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HPE MSA 2040 SAN Storage - Overview

Product description

HPE MSA 2040 Storage (SFF)
HPE MSA 2040 Storage (LFF)
HPE MSA 2040, a High-Performance Storage array designed for Entry-Level Hewlett Packard Enterprise users desiring 8Gb/16Gb Fibre Channel (FC), 1 GbE/10 GbE iSCSI, or 12Gb SAS connectivity with 4 host ports per controller. The MSA 2040 Storage array provides an excellent value for users needing performance balanced with price to support initiatives such as consolidation and virtualization


What's new

In the MSA 2040 array family:

  • Introducing new capacity Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and Self Encrypted Drive (SED)

    • HPE MSA 900GB 12G SAS 15K Small Form Factor (SFF) (2.5 in) Enterprise 3-year warranty hard drive HPE MSA 4TB 12G SAS 7.2K Large Form Factor (LFF) (3.5 in) midline self encrypted 1-year warranty hard drive


Product features

Capacity (Single enclosure and maximum additional drive enclosures) 1
For LFF:
  • 120TB (Single LFF Array-Head - Using 12 x 10TB LFF SAS midline drives)

  • 960TB (7 LFF disk enclosures behind LFF array and using 10TB LFF SAS midline drives)

For SFF:
  • 76.8TB (Single SFF Array-Head - Using 24 x 3.2TB SFF SSD drives)

  • 637TB (7 SFF disk enclosures behind SFF array and using 3.2TB SFF SSD drives)

Pool capacity 2
  • GL200: 169TB (154TiB)

  • GL210: 219TB (200TiB)

  • GL220: 329TB (300TiB)

  • GL220 with large pool support: 562TB (512TiB)

Cache 3
6GB per controller
Total LUNs (LUN size are dependent of the Storage architecture: Linear versus virtualized)
  • 512

  • Maximum LUN size: 140TB (128TiB)

  • Thin provisioning allows to create the LUNs independent of the physical Storage

Host interconnect
  • MSA 2040 SAN controller will support up to four connections with options of 16Gb, 8Gb FC and 10 GbE, 1 GbE iSCSI per controller

  • MSA 2040 SAS controller will support up to four 6Gb/12Gb SAS connections per controller using Mini-SAS HD cables

Maximum drives with expansion
96 LFF/199 SFF
Maximum host supported
  • 64 in v2 UI

  • 512 in v3 UI

Protocol (Host connect)
16Gb FC
Server compatibility 4
Supports most HPE ProLiant, BladeSystems and Integrity servers including
  • HPE ProLiant DL, ML

  • HPE c-Class Blade Servers

  • Integrity servers, IA64

Web browser support
  • The MSA 2040 supports target based management, and include a web interface and a telnet interface, and require a web browser for management

  • Beginning with GL200 or newer firmware, MSA 2040 users have the option to use one of two WBI's

  • Users taking advantage of virtualization features will be required to use SMU V3

  • The MSA 2040 management supports Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome

  1. Maximum available Storage capacity depends on the RAID level being implemented
  2. The above pool capacities by firmware release apply to virtual Storage only. These are usable capacity/pool. Each MSA system can support two pools therefore, each MSA Storage system can have double the usable capacity listed above
  3. 6GB cache includes data (Read/write) cache = 4GB and metadata and system Operating System (OS) memory = 2GB
  4. Depends on protocol


Software overview

OS support
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2

  • VMware

  • HPE-UX

  • Red Hat Linux (32/64)

  • SuSE SLES (32/64)

  • Citrix XenServer

  • OpenVMS

  • Solaris

  • MAC OS

Standard software
Snapshot, 64 (Snaps)
Optional software
  • Remote Snap (Linear Storage only)

  • Max snapshot (512)

  • Performance tiering


Link to QuickSpecs

Information for this Overview is taken from the product QuickSpecs. To access the complete QuickSpecs for this product, select the desired link from the following list:


Legal Disclaimer: Products sold prior to the November 1, 2015 separation of Hewlett-Packard Company into Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company and HP Inc. may have older product names and model numbers that differ from current models.

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