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HPE MSA 1050 SAN Storage - Overview

Product description

The HPE MSA 1050 Storage brings affordable flash storage down to ever lower user segments. LThe MSA 1050 is designed to meet Entry-Level storage requirements and budgetary constraints. With the lowest storage array price points in the HPE Storage portfolio and Field-Proven ProLiant compatibility, the MSA 1050 is the platform of choice for smaller SAS, iSCSI and FC deployments.The HPE MSA 1050 features 8Gb Fibre Channel, 12Gb SAS, and 1 GbE and 10 GbE iSCSI at previously unattainable entry price points.

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What's new in the MSA 1050 array family

  • New 6-Pack HDD bundles

  • New 960GB and 1.92TB Read Intensive (RI) SSDs

  • New 14TB LFF HDD

  • Windows Server 2019 support

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Product features

Feature
Description
Configurations
  • Factory-Configured, dual controller array with 4 host ports of either 8Gb FC, 1 GbE, 10 GbE or 12Gb SAS protocols

  • Small Form Factor (SFF) or Large Form Factor (LFF) models available

Simple, proven Gen10 ProLiant compatible shared storage
  • MSA continues its heritage of providing affordable, easy to use shared storage without a big learning curve

  • Intuitive setup and management for ProLiant administrators

  • New look-and-feel will fit right in with user's Gen10 ProLiant servers

Access to MSA 1050 advanced data services with simplified licensing approach
  • Leverage flash storage with easy to use, easy to maintain tiering and read cache technologies

  • No storage expertise necessary, system dynamically responds to workload changes, so user do not have to

Expandable and upgradable to meet new demands
  • Add new HDDs or disk expansions to user's MSA 1050

  • Upgrade system to the MSA 2050 through Data-in-Place upgrade: a simple 15 minute upgrade

  • No Time-Consuming migrations required

Standard features
  • MSA 1050 storage system architecture maximizes performance

    • Includes SFF or LFF array chassis, depending on model

    • Two FC, iSCSI or SAS controllers, depending on model

      • Two host ports per controller

      • Each controller supports 8Gb FC, 1 GbE iSCSI, 10 GbE iSCSI or 12Gb SAS host connectivity, depending on model

    • 6GB cache per controller. (4GB Read/Write plus 2GB system)

    • Battery-Free cache backup with super capacitors and compact flash

  • Storage Management Utility (SMU)

  • Thin provisioning allows storage allocation of physical storage resources only once they are consumed by an application

  • All models feature a wide variety of drives

  • The MSA 1050 will support a maximum of 3 disk enclosures (Either LFF and/or SFF)

  • The MSA 1050 can grow incrementally to a maximum of 48 LFF, 96 SFF drives, or a combination of SFF and LFF enclosures up to the maximum of 4 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

  • 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

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

  • Snapshot enhancements for virtual storage

  • 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 1040 array are able to do Data-in-Place upgrades to the new MSA 1050 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 whitepaper before upgrading the MSA 1040, 2040 or 2042 systems.

Modular chassis
2U Rack height. 12 LFF or 24 SFF drive bays, accommodating SSDs, SAS and SAS MDL drives
Drives available
The MSA 1050 storage systems support both the MSA 3.5 in LFF drives, and the MSA 2.5 in 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 (MDL) drives are usually reserved for archival of data as they are relatively in expensive and are available in very large capacities

Optional disk enclosures
  • MSA 2050 LFF disk enclosure

    • The MSA 2050 LFF disk enclosure can be attached to the MSA 1050 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 1050 array expansion port or existing disk enclosure cascade port

    • LFF and/or SFF disk enclosures can be mixed up to the maximum of 3 total disk enclosures

    • HPE MSA 2050 LFF disk enclosure

  • HPE MSA 2050 SFF disk enclosure

    • The MSA 2050 SFF disk enclosure can be attached to the MSA 1050 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 1050 array expansion port or existing disk enclosure cascade port

    • LFF and/or SFF disk enclosures can be mixed up to the maximum of 3 total disk enclosures

    • HPE MSA 2050 SFF disk enclosure

Scalability
  • LFF configurations can scale up to 120TB SAS MDL per array enclosure, expandable to 480TB SAS MDL with the addition of a maximum of three MSA 2050 LFF disk enclosure

  • Small Form Factor configurations can scale up to 76.8TB SAS SSDs per array enclosure, expandable to 307.2TB SAS with the addition of a maximum of three 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
  • 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 1050 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 (128 TiB). 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 1050 supports large, flexible volumes with sizes up to 128TiB and facilitates seamless capacity expansion. As pools are expanded data automatically reflows to balance capacity utilization on all drives.

RAID 1, 5, 6, 10
The MSA 1050 features several important additional RAID 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
Performance
MSA 1050 End-to-End performance results:(Using VE270 firmware release)
MSA 1050 Array performance
HPE MSA 1050 8Gb Fibre channel with HDDs
HPE MSA 1050 8Gb Fibre channel with SSDs
MSA 1050 RAID 1 SSD Performance results
Random reads (IOPs)
-
91,856
Random writes (IOPs)
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39,146
MSA 1050 RAID 5 Performance results
Segmented sequential reads (MB/s)
3,079
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Segmented sequential writes (MB/s)
2,771
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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 1050 management supports Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome
Hot plug expansion and replacement support
All MSA 1050 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 enclosuresis also supported.
3rd Party server support
The MSA 1050 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.

Advanced virtualized features
  • Automated tiering of enterprise SAS (Standard tier) and MDL SAS (Archive tier)

  • Read cache and Wide-Striping

  • Sub-LUN tiering from SAS MDL to Enterprise SAS drives is also a standard feature

Advanced data services suite
  • The optional advanced data services suite includes the following functionality:

    • Performance tiering between the SSD tier and the standard or archive tier

    • 512 Snapshots

    • Remote snaps

Performance Tiering and Archive Tiering
  • A Performance tier with SSDs

  • A Standard SAS tier with enterprise SAS HDDs

  • An Archive tier utilizing MDL SAS HDDs

Snapshot and volume copy
  • All MSA 1050 arrays come standard with 64 snaps

  • A 512 Snapshot license is available as an option on the MSA 1050

  • Snapshots create up to 512 Point-in-Time copies of data

  • Volume copy can create up to 128 Point-in-Time copies of data

  • Point-in-Time copies become standard volumes when they are complete

  • 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

  • If telephone support and software updates are desired for bundled software functionalities like 64 snapshots and volume copy software, a combination HW + SW support care pack must be purchased

Remote snap
  • HPE Remote snap replication technology provides the ability to accomplish key data management andprotection capabilities.

  • HPE MSA Remote snap software is array based software that provides remote replication on the HPEMSA 1050 array products

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

HPE OneView for VMware vCenter
When deployed with the MSA 1050 array, HPE OneView provides the following:
  • Active management functionality for the MSA 1050 array

    • Create/Expand/Delete a Datastore

    • Create a virtual mMachine from a template

  • Monitors the health and status of the MSA 1050

  • Displays LUN / volume connections from VMs and ESX servers to the arrays and provides the location and attributes of the MSA 1050 within the SAN

  • Identifies what storage features are available to allow administrators to match the features available on the MSA 1050 to their requirements

  • Provide a Cluster-Level view of the storage

HPE StoreFront manager for Microsoft
  • Monitors the health, events and alerts for the MSA 1050 - Virtual pools, and volumes

  • Provides detailed information on the VMs provisioned through MSA Storage

  • Effortless installation and configuration using powershell

vStorage API for array integration (VAAI)
  • Storage hardware primitives for VAAI

    • Full copy or hardware assisted move

    • Block zeroing or hardware assisted zeroing

    • Hardware assisted locking or Atomic Test and Set (ATS)

    UNMAP reclaims space that is no longer on a thinly provisioned VMFS volume

Other features
  • Storage based a synchronous snapshot replication

  • Support of iSCSI 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

  • Replication between on MSA 1050 to another MSA is supported (1 to 1 peer connection)

  • Replication up to four MSA 1050s to a single MSA 2050 is supported

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

  • Flexible architecture allows remote replication between MSA 1050 and MSA 2050 or MSA 2040/1040 arrays using the virtual storage architecture and licensed for remote snap

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

  • 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 user's critical business data

  • No-Single-Point-of-Failure solution to increase the availability of user's data

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End-to-End performance figures using virtual storage (Using VE270 firmware)

HPE MSA 1050 End-to-End Performance Figures1
Controller model
HPE MSA 1050 SAN
HPE MSA 1050 SAS
Host protocol 2
8Gb FC
10 GbE iSCSI
1 GbE iSCSI
12Gb SAS
Drive technology
HDD
SSD
HDD
SSD
HDD
SSD
HDD
SSD
MSA 1050 RAID 10 performance results 3,4,9,10,11
Random reads IOPS
31,800
91,856
31,700
86,981
31,500
53,523
31,900
93,548
Random writes IOPS
29,653
39,146
29,496
37,461
26,502
34,565
28,124
38,935
Random mix 60/40 IOPS
26,992
55,796
27,050
52,709
26,847
49,065
26,622
55,751
Sequential reads MB/s
3,079
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3,760
-
441
-
4,682
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Sequential writes MB/s
2,771
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2,971
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430
-
2,961
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MSA 1050 RAID 5 performance results 5,6,9,10,11
Random reads IOPS
29,903
85,876
29,657
81,636
29,421
53,517
29,100
87,691
Random writes IOPS
14,154
20,938
14,525
20,369
14,179
19,326
13,562
20,869
Random mix 60/40 IOPS
17,378
36,294
17,642
34,869
17,486
32,942
16,932
36,147
Sequential reads MB/s
3,078
-
3,675
-
441
-
3,846
-
2,850
-
2,420
-
441
-
3,125
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MSA 1050 RAID 6 performance results 7,8,9,10,11
Random reads IOPS
29,930
85,706
29,713
80,895
29,569
53,512
29,918
86,401
Random writes IOPS
10,197
17,992
10,192
17,471
10,163
16,732
7,597
17,902
Random mix 60/40 IOPS
12,767
32,697
13,336
31,329
13,308
29,895
12,310
32,496
Sequential reads MB/s
3,078
-
3,728
-
441
-
4,263
-
Sequential writes MB/s
2,683
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2,320
-
441
-
2,783
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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 (OS) 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 1050 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.
  2. Fibre Channel results were measured using 8Gb FC Host Bus Adapters (HBA). SAS results were measured using 6Gb SAS HBA. 10 GbE iSCSI results were measured using 10 GbE iSCSI HBA. 1 GbE iSCSI results were measured using 1 GbE Network Interface Controllers (NICs).
  3. MSA 1050 RAID 10 Hard Disk Drive (HDD) random results: Dual controller configuration, (96) 15K HDD, 12 drives per disk group, 4 disk groups per pool, 2 volumes per pool.
  4. MSA 1050 RAID 10 HDD sequential results: Dual controller configuration, (48) 15K HDD, 12 drives per disk group, 2 disk groups per pool, 2 volumes per pool.
  5. MSA 1050 RAID 5 HDD random results: Dual controller configuration, (96) 15K HDD, 12 drives per disk group, 4 disk groups per pool, 2 volumes per pool.
  6. MSA 1050 RAID 5 HDD sequential results: Dual controller configuration, (36) 15K HDD, 9 drives per disk group, 2 disk groups per pool, 2 volumes per pool.
  7. MSA 1050 RAID 6 HDD random results: Dual controller configuration, (96) 15K HDD, 12 drives per disk group, 4 disk groups per pool, 2 volumes per pool.
  8. MSA 1050 RAID 6 HDD sequential results: Dual controller configuration, (40) 15K HDD, 10 drives per disk group, 2 disk groups per pool, 2 volumes per pool.
  9. MSA 1050 RAID 1 SSD results: Dual controller configuration, (4) SSDs, 2 SSDs per disk group, 1 disk group per pool, 2 volumes per pool.
  10. MSA 1050 RAID 5 SSD results: Dual controller configuration, (6) SSDs, 3 SSDs per disk group, 1 disk group per pool, 2 volumes per pool.
  11. MSA 1050 RAID 6 SSD results: Dual controller configuration, (8) SSDs, 4 SSDs per disk group, 1 disk group per pool, 2 volumes per pool.

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Software overview and HPE Server compatibility

Feature
Description
OS support
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012

  • VMware

  • Red Hat Linux

  • SuSE SLES Linux

HPE MSA Software and data services
  • HPE MSA 1050 Advanced Virtualization Software

  • HPE MSA Performance Automated Tiering

  • HPE MSA Snapshot Software

  • HPE MSA Volume Copy Software

  • HPE MSA Remote Snap Software

  • HPE StoreEasy File Services

  • HPE MSA Advanced Data Services Suite

HPE Server compatibility
The MSA 1050 supports most HPE ProLiant and BladeSystems servers including:
  • HPE ProLiant DL Servers

  • HPE ProLiant ML Servers

  • HPE c-Class Blade Servers

Software features
  • Thin Technologies: Thin Provisioning, Space Reclamation, Thin Rebuild

  • Tiering: Performance Tier, Standard Tier, Archive Tier

  • Replication: Snapshots (512), Volume Copy, Remote Snaps

  • Quality of Service: Virtual Tier Affinity

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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:

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Link to drivers, firmware, software and manuals

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