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HP MSA P2000 G3 vs. NetApp 2040

helpful tipsWhen you are trying to buy your company's first Storage Area Network (SAN), most experts' opinions will oscillate between High Performance Storage HP MSA P2000 G3/ 2040 Storage System. For most companies who are moving their storage, especially those in the field of media and technology-having earlier used Direct Attached Storage (DAS) or physical storage systems-the NetApp 2040 iSCSI might seem attractive, but it being the more expensive of the two, (by roughly around $60,500) you might also be tempted to know more about what the HP MSA P2000 can or cannot achieve. Your main goal will obviously be virtualising your servers, your databases, files, source control and intranet.

The thing going for the MSA is that it has snapshotting, but what about the NetApp's capabilities in this regard?

To begin with High performance storage - MSA P2000 G3/ 2040 Storage System - or any other brand/product for that matter, will serve you well as long as you specify the exact requirements of your company to the brand. Generally, problems arise when your requirements change and you have to upgrade (or downgrade) your storage. Since predicting the exact future is something we have not mastered yet, it is advised that your storage have a little extra headroom for improvement in the future.

An MSA would be the better option if you know for certain that you will not need to upgrade your storage anytime soon or reclaim any wasted space. Also, if you are not interested in integrating with VMware, Xen or Hyper-V, MSA will be a cheaper and more than adequate option for you.

The reason for this is that in case you have to upgrade an MSA you have to move to an EVA. But if you have to upgrade a NetApp 2040, all you need to do is upgrade the controller hardware to, say, a 3410. Regarding the price factor, the difference of $60,500 does exist but that's only when you're comparing the bare bones version of the HP MSA P2000 to a high end NetApp 2040. To get the proper estimate, push up the configuration to the max. The difference will not be so high in that case.

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