HPE Debuts Sub-$10K Hybrid Flash Storage Array for SMBs

By Pedro Hernandez

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today took the wraps off two new storage systems for small and midsized businesses (SMBs), including a hybrid-flash array that squeezes just under the $10,000 mark.

HPE's new MSA 2042 hybrid-flash array, available to order now, costs $9,877 in a 1.2 TB configuration and packs 800 GB of solid-state drive capacity. Customers can configure the system's SSD storage to act as a read cache accelerator or to serve as a performance tier that speeds up both read and write operations at no additional cost. The included storage management software suite provides data protection and automated data tiering.

Compared to its all-HDD predecessor, the MSA 2040, the new SAN hardware can boost application response times by up to 80 percent and improve database transactions speeds by 60 percent. Those performance gains, once reserved for enterprise IT organizations will hefty budgets, are now more attainable to smaller businesses, according to Brad Parks, director if HPE Storage Go-To-Market Strategy and Enablement.

"As with technologies that have come before traditional high-end capabilities found their way to the midrange and now down into entry price points. The difference is that trajectory has accelerated with flash going from niche to mainstream to SMB accessible in just a matter of a year or two," wrote Parks in an Aug. 15 blog post. "The cost barriers and complexity concerns that have kept smaller businesses from deploying flash and other newer solutions are being shattered."

Also unveiled today is the HPE StoreVirtual 3200 array. With a starting price of $6,055, the dual-controller storage system uses 64-bit ARM processors to power enterprise-grade data services including thin provisioning, data replication and snapshots.

Later this quarter, HPE plans to release its StoreVirtual Migration Manager software to ease migrations to the new system for existing customers. HPE estimates that a single StoreVirtual 3200 can provide the same performance of a dual-node StoreVirtual 3200 system at less than half the cost.

The hardware is also compatible with HPE's unified software-defined storage operating system software ecosystem, noted said Bill Philbin, vice president and general manager of HPE Storage.

"No matter your size, when it comes to today's digital transformation, 'good enough' storage is no longer good enough," said Philbin in a statement. "By lowering the cost of flash and enabling a composable data fabric across storage systems and hyper-converged appliances, HPE is helping customers get off the disposable technology treadmill and onto storage they can grow with, not out of."

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

This article was originally published on August 15, 2016