Storage systems by HPE for SMEs

the correct storage system is an important component of the IT infrastructure in a company in addition to an appropriate server. Here, the data is stored, that are essential for the company. Large enterprises protect their data with especially safe and effective hardware. Many small companies often save the data on the hard drives of a server, which are often also inadequately secured. This is not necessary, however, since HPE also for such usage scenarios storage solutions offers with which small businesses can rely on functions which can be used only for enterprise environments.

 HPE MSA2040 SAN (image: HPE) HPE MSA2040 SAN (image: HPE)

small and medium-sized enterprises must like big companies can rely, that your storage system even without constant monitoring to function optimally and stable as well as powerful is available. The data must be easily accessible by users and are at the same time securely stored so that data loss can be avoided.

also small and medium-sized enterprises can these technologies put on, which is perfectly matched to your requirements. It is not necessary that companies waive a safe and fast data storage to save money. HPE provides technologies that are ideal for data storage for small businesses. This attention is paid on performance, but also to secure data storage. Smaller companies want to put State disks (SSD) for example on solid, use a NAS, or virtualization use the data store. All is possible with HPE technology at manageable costs. For every application there are different technologies that are parallel but usable and scalable.

memory small business must be doing but also as cost-effective and above all flexible. Because small and medium-sized enterprises grow quickly beyond the current storage requirements. The selected memory must be able to keep up with the growth, and be scalable. This saves costly migrations to new data storage and downtime for users. Even a simple memory management which can perform even administrators, who not only take care of IT in the enterprise, or for the storage area is not the only area they must maintain the is important. Also, HPE supports companies with software suites, which are part of the storage solutions and easy to operate.

also for small businesses is not acceptable the failure of a storage system. Therefore, the HPE entry systems offer features the resiliency, as for example RAID or the support already for cluster systems. So, you can include the memory in a Hyper-V cluster or a vSphere cluster. But also replication and creating snapshots is already useful for entry-level servers. The functions are in the software suites that contain shipped with the storage system and easy to use. Also the features integrated in the Central Administration Tools for virtualization, for example in VMware vCenter Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

HPE offers new storage technologies for SMEs

the platforms “HPE StoreVirtual 3200” and “HPE MSA 2042” at acquisition prices of under 6,000 euros for HPE StoreVirtual 3200 and 10,000 euros for HPE MSA 2042, offer scalable, high-performance data storage with features that only larger companies can use for small businesses. This small and medium sized enterprises can on storage technologies set, or achieve a high availability, which is usually only possible in large data centers. The systems are also combined, as well as with other storage systems by HPE. Of course, it should be planned at an early stage what technologies are used, so that no resources are wasted. StoreVirtual serves mainly the virtualization of existing storage technologies, including third-party manufacturers.

HPE offers various storage systems based on different technologies, so that each company can choose the ideal system for themselves. Regardless of whether a company chooses for NAS storage, SAN storage, direct-attached disk can be combined with each other and also scale. With StoreVirtual, the data store can be summed up in addition to a virtual pool. So a MSA-SAN-system can be connected for example to the HPE entry-level servers, but also external disk enclosure. MSA systems also support the link of external data memory. These are then the MSA system in the network. With different solutions, companies can combine even the various storage systems to a common, virtual data store. With virtual storage array (VSA), companies can build a SAN, or on request with integrate with existing SAN systems, other manufacturers. The HPE technologies offer all paths, so that existing systems are perfectly scalable, or can be connected to new systems. For the user, the use is transparent, and for the administrators quickly and easy to set up and maintain. HPE StoreVirtual storage can do much more, and offers very flexible and highly scalable storage for small companies, but also for companies that make high performance demands on a memory.

also small and medium-sized companies can optimally use Flash memory by HPE

small and medium-sized enterprises must storage system by HPE also in the entry area, not functions renounce, which are used only in large companies. So, the two MSA 2042 and StoreVirtual 3200 with a lower capacity storage systems may be purchased, and grow with the company if necessary. This also applies to external hard drive enclosure, which can be connected either to HPE server or MSA SAN systems. The enclosure will be managed by the MSA system and provided transparently on the network.

best entry storage, such as MSA and StoreVirtual combined with

initial server of HPE, such as for example the HPE ProLiant DL20 Gen9 or HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 . StoreVirtual can virtualize also the data storage in the network also already existing third-party data store.

HPE MSA Storage – optimal storage for SMEs

HPE offers with its HPE MSA Storage line Flash-enabled SAN storage arrays, which are inexpensive and very scalable. So, for example the HPE MSA can be extended repeatedly 2042 hybrid Flash array. The storage solution is delivered together with a software suite with the Setup and manage fast and easy can be done. Also snapshots for backup are managed with the software.

 HPE MSA 2042 (screenshot: HPE) HPE MSA 2042 (screenshot: HPE)

the array itself can with SSD or HDD be extended in almost any combination. The array stores commonly used data automatically on SSD, less often used the array to the HDD data stores. Users and administrators must comply with nothing to do so, the storage expire completely transparent, the installation is done automatically. Companies can rely on the combination they want to obtain the optimal and high-performance data storage. External storage systems are connected, these are available on MSA. External systems disappear behind the MSA. The systems are not directly addressed. External panels can only be connected to server. The hard disk enclosure can be managed by MSA, but not by VSA. For the complete data storage of the MSA, including the external disk enclosure to the VSA can be but connected. An external system is so transparent to the rest of the network, but seamlessly.

HPE MSA 2042 SAN storage – the entry level for small businesses

the HPE MSA 2042 SAN storage is one of the fastest entry-level storage arrays. The store has different host interface:

  • Fibre Channel ports with 16 GB/8 GB per controller
  • iSCSI ports with 1 GbE/10 GbE per controller
  • SAS ports 12 Gbit / s per controller

the store also supports the cluster technologies of different operating systems. This allows SMEs to use SAN storage in the cluster and cluster systems to use, and HPE MSA 2042. While the MSA system is itself not clustered, it can however be used in an operating system cluster as data storage. Officially, the HPE MSA 2042 SAN storage supports Windows, Linux, HP-UX and OpenVMS. The following operating systems are supported:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Hyper-V
  • HP-UX, Red Hat Linux
  • SUSE Linux
  • VMware ESXi 5.x
  • VMware ESXi 6.x

for the protection of the data supports the storage SAN backup, as well as memory mirroring. HPE offers three years warranty on the parts. The HPE MSA 2042 SAN storage has a 2U-Formfaktor.

HPE StoreVirtual storage – virtual data store

is a software-defined storage

HPE StoreVirtual-platform of HPE. For virtualization in the enterprise, companies should set to data storage, which is ideally suited for use in virtual environments. HPE StoreVirtual storage supports small companies with clients and servers to virtualize. The software defined storage system supports the most important virtualization solutions. This includes Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere and Linux KVM. Are supported by the hypervisor by VSA. Is still MSA is used in the company, is supporting the virtualization environment directly here by VSA, not by MSA.

the initial memory HPE StoreVirtual 3200 receives the new version a multi-controller-based scalability, as well as a new file gateway, which can be optionally to license. The dual-controller array uses the ARM-technology. HPE StoreVirtual 3200 provides RAID support, thin provisioning, and replication of data. HPE promises a 99.999 percent availability for the system. “

 HPE StoreVirtual 3200 (screenshot: HPE). HPE StoreVirtual 3200 (screenshot: HPE).

the HPE StoreVirtual 3200 works with the operating system StorageVirtual OS, which offers 99.999% availability according to HPE. Any physical data storage can be added to the system. Also supports system hybrid Flash.

HPE StoreVirtual 3000 storage offers small business functions that can be used only in large environments. The data store can add at any time during operation data storage. HPE offers PlugIns for Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere, ideally the most important virtualization solutions to connect to the data store. This allows managing the HPE storage system directly from the administrative tools for vSphere or Hyper-V out.

HPE StoreVirtual VSA – local data store of HPE servers combine

in addition to hardware solutions HPE offers the aforementioned software solution HPE StoreVirtual VSA. This summarizes the local data store of HPE servers to a virtual pool, which provides a common management and high availability. The system can connect in addition as DAS storage, such as SAN storage. In addition, HPE StoreVirtual VSA operates independently from manufacturers. You can connect also storage systems from other manufacturers. All manufacturers who support Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere, can connect to the system and combine into a common data store. As a result, companies on the basis of already existing data store create a storage array that can be used centrally in the company. The data store of each server, as well as the various data storage in the enterprise used this much more efficiently, and it is no memory broke while other data store is overloaded.  HPE StoreVirtual VSA provides SAN capabilities without requiring a dedicated storage system must be used.

HPE StoreVirtual VSA has been optimized for virtualized VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V and Linux KVM environments. With the software, the data store of HPE servers, but also other HPE memory can as well as Datenspeicherer of other manufacturers are combined into a virtual data store. Thus, companies that already have data storage in use, can build an efficient storage system.

the internal storage or direct attached storage (DAS) HPE servers can be combined with HPE StoreVirtual VSA, also to a scalable storage system. HPE StoreVirtual VSA can be tested free . In addition to a free trial period, the free version of VSA can be used in production environments. Up to 1 TB storage can thus free to bind in the network. Companies use three free licenses, so 3 TB available memory free in the network. Of course data storage can be added to at any time, also in the running.

HPE StoreEasy storage – NAS storage integrated in small and medium-sized enterprises, the use of NAS storage can be quite reasonable. The memory is quickly available, and shares can be created quickly and easily. HPE StoreEasy storage can be used for example in the form of HPE 3PAR StoreServ file controller . This provides the connection of data storage on a 2U form factor.

the system can be connected also directly with Active Directory to include the authentication in the network. In addition, HPE has 3PAR StoreServ file controller integrated endpoint protection and a backup software. Grow a company’s requirements, can be up to eight HPE a cluster group for 3PAR StoreServ file controller. Using data storage is transparent for the user, regardless of how many nodes in use are.

the new version of the datastore supports already Windows Server 2016 . In this context, for example the use of deduplication feature is interesting. So, the memory can be used much more efficiently because there is no waste of space by duplicate files. HPE warranty 3PAR StoreServ file controller also offers three years locally.

direct attach storage for HPE ProLiant-server

another way in the network to provide data storage, is the connection of local hard drive enclosures directly to each server, or MSA storage systems. Such cases can be ProLiant servers and the MSA storage systems to additional data storage scale. HPE offers hard drive enclosure which provide up to 12 Gbps SAS connectors for this purpose.

the HPE D2000 plate housing is mainly for small application environments. Up to 25 drive slots are available. Different storage controllers are used. The HPE D3000 disk enclosure is the successor of the HPE D2000.  These are suitable for small networks and offers even more power.  With the hard drive enclosures, companies expand capacity on the server and blade systems the very flexible and modular. The new version supports HPE SmartDrive drive carrier. Companies that need even more data storage, put the HPE D6020 plate housing . The case has a form factor of 5U.


HPE offers numerous and flexible storage solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises. In addition to constant SAN systems with an internal management solution, companies can apply also on NAS systems. Local hard drive enclosures are available. These extend the storage space of ProLiant servers or SAN systems by HPE. StoreVirtual can combine local data stores of HPE servers and other storage systems, also from third-party manufacturers to a pool. The systems can be combined with each other, parallel can be used horizontally as well as vertically scalable. All systems require little knowledge of IT to take it into operation and manage. In addition to the storage systems, HPE provides also the corresponding disk. These work best with SAN/NAS systems together, but also with the external hard drive enclosures. Also, SSD and HDD are available here. It becomes clear so quickly from the manifold possibilities of the HPE for data storage offers that is something here for every purpose.

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