HP MSA 2040 Storage (2015) review

HP new Gen4 MSA 2040 delivers enterprise storage virtualisation at an SMB price

Automatic everything

The latest GL200 firmware introduces HP's new SMU v3 web console which you'll need to use if you want virtual volumes, data tiering and caching. We've been used to the older SMU v2 web interface and found it took us a while to get the hang of it.

Its quick start wizard made light work of initial deployment where it helped us configure general system settings, management access and data port assignments. The system supports two storage pools assigned to each controller and within these we created virtual disk groups.

The rest is automated as SAS drives are placed in the standard tier, NL-SAS arrays get put in the archive tier and, if licensed, SSDs go into the performance tier. We could also create SSD read caches which are automatically assigned to the storage pools.

Disk groups are automatically placed in the storage tier best suited to the selected drives

Dave Mitchell

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