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Tech Lead at Raytheon
Jun 18 2017

What is most valuable?

I guess you'd say it is very durable and reliable, so we use these products in each of our areas. Our company is divided up into different smaller areas, and we use the MSAs to do our data storage and such.

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits are definitely reliability and ease of use, because, since we are using the same products, we also know that we can contact HP for assistance if we need it. Basically we use those products because they're small and compact. We… more »

What needs improvement?

I'm not sure about improvements. I think so far, the way that they're going, the way that the HP roadmap is so far has been pretty good, so I'm happy with what we have, the direction that it's been going so far.

What other advice do I have?

Basically I would say the same things I said earlier. I would tell him that the products are very easy to use, and there's a lot of online assistance if needed. That's where I always go if I need help, to HP's website for assistance, and if… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our company is basically an HP shop. Cost considerations are definitely important. Reliability and being able to get support from the company are also key issues. Basically, we have teams, an architect team and senior systems administrative… more »
Consultant
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
May 15 2017

What is most valuable?

It's a fairly simple product to set up as well, but it's a little bit more entry level; for those customers that can't afford something larger or whatnot, but would still like to get that shared storage or that SAN functionality. It's a… more »

What needs improvement?

They've been adding some different things to it. Maybe if it was a year ago, I would have said yeah, it might be nice to see this, but they've started adding in some different SSD and caching to it that really has revitalized it or… more »

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

They're pretty entry level but you need to be willing to spend some money. It's not going to be $1,000; it might be $10,000 or $15,000. It's all relative what a lot of money is, but they need to be willing to spend some money, invest in… more »

What other advice do I have?

It's a great product for the price. It has a lot of capability for what you're paying for.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Dell has an SCv2000, which is fairly similar. Really what it comes down to is they're going to be similar, but some people really align themselves with HPE or with Dell. When it comes down to it, a lot of them are going to just stick to it… more »
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Dan Gillman
Real User
Senior System Administrator at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
Oct 30 2016

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.

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.
Vendor
Sr. Systems Engineer at Cardinal Glass
Aug 21 2016

What is most valuable?

The price point's really good for us. At our remote locations, we've been putting MSAs from 1st generation all the way up to the 2040's. We've been very happy with the product, and have had good luck with them as far as not having any… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Price is the biggest thing right now. The performance is fine. We use a SAS attached for the MSAs, and it's just been a good product for us.

What needs improvement?

Maybe a few more feature sets with snapshots and application, and things like that. That's been coming with the 2040's, so they're slowly adding that in. I understand for what I'm paying for, your not getting all the features, but I see… more »

What other advice do I have?

As far as setup and stuff like that, it's very easy to set up. You've got the different RAID levels that you need to use. I'm sure the other products have that too, so it comes down to what feels right for you.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Dell and EMC, as there's not a lot of smaller vendors. It's a niche that the MSA is in, as far as the price and performance, and there's not a lot of competitors out there on that.
Vendor
IT - Director at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Jul 12 2016

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… more »

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.

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.
Vendor
Systems Engineer with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 28 2015

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.

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… more »

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… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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

What is HPE StorageWorks MSA?

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