HPE StorageWorks MSA vs NetApp FAS Series comparison

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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: May 2024).
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"The cost to performance for HPE StorageWorks MSA is good.""The solution is very easy to use, it is not really complex for any user, such as non-technical individuals.""The simple configuration feature is great. It is very simple, allowing you to set up MSA very easily.""The most valuable features are the storage levels and snapshot features.""The solution is pretty transparent and works well.""I like StorageWorks' snapshots for our backup system. We had a pool of SSD and traditional drives. StorageWorks has a feature that transfers the hot data to high-performing drives.""Monitoring is a very big thing. Other great features include block storage; volume creation and the data reliability scalability, which makes the solution really good.""HPE StorageWorks MSA is an entry-level, cost-effective solution for SMB customers."

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"This solution provides us with easy management and great vendor support.""It's an easy product to use that is stable and has good performance.""It has integrated snapshot and backup capability.""Adaptive balancing is a valuable feature.""One of the most valuable features offered is double-parity RAID, which guarantees that your data will stay intact. We're also able to provision storage and monitor which ones are really consuming storage.""The migration of the volume on the cluster is very useful and easy to use.""The tool's most valuable features are ease of use, ease of access, expandability, availability, and performance. NVMe drives have improved their performance.""It is a scalable solution."

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"The solution requires hardware.""The solution could improve by adding configuration tools.""Synchronized replication is very important for MSA; however, HPE StorageWorks MSA doesn't provide synchronized replication.""There is room for improvement in terms of scalability. There are times when we need to upgrade the device and the firmware. Sometimes, that can be a struggle.""It would be ideal if there was a better management interface.""Some clients have suggested room for improvement in expanding storage capacity beyond the base traces.""HPE StorageWorks MSA could maybe include a pay-top of texture feature or something like job replication.""The support contract is expensive, although they are very responsive."

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"The adoption of flash by NetApp has also been lagging behind the trendsetters, like TMS, Nimble, and others.""Needs to improve the adaptive storage quality of service.""Cost is always a factor. Some people choose EMC or Dell because they perceive NetApp as being more expensive.""When getting new hardware, always tell the account manager that you are also considering other brands. They will be forced to adjust the price lower.""Needs more SAN support.""There is no NetApp infrastructure set up here in Greece.""Installation of the additional switches and ETP could be improved.""The high cost of the product is an area of concern, so from an improvement perspective, the tool needs to be made cheaper."

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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."
  • "The solution can be a bit expensive."
  • "HPE StorageWorks MSA's licensing is perpetual and not integrated."
  • "I would rate the pricing as nine out of ten, where one is cheap, and ten is expensive."
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  • "It’s difficult for us to get money, so make sure you get everything in order, because there’s no going back and saying “oh, I missed this or that”, so make sure you plan well and well in advance."
  • "it’s not an inexpensive solution and it may not be for the cost-sensitive customer."
  • "The process for going to cluster mode is expensive."
  • "Most storage vendors also have software, or licensing bundles, which may offer the required licenses considerably cheaper, but do also maybe offer licenses, which are not needed."
  • "There are products available in market with comparatively lower costs."
  • "Cost effective storage for all performance levels (including all-flash)."
  • "The only area that could be improved is to lower prices for their All Flash FAS."
  • "The price it not low, but comparing features to other vendors, the price can be balanced."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of HPE StorageWorks MSA is its flexibility.
    Top Answer:HPE StorageWorks MSA is a bit expensive, starting at over 10,000 euros. This might be a hurdle for small businesses. Lowering the price could make it more accessible, especially when considering… more »
    Top Answer:While HPE StorageWorks MSA meets my needs well, some clients have suggested room for improvement in expanding storage capacity beyond the base traces. There has been occasional feedback about minor… more »
    Top Answer:Have you considered a NetApp FAS Storage for your NAS needs? I am sure it fits very well.
    Top Answer:I would rate the pricing a seven out of ten, with ten being expensive. We have a contract and pay a one-time purchase price. We're currently evaluating the AFF A150... that's approximately… more »
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    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 is an enterprise-level storage system that provides a wide variety of data management services, including data protection, block and file storage, and data management.

    NetApp FAS is designed to be highly scalable, allowing your organization to grow storage capacity on demand. NetApp FAS also supports multiple protocols, including NFS, SMB, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel, as well as various storage architectures, including SAN (Storage Area Network) and NAS (Network-Attached Storage).

    The FAS series has multiple data protection and data management features, including snapshots, cloning, replication, and deduplication, to help secure your data and manage it more efficiently. The system integrates with other NetApp products and solutions, to create a unified data management platform. The system can be deployed on-premise, on multi-cloud environments, or hybrid.

    NetApp FAS Series Benefits and Features

    NetApp FAS series provides its users with several key benefits and features, including:

    • Scalability: NetApp FAS series is easy to scale, allowing organizations to rapidly grow their storage capacity according to demand.
    • Security: Protect and manage your data with various data protection and data management tools, including snapshots, cloning, replication, and deduplication.
    • Seamless integration: Integrate with other NetApp products and solutions to ensure a unified data management platform across on-premise, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments.
    • Reduced costs: Consolidation of multiple storage boxes greatly reduces the data center footprint. From a management point of view, with NetApp FAS you manage a single storage box instead of multiple storage boxes.

    • Compatibility: Forward and backward compatibility ensures that you don’t have to trade in existing controllers. New controllers can always integrate with previously released controllers.
    • Multi-protocol support: Support for multiple protocols, including NFS, SMB, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel.
    • High performance and availability: The solution has high input and output per second performance and ensures that critical data remains accessible in the event of a hardware failure.

    • Intuitive interface: The FAS series has a user-friendly interface and management dashboard, making it easy to manage your storage systems. With unified management, you can quickly run a single protocol on your entire system

    • Data cloning and replication: Easily clone databases of any size. Clones occupy a very, very small footprint on the storage until they are severed from the main database. Replications carried out by the system are fast and require very little bandwidth.

    Reviews from Real Users

    NetApp FAS Series stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Several major ones are its speed, reliability, and a wide variety of features.

    Adriano S., IT project and infrastructure service manager, writes, “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.”

    Temitope O., a NetApp product manager at Hiperdist Ltd, says, “I like the unified management feature because sometimes you end up running a single protocol on the entire system. You rather have a system for a particular protocol and another system for other protocols, especially in a big environment like mine.”

    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
    Manufacturing Company38%
    Consumer Goods Company13%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm13%
    Educational Organization13%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Construction Company6%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Educational Organization59%
    Computer Software Company7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Financial Services Firm4%
    Company Size
    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise32%
    Large Enterprise27%
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise32%
    Large Enterprise42%
    Small Business10%
    Midsize Enterprise64%
    Large Enterprise27%
    Buyer's Guide
    HPE StorageWorks MSA vs. NetApp FAS Series
    May 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE StorageWorks MSA vs. NetApp FAS Series and other solutions. Updated: May 2024.
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    HPE StorageWorks MSA is ranked 5th in Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) with 18 reviews while NetApp FAS Series is ranked 1st in Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) with 98 reviews. HPE StorageWorks MSA is rated 8.4, while NetApp FAS Series is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of HPE StorageWorks MSA writes "An affordable solution for data storage but lacks cloud backup". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp FAS Series writes "Offers good performance and ". HPE StorageWorks MSA is most compared with HPE 3PAR StoreServ, IBM FlashSystem, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform, Dell EqualLogic PS series and HPE EVA, whereas NetApp FAS Series is most compared with Dell PowerScale (Isilon), NetApp AFF, Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), IBM FlashSystem and HPE StoreEasy. See our HPE StorageWorks MSA vs. NetApp FAS Series report.

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