Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) recently announced a cost-effective hybrid-flash storage solution to help small and medium sized businesses (SMBs).
The next generation of the HPE Modular Smart Array (MSA), HPE MSA Gen 6, comes at time when technology spending is limited for most SMBs due to disruptions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Analysys Mason predicts that the Covid-19 pandemic will result in a reduction in SMB IT spending of over $300 billion worldwide between 2020 and 2024.
Market revenue for enterprise external OEM storage systems declined 5 percent to just under $6.3 billion during the second quarter of 2020, says IDC report.
The HPE MSA Gen 6 is now available for order globally direct and through channel partners starting under $7,000.
SMBs can HPE MSA in order to preserve cash with an updated entry storage solution that continues to get better with new data services and a modern architecture.
The solution designed for organisations with tight budgets is now available for order globally direct and through channel partners, HPE said.
HPE said updates to HPE MSA deliver benefits, including automatic tiering for faster data access, an improved MSA Health Check tool that eliminates common causes of downtime, and integration with HPE Cloud Volumes Backup for cloud backup and data archival.
# Hands-free tiering that delivers workload efficiency with improved performance and lower latencies. This feature boosts delivered performance by 2 – 4x compared to hard disk drive (HDD)-only configurations
# Maximize SSD performance and HDD capacity based on workload needs
# MSA DP+ would speed rebuild times by 25×2, minimizing the time the array was in a degraded or vulnerable state
# Improved MSA Health Check tool eliminates common causes of downtime.
# 76% of HPE MSA support calls will be eliminated for customers who utilize the MSA Health Check functionality proactively
# This cloud-base tool reduces local administration overhead by searching sensor data for known issues
# SMBs can instantly start backing up to the cloud with HPE Cloud Volumes Backup
“HPE MSA is helping SMBs by delivering the performance and automation they need to keep their businesses running,” Chris Powers, VP and GM for Big Data and Collaborative Platform Development and HPE, said in a statement.
HPE said the new solution also allows SMBs to ensure their most valuable data is secure and easily accessible by employees, no matter where they are working from.
HPE MSA, which features new data services and modernised architecture, enables customers who run on-demand businesses like media streaming and online education to manage their distributed applications and workloads more easily.
“The HPE MSA is ideal for the clients we serve whose businesses require a reliable, simple and low-cost storage solution that can match today’s workloads, and scale as their performance and capacity needs grow,” said Sky Cumming, product manager, Dicker Data, an IT distributor and HPE channel partner.
Updates to HPE MSA include automatic tiering for faster data access, an improved MSA Health Check tool that eliminates common causes of downtime, and integration with HPE Cloud Volumes Backup for Cloud backup and data archival.
HPE’s solutions for SMBs include the recently announced monthly subscription service for IT solutions through HPE channel partners, and the HPE MicroServer, providing a small office-in-a-box solution for a complete small office technology foundation.