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HPE MSA 2050 SAN Storage - Overview

Product description

The flash-ready HPE MSA 2050 Storage system is designed for affordable application acceleration that is ideal for small and remote office deployments. But do not let the low cost fool user. The HPE MSA 2050 Storage system gives the combination of simplicity, flexibility to grow now and into the future, and advanced features user may not expect to find in an entry-priced array. Start small and scale as needed with any combination of Solid State Disks (SSD), high-performance enterprise or lower-cost Midline (MDL) Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) based drives.

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What's new in the MSA 2050 array family

  • New 6-pack HDD bundles.

  • New 960GB and 1.92TB Read Intensive (RI) Solid State Drives (SSDs).

  • Windows Server 2019 support.

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Key features

  • 200,000+ IOPS starting at affordable application acceleration

    • Flexible base model delivers 2 x IOPS performance than the previous generation MSA for the same price.

  • Advanced data services with no experience required

    • Easy to install, easy to use and easy to maintain - No storage expertise necessary.

    • Automated tiering dynamically responds to workload changes, so user do not have to.

  • Keep users business running with expanded data protection features

    • New virtualized snapshot technology makes data protection and instant recovery a snap.

    • Remote replication with FC and iSCSI supports affordable disaster recovery.

  • Grow flexibly now and into the future

    • Data-in-place upgrades protect drive investments and eliminate data migrations.

    • Start small and scale as needed with any combination of SSD, Enterprise or Midline SAS drives.

Product features

Features
Description
Common set of valuable features (For all MSA 2050 models)
  • Storage Management Utility V3 (SMU). The MSA management GUI brings a new modern look and feel to array management.

  • Thin Provisioning allows storage allocation of physical storage resources only once they are consumed by an application. Thin Provisioning also allows over-provisioning of physical storage pool resources allowing ease of growth for volumes without predicting storage capacity upfront.

  • All models feature a wide variety of drives: High-performance SSD drives, enterprise-class SAS, and SAS midline drives.

  • The MSA 2050 will support a maximum of 7 disk enclosures (either LFF and/or SFF). Add-on enclosures can either be HPE MSA 2050 LFF Disk Enclosure or HPE MSA 2050 SFF Disk Enclosure.

  • The MSA 2050 can grow incrementally to a maximum of 96 LFF, 192 SFF drives, or a combination of SFF and LFF enclosures up to the maximum of 8 total enclosures.

  • Virtual Storage Disks Groups can be spanned across multiple enclosures.Virtual Storage RAID levels supported: 1, 5, 6, 10.

  • Maximum hard drive counts vary by RAID levels: 2 drive max for RAID level 1; max of 16 drives for RAID levels 5, 6, and10.

  • Multiple disk groups can be aggregated into a single Storage Pool.

  • Storage Pools allow data on a given LUN to span across all drives in a pool. When capacity is added to a system, the user is also getting a performance benefit of the additional spindles.

    The maximum LUN size is 140TB (128TiB).

  • Snapshot enhancements for virtual storage, including performance improvements, hierarchical snapshots, and simplified resource management. Administrators can monitor and optionally control snapshot space usage.

  • Prioritize data by assigning appropriate affinity level (Performance, No Affinity or Archive).

  • End-user can configure 512TiB capacity per virtual pool by enabling large pool support.

  • Non-disruptive on-line controller code upgrade. Requires Multi-pathing software.

  • Upgradable by design. Owners of an MSA 2040, MSA 2042 and MSA 1040 array are able to do data-in-place upgrades to the new MSA 2050 array. This unique ability protects the earlier investments in drives, and JBODs.

    • Certain limitations are applicable. Please review the Upgrading to the HPE MSA 1050/2050/2052 Technical Whitepaper before upgrading the MSA 2040, MSA 2042 or MSA 1040 systems.

Application solutions
The HPE MSA 2050 Storage is the ideal solution for users running Oracle, Microsoft, SAP environments and those users who are deploying virtual server technologies like VMware and Hyper-V. The MSA 2050 delivers enterprise functionality that enhances virtual environments, simplifies management, and reduces costs. Easy to deploy, scale and maintain, HPE MSA 2050 Arrays ensure that crucial business data remains available.
SAN Controller
MSA 2050 SAN controller supports 8Gb FC, 16Gb FC, 1 GbE iSCSI or 10 GbE iSCSI host connectivity.
SAS Controller
MSA 2050 SAS controller supports 6Gb and/or 12Gb SAS host connectivity.
Modular chassis
2U Rack height. 12 LFF or 24 SFF drive bays. All MSA 2050 SAN Storage systems come standard with 2 SAN controllers.
Drives available
The MSA 2050 SAN Storage systems support both the MSA 3.5-inch LFF drives, and the MSA 2.5-inch SFF drives.
  • Solid State Drives (SSDs) deliver exceptional performance for applications requiring high random read IOPs performance.

  • Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) enterprise-class drives are designed for high demand, 24x7 usage.

  • SAS Midline drives are usually reserved for archival of data as they are relatively inexpensive and are available in very large capacities.

Optional disk enclosures
Just as the user has a choice of chassis for the array enclosure (LFF or SFF drive bays), they also have a choice of expansion disk enclosures accommodating either drive size. Both the MSA 2050 LFF Disk Enclosure and MSA 2050 SFF Disk Enclosure can be hot-added to an operating array. SFF and LFF Array enclosures and Disk Enclosures can be mixed without limitations.
MSA 2050 LFF disk enclosure
This 2U enclosure is designed to support twelve HPE Storage LFF drives and accepts MSA dual-ported 12Gb SSD and SAS Midline hard drives. The pre-configured MSA 2050 LFF Disk Enclosure has two I/O modules and supports the MSA 2050 dual controller arrays.
  • The MSA 2050 LFF disk enclosure can be attached to the MSA 2050 LFF or SFF Storage models.

  • Each MSA 2050 LFF disk enclosure ships standard with two .5 m mini-SAS to mini-SAS cables for connection to the MSA 2050 array expansion port or existing disk enclosure cascade port.

  • LFF and/or SFF disk enclosures can be mixed up to the maximum of 7 total disk enclosures.

HPE MSA 2050 SFF disk enclosure
This 2U enclosure is designed to support twenty four HPE Storage 2.5-inch SFF drive bays and accepts MSA dual ported 12Gb SSD, SAS, or SAS MDL hard drives. The pre-configured MSA 2050 SFF disk enclosure has two I/O modules and supports the MSA 2050 dual controller arrays.
  • The MSA 2050 SFF disk enclosure can be attached to the MSA 2050 LFF or SFF Storage models.
  • Each MSA 2050 SFF disk enclosure ships standard with a two .5 m mini-SAS to mini-SAS cables for connection to the MSA 2050 array expansion port or existing disk enclosure cascade port.

  • LFF and/or SFF disk enclosures can be mixed up to the maximum of 7 total disk enclosures.

Scalability
The MSA 2050 array configurations are designed to allow an installation to begin with smaller capacity and be able to grow gradually as needed. The flexibility of SSD, SAS or SAS MDL drives technology, form factors, sizes, speeds,and costs per GB allows a system to easily fit in almost any budget.
  • Large Form Factor (LFF) configurations can scale up to 144TB SAS midline per array enclosure, expandable to 1152TB SAS Midline with the addition of a maximum of seven MSA 2050 LFF disk enclosure.

  • Small Form Factor (SFF) configurations can scale up to 76.8TB SAS SSDs per array enclosure, expandable to 614.4TB SAS with the addition of a maximum of seven MSA 2050 SFF disk enclosure.

  • Users may configure an MSA 2050 SFF array enclosure with MSA 2050 LFF Disk Enclosure. This is an excellent option for a configuration that supports high-speed SFF SSDs or fast SFF enterprise-class SAS drives in the array enclosure, combined with economical LFF drives staged for archival purposes, all in the same array.

Disk group
  • A disk group is a collection of disks in a given redundancy mode (RAID 1, 5, 6, 10)

  • Disk group RAID level and size can be created based on performance and/or capacity requirements

  • Multiple disk groups can be allocated into a Storage pool for use with the virtual Storage features

LUNs
  • The MSA 2050 arrays support 512 volumes and up to 512 snapshots in a system.

  • All of these volumes can be mapped to LUNs.

  • Maximum LUN sizes up to 140TB (128TiB).

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

Storage pools
  • Storage pools are comprised of one or more disk groups.

  • A volume’s data on a given LUN can now span all disk drives in a pool.

  • When capacity is added to a system, users will benefit from the performance of all spindles in that pool.

  • The MSA 2050 supports large, flexible volumes with sizes up to 128TiB and facilitates seamless capacity expansion.

  • As volumes are expanded data automatically reflows to balance capacity utilization on all drives.

RAID 1, 5, 6,10
  • The MSA 2050 features several important additional levels.

  • RAID 6 offers the highest level of RAID protection.

  • It allocates two sets of parity data across drives and allows simultaneous write operations.

  • It can withstand two simultaneous drive failures without downtime or data loss.

  • RAID 10 is mirroring and striping without parity and allows large disk groups to be created with high performance and mirroring for fault tolerance.

  • RAID 5 combines the block striping and parity.

  • Because data and parity are striped across all of the disks, no single disk is a bottle neck. Striping also allows users to reconstruct data in case of a disk failure.

Performance
  • The performance figures provided here are for reference as many variables exist between array configurations, workloads, hard drive types, disk group setup parameters and host system setup.

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise has traditionally published a set of end-to-end MSA performance specifications that are fed into HPE sizer tools which are based on conservative real-world configurations.

  • For consistency, the MSA performance numbers have been documented in both benchmark and end-to-end performance tables.

  • Complete end-to-end performance results will be provided for the MSA 2050 in a subsequent publication. These numbers are subject to change without notice.

MSA 2050 end-to-end performance results:
MSA 2050 Array Performance1
HPE MSA 2050 Converged SAN Controller with HDDs
HPE MSA 2050 Converged SAN Controller with Mixed Use SSDs
Protocol (Host connect)
16Gb fibre channel
16Gb fibre channel
MSA 2050 RAID 1 SSD performance results2
Random reads (IOPs)
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220,800
Random writes (IOPs)
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103,000
MSA 2050 RAID 5 performance results3, 4
Segmented sequential reads (MB/s)
5,290
-
Segmented sequential writes (MB/s)
4,650
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NOTE: End-to-End performance notes
  1. Performance results were generated using internal HPE test tools. Number and type of applications, drive type and number of drives, operating system used, and the number of hosts will affect overall performance. This table is provided strictly as a test-lab comparison
  2. Dual Controller configuration, (8) 400GB Mixed Use SSDs, RAID: 1, two drives per Disk Group; two Disk Groups per Pool, 2 volumes per Pool, block size: 8k, average latency under 5 ms, Windows Server 2012 host, 16Gb FC direct connect to array
  3. Dual Controller configuration, (72) 15k HDD, RAID: 5, nine drives per Disk Group, 4 Disk Groups per Pool, 32 volumes per Pool, block size: 256k, average latency under 30 ms, Windows Server 2012 host, 16Gb FC direct connect to array
  4. Sequential performance numbers were generated using segmented sequential workloads. For segmented sequential workloads with a queue depth greater than 1, each sequential stream is targeted to operate on a separate LBA range. Other types of sequential workloads that target specific LBA ranges may achieve higher results
Configuration and management tools
  • Management access, out-of-band, SMU, CLI.

  • Interface types: USB 100/1000 Ethernet.

  • Protocols supported:SNMP, SMI-S, SSH, SMTP, FTP, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS, Telnet.

Web browser support
The MSA 2050 management supports:
  • Mozilla Firefox.

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer.

  • Google Chrome.

Hot plug expansion and replacement support
  • All MSA 2050 models support hot plug expansion and replacement of redundant controllers, enclosures, fans, power supplies, and I/O modules for simple, fast installation and maintenance.

  • Hot add expansion of disk enclosures is also supported.

HPE Server compatibility
The MSA 2050 supports most HPE ProLiant, BladeSystems and Integrity servers including:
  • HPE ProLiant DL Servers

  • HPE ProLiant ML Servers

  • HPE c-Class Blade Servers

  • Integrity servers, IA64

3rd Party server support
The MSA 2050 supports most multi-vendor industry standard Intel and AMD based (x86) servers. Hewlett Packard Enterprise requires the third-party server to be logged and listed on the Microsoft Windows Server catalog
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise recommends that the third-party server vendor is an active member of TSANet.

  • Non-HPE servers will generally be supported if the HPE Storage stack is used. This includes supported HPE branded HBAs and drivers, and supported FC switches.

Additional features
  • Storage based asynchronous snapshot replication.

  • Support of both Ethernet and Fibre Channel interconnects provides flexible options to the application environments.

  • Snapshot based replication technology means only changed data will be replicated to alternate site.

  • Many to 1 replication (Up to 4 nodes) - primary use case is to replicate from "many" branch offices to the home office for the purpose of backing up data from the branches.

  • Advanced scheduler provides several options to IT administrators for business continuance.

  • Flexible architecture allows remote replication between MSA 2050 and MSA 2040 or MSA 1040 arrays using the virtual storage architecture and licensed for Remote Snap. Protects existing investments and enhances business continuity planning objectives.

  • Snapshot based replication enables both local and remote recovery depending on the need.

  • Snapshot replication isolates problems to a specific point in time which can be selected by the administrator. Additionally snapshot replication supports longer distance replication.

  • Multiple relationships provide greater storage flexibility and utilization.

  • 512 Snapshots and Volume Copy integration provides better efficiencies by combining the management and array technologies to create local copies.

  • Fast application recovery with minimal or no transaction loss.

  • Creation of disaster tolerant copies of users critical business data.

  • No-single-point-of-failure solution to increase the availability of user data

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End-to-End performance figures using virtual storage

HPE MSA 2050 End-to-End Performance Figures1
Controller model
HPE MSA 2050 SAN
HPE MSA 2050 SAS
Host protocol 2
16Gb FC
10 GbE iSCSI
1 GbE iSCSI
12Gb SAS
Drive technology
HDD
SSD
HDD
SSD
HDD
SSD
HDD
SSD
MSA 2050 RAID 10 performance results 3,4,5,11
Random Reads IOPS
63,600
220,800
63,500
208,400
63,200
103,700
50,800
219,100
Random Writes IOPS
37,300
103,000
37,300
94,300
37,200
93,300
37,100
97,500
Random Mix 60/40 IOPS
47,600
142,100
46,600
133,000
46,800
130,500
44,500
138,800
Sequential Reads MB/s
5,350
-
5,350
-
880
-
5,350
-
Sequential Writes MB/s
3,110
-
3,110
-
880
-
3,120
-
MSA 2050 RAID 5 performance results 6,7,12
Random Reads IOPS
56,300
219,200
55,800
201,400
56,000
103,400
47,300
209,600
Random Writes IOPS
18,100
43,400
18,000
41,400
18,300
40,600
18,000
43,100
Random Mix 60/40 IOPS
29,100
80,000
29,200
75,400
28,700
73,900
28,000
78,700
Sequential Reads MB/s
5,290
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5,280
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880
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5,290
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4,650
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3,870
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880
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4,710
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MSA 2050 RAID 6 performance results 8,9,10,13
Random Reads IOPS
56,100
219,000
55,700
201,300
55,700
105,000
47,400
209,800
Random Writes IOPS
13,000
36,000
13,000
35,600
13,200
35,300
13,000
36,700
Random Mix 60/40 IOPS
21,400
72,200
21,200
68,500
21,300
67,300
21,300
71,500
Sequential Reads MB/s
5,550
-
5,530
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880
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5,560
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Sequential Writes MB/s
4,440
-
3,680
-
880
-
4,600
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NOTE: RAID 1 was used for SSD testing.

Number and type of applications, drive type and number of drives, operating system used, and the number of hosts will affect overall performance. This table is provided strictly as a test-lab comparison. These numbers reflect a full array configuration with the maximum number of front-end ports and controllers. The test results shown for the HPE MSA 2050 are designed to give a conservative reference point for comparisons

  1. Sequential tests (MB/s) are based on 256K block sizes and random tests (IOPS) are based on 8K block sizes run against the storage. For sequential workloads with a queue depth greater than 1, each sequential stream is targeted to operate on a separate LBA range. Other types of sequential workloads that target specific LBA ranges may achieve higher results. Results cannot be expected with a single host.
  2. Fibre Channel results were measured using 16 Gb FC Host Bus Adapters. SAS results were measured using 12 Gb SAS Host Bus Adapters. 10 GbE iSCSI results were measured using 10GbE iSCSI Host Bus Adapters. 1 GbE iSCSI results were measured using 1GbE network interface controllers (NICs). Hosts were directly attached to the HPE MSA 2050 array.
  3. MSA 2050 RAID 10 Hard Disk Drive (HDD) random results: Dual Controller configuration, (192) 15K HDD, 12 drives per disk group, 8 disk groups per pool, 8 volumes per pool.
  4. MSA 2040 RAID 10 Hard Disk Drive (HDD) sequential read results: Dual Controller configuration, (96) 15K SAS HDDs, 12 drives per disk group, 4 disk groups per pool, 4 volumes per pool.
  5. MSA 2040 RAID 10 Hard Disk Drive (HDD) sequential write results: Dual Controller configuration, (48) 15K SAS HDDs, 12 drives per disk group, 2 disk groups per pool, 4 volumes per pool.
  6. MSA 2050 RAID 5 Hard Disk Drive (HDD) random results: Dual Controller configuration, (180) 15K HDD, 9 drives per disk group, 10 disk groups per pool, 10 volumes per pool.
  7. MSA 2050 RAID 5 Hard Disk Drive (HDD) sequential results: Dual Controller configuration, (72) 15K HDD, 9 drives per disk group, 4 disk groups per pool, 4 volumes per pool.
  8. MSA 2050 RAID 6 Hard Disk Drive (HDD) random results: Dual Controller configuration, (180) 15K HDD, 10 drives per disk group, 9 disk groups per pool, 9 volumes per pool.
  9. MSA 2050 RAID 6 Hard Disk Drive (HDD) sequential read results: Dual Controller configuration, (80) 15K HDD, 10 drives per disk group, 4 disk groups per pool, 4 volumes per pool.
  10. MSA 2050 RAID 6 Hard Disk Drive (HDD) sequential write results: Dual Controller configuration, (40) 15K HDD, 10 drives per disk group, 2 disk groups per pool, 4 volumes per pool.
  11. MSA 2050 RAID 1 Solid State Drives (SSD) results: Dual Controller configuration, (8) SSDs, 2 SSDs per disk group, 2 disk groups per pool, 4 volumes per pool.
  12. MSA 2050 RAID 5 Solid State Drives (SSD) results: Dual Controller configuration, (6) SSDs, 3 SSDs per disk group, 1 disk group per pool, 4 volumes per pool.
  13. MSA 2050 RAID 6 Solid State Drives (SSD) results: Dual Controller configuration, (8) SSDs, 4 SSDs per disk group, 1 disk group per pool, 4 volumes per pool.

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Software overview

Feature
Description
OS Support
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2019

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012

  • VMware

  • HP-UX

  • Red Hat Linux

  • SuSE SLES Linux

  • Solaris

  • Oracle Linux

  • Citrix XenServer

Advanced Data Services Suite
The HPE MSA Advanced Data Services Suite can be purchased as an option on the MSA 2050 Storage systems.
The optional Advanced Data Services Suite includes the following functionality:
  • Performance Tiering and Archive Tiering.

  • 512 Snapshots and volume copy.

  • Remote snaps.

Performance tiering and archive tiering
Disk tiers are comprised of aggregating 1 or more disk groups of similar physical disks. The MSA 2050 supports 3 distinct tiers:
  • A Performance tier with SSDs.

  • A Standard SAS tier with Enterprise SAS HDDs.

  • An Archive tier utilizing Midline SAS HDDs.

Snapshot and volume copy
  • All MSA 2050 arrays come standard with 64 snaps.

  • A 512 Snapshot license is available as an option on the MSA 2050.

  • Snapshots create up to 512 point-in-time copies of data.

  • Volume Copies create up to 128 point-in-time copies of data.

  • Volume Copies create up to 128 point-in-time copies of data.

  • Recovery is instant - revert data from any previous Snapshot or Volume Copy.

  • Backup 'snapped' data to disk, virtual tape, or physical tape without a backup window.

Remote Snap
  • HPE MSA Remote Snap Software is array based software that provides remote replication on the HPE MSA 2050 array products.

  • HPE Remote Snap replication technology provides the ability to accomplish key data management and protection capabilities.

  • In order to perform a replication, a snapshot of the volume to be replicated is taken, creating a point-in-time image of the data.

NOTE: One Advanced Data Services Suite license per array is required for replication. For example, if two MSA arrays are performing replication (from Primary system to Remote System), then a total of 2 licenses will be required.

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