Resilient without disrupting the user experience and very stable". HPE StorageWorks MSA is most compared with IBM FlashSystem, HPE 3PAR StoreServ, HPE EVA, Fujitsu Eternus DX400 series and Dell EqualLogic PS series, whereas NetApp FAS Series is most compared with Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon), IBM FlashSystem, FreeNAS, Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) and Qumulo. See our HPE StorageWorks MSA vs. NetApp FAS Series report.

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