HPE announces next-generation Modular Smart Array

Today, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced its next-generation HPE Modular Smart Array (MSA), the HPE MSA Gen 6. Designed to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) focus on growing their business, this entry-level hybrid-flash storage solution aims to deliver performance and automation without breaking the bank.

Tech spending is limited for most SMBs. With MSA Gen 6, HPE says SMBs can get the most bang for their buck with an updated entry storage solution.

Able to secure their most valuable data while also making it easily accessible to employees, the HPE MSA Gen 6 also allows users who run on-demand businesses to manage their distributed applications and workloads easily.

A slew of updates to HPE MSA help satisfy the SMBs’ needs, including:

  • Hands-free tiering that delivers workload efficiency with improved performance and lower latencies
  • MSA Data Protection Plus (MSA DP+), which spans all drives to improve overall system efficiency
  • Enhanced MSA Health Check tool to eliminate common causes of downtime
  • HPE Cloud Volumes Backup integration to provide users a low-priced route to cloud-based data protection

“HPE has continually built on and refined the MSA product family for six generations, focusing on the balance between performance and affordability, as well as looking at the simplicity and customer experience,” said Chris Powers, VP and GM for Big Data and Collaborative Platform Development and HPE.

“HPE MSA is helping SMBs by delivering the performance and automation they need to keep their businesses running. We take pride in providing our customers with a reliable and fast solution at an affordable price so that their businesses can serve their clients efficiently,” Powers continued.


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Sky Cumming, product manager at Dicker Data, an IT distributor and HPE channel partner, added, “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.”

Cumming continued, “The auto tiering capabilities provide the performance needed to power their applications, and the archive storage provides a flexible enterprise-grade storage solution at an entry-level price point. The new HPE MSA Health Check tool protects against attacks and predicts failures before they happen so small businesses can focus on making their business thrive without an IT headache.”

The HPE MSA Gen 6 is now available for order through channel partners starting under $7,000.