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We performed a comparison between HPE StorageWorks MSA and NetApp FAS Series based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed HPE StorageWorks MSA vs. NetApp FAS Series report (Updated: September 2022).
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Pros
"The simple configuration feature is great. It is very simple, allowing you to set up MSA very easily.""The most valuable features were the dual controllers and being able to expand it.""The most valuable features are the storage levels and snapshot features.""The solution is very easy to use, it is not really complex for any user, such as non-technical individuals.""The product is very easy to deploy."

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"The solution is stable.""The replication feature is noteworthy because it's faster than most and it uses little bandwidth. Then there's the friendly interface that the equipment offers. With this interface, it is very easy to manage.""The solution is easy to use.""NetApp FAS is highly stable and reliable, especially under a heavy load. That is what I like most about the NetApp.""It's an easy product to use that is stable and has good performance.""The input and output per second performance are satisfactory.""Flexible and reliable storage solution with multiple features such as cloning, replication, and deduplication. Data migration can be done without any performance implications on the production systems.""The file sharing feature is most valuable."

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Cons
"The support contract is expensive, although they are very responsive.""It would be ideal if there was a better management interface.""Synchronized replication is very important for MSA; however, HPE StorageWorks MSA doesn't provide synchronized replication.""The solution could improve by adding configuration tools.""This product is getting a little bit older, so new features like deduplication are not included."

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"There is no NetApp infrastructure set up here in Greece.""Interfacing with the cloud environment could be better. I want to be able to move some cloud volume and integrate it seamlessly with my home on-premise storage. Sometimes I have issues with port permissions. NetApp probably needs to improve more on the integration side from on-premise to the cloud.""We are not able to connect to the support of NetApp from Sudan. We have to go through many agents for support, which makes it difficult.""No other area for improvement comes to mind other than its price. Making the price more attractive will help this solution have a bigger market share.""I think this kind of infrastructure is mostly obsolete. To keep up with developments in this space, you need to move all these features to an All-Flash solution.""I would like to see NetApp add incident support.""The NetApp FAS Series is not as high-performing and is not as fast. Its speed needs improvement, but this could only be done if it's an all-flash solution.""Its operating system is very cumbersome. However, after you set it up, it runs pretty smoothly. Its file system is not very dynamic. It is very static."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "When we bought this solution it was very reasonably priced and they were willing to deal."
  • "This solution is quite expensive; they should lower the cost."
  • "This solution involves a one-time CapEx payment, followed by warranty extensions."
  • "The price of the solution is a little high and they should provide more competitive pricing. If you want to increases the storage size there are additional fees."
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  • "It is expensive."
  • "I don't recall the price, but in general, pricing can always be better."
  • "It's not cheap, but at the same time, it's also inexpensive. It's somewhere in between."
  • "We purchased it for four years, and it wasn't expensive. It was reasonable. Every company has a different agreement with NetApp. We got everything we wanted with all the bells and whistles and all the features and functionalities."
  • "The NetApp FAS series price is very competitive compared to other solutions on the market it is a good choice."
  • "NetApp FAS Series could be less expensive."
  • "We are on a perpetual license."
  • "It definitely depends on the contract. It depends on where you buy it from, which features are you going to use, and what is your personal benefit of the features that you plan to use for the system."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:We are only really using the solution for CCTV purposes. It's very basic. We don't need a lot of bells and whistles. Therefore, for our purposes, we aren't really finding anything that is lacking. It… more »
    Top Answer:Have you considered a NetApp FAS Storage for your NAS needs? I am sure it fits very well.
    Top Answer:Reliable storage solution with an easy setup. It has high availability and makes single file restoration easy. It also has good stability and scalability.
    Top Answer:We have considered upgrading to an All-Flash solution but when we evaluated the cost-benefit we discovered that we don't have enough money to invest in it. To maintain the same technology with… more »
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    HP StorageWorks MSA
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    Overview
    Whether you need best-in-class performance or are looking to get the most capacity for your investment, MSA has a fast, affordable solution for you. And every MSA comes with an intuitive setup and management interface anyone can master.
    NetApp FAS Series offers powerful, affordable, flexible data storage for midsized businesses and distributed enterprises. NetApp FAS Series, named a 'Champion' and 'Best in Overall Value' by Info-Tech Research Group, is affordable, and is a more powerful storage platform than other systems in its class.
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    Sample Customers
    Femsa CSC, TTX, Rabobank
    Children's Hospital Central California, Plex Systems, PDF PNI Digital Media, Denver Broncos, PDF KSM Legal, Clayton Companies, Virginia Community College
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Government6%
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    Financial Services Firm20%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Government7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise27%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise45%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Buyer's Guide
    HPE StorageWorks MSA vs. NetApp FAS Series
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE StorageWorks MSA vs. NetApp FAS Series and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    HPE StorageWorks MSA is ranked 5th in Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) with 5 reviews while NetApp FAS Series is ranked 3rd in Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) with 16 reviews. HPE StorageWorks MSA is rated 9.0, while NetApp FAS Series is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of HPE StorageWorks MSA writes "Easy to deploy and manage with good monitoring capabilities". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp FAS Series writes "Reliable, scalable, and stable storage solution which offers multiple features". HPE StorageWorks MSA is most compared with IBM FlashSystem, HPE 3PAR StoreServ, HPE EVA, Fujitsu Eternus DX400 series and Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G Series, whereas NetApp FAS Series is most compared with Dell PowerScale (Isilon), IBM FlashSystem, Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), Hitachi NAS and Qumulo. See our HPE StorageWorks MSA vs. NetApp FAS Series report.

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