HPE MSA 2040 Storage

ENERGY STAR certified HPE MSA 2040 is a high-performance storage array designed for entry-level Hewlett Packard Enterprise customers desiring 8Gb/16Gb Fibre Channel, 1GbE/10GbE iSCSI, or 12Gb SAS connectivity with 4 host ports per controller.

The MSA 2040 Storage array provides an excellent value for customers needing performance balanced with price to support initiatives such as consolidation and virtualisation.

Changing storage needs for server customers now requires greater levels of performance and functionality at a lower cost of ownership. The next generation HPE MSA 2040 Storage arrays raises the bar & uniquely addresses HPE ProLiant customers' shared storage and data protection needs, reduces TCO while dramatically increasing performance using technologies such as Solid State Drives, Snap and Volume copy, Replication and SEDs.

The MSA 2040 Storage arrays are positioned to provide an excellent value for customers needing increasing performance to support initiatives such as consolidation and virtualisation. The MSA 2040 delivers this performance by leveraging new controller architecture with a new processor, four ports with 4GB cache per controller & using drive technologies such as SSDs. The MSA 2040 Storage ships standard with 64 Snapshots and Volume Copy enabled for increased data protection and allow replication with optional Remote Snap software between arrays (FC or iSCSI only).

  • High performance controller architecture
  • 6GB cache per controller , 12GB per storage array
  • Support for SSDs, Enterprise SAS HDDs, Midline SAS HDDs, and Self Encrypting Drives
  • SAN and SAS interfaces
  • Up to four (4) host ports per controller, 8 host ports per storage array
  • Two new MSA 2040 Controllers:
  • MSA 2040 SAN Controller
    • 8Gb/16Gb FC connectivity and/or
    • 1GbE/10GbE iSCSI connectivity
  • MSA 2040 SAS Controller
    • 6Gb/12Gb SAS connectivity

The HPE MSA 2040 Storage ships standard with a license for 64 snapshots for increased data protection. The MSA2040 now offers a simplified licensing strategy with one optional software suite. The Advanced Data Services Suite include the following software licenses:

  • HPE MSA 2042 Performance Automated Tiering LTU
  • HPE MSA 512-Snapshot Software LTU
  • HPE MSA Remote Snap Software LTU

Technical Specifications


  • 768 TB Maximum
  • Including expansion, depending on model

Drive description

  • (199) SFF SAS/MDL SAS/SSD or
  • (96) LFF SAS/MDL SAS
  • Maximum including expansion, supported, depending on model

Host interface

  • 16 Gb/8 Gb Fibre Channel (4) Ports per controller
  • 1 GbE/10GbE iSCSI (4) Ports per controller
  • 12Gb/sec SAS (4) Ports per controller
  • Supported

Storage controller

  • (2) MSA 2040 SAN Controller
  • (2) MSA 2040 SAS Controller
  • Supported

Storage expansion options

  • HPE MSA 2040 LFF Disk Enclosure or D2700 2.5-inch disk enclosure or the HPE MSA Dual I/O DC Power Carrier Grade SFF (2.5in) Drive Enclosure

Clustering support

  • Windows, Linux, HP-UX, OpenVMS

SAN backup support

  • Yes

Systems Insight Manager support

  • Yes

Compatible operating systems

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Hyper-V
  • HP-UX
  • Red Hat Linux
  • SUSE Linux
  • VMware ESXi 5.x
  • VMware ESXi 6.x
  • Detailed information available at: http://www.hp.com/storage/spock

MSA 2040
Single Enclosure and Maximum Additional Drive Enclosures

120 TB (single LFF array-head -using 12 x 10TB LFF SAS MDL drives)
800 TB (by adding 7 LFF Disk Enclosures behind LFF Array & using 10TB LFF SAS MDL drives)

48 TB (single SFF array-head - using 24 x 2TB SFF SAS drives)
398 TB (by adding 7 SFF Disk Enclosures behind SFF Array & using 2TB SFF SAS drives)

Pool Capacity GL200: 169 TB (154 TiB)
GL210: 219 TB (200 TiB)
GL220: 329 TB (300 TiB)
GL220 with Large Pool Support: 562 TB (512 TiB)
Cache 6 GB per controller
Total LUNs
(LUN size are dependent of the storage architecture: Linear vs. Virtualized)
512 maximum LUN size: 140TB (128TiB)
Thin Provisioning allows you to create the LUNs independent of the physical storage
Host Interconnect MSA 2040 SAN controller will support up to four connections with options of 16Gb, 8Gb FC and 10GbE, 1GbE iSCSI per controller. See table above for valid configuration table. MSA 2040 SAS controller will support up to four 6Gb/12Gb SAS connections per controller using mini-SAS HD cables
Maximum Drives
w/ expansion
96 LFF/199 SFF
Maximum host supported 64 in v2 UI
512 in v3 UI
Standard Software: Snapshot, 64 (snaps)
Optional Software Remote Snap (linear storage only)
Max Snapshot (512)
Performance Tiering
Simple: Flexible Architecture. Easy to Setup. Easy to Manage

Choice of 8 Gb/16 Gb FC, 1 Gb/10GbE iSCSI and 12 Gb SAS to match the configuration needs of infrastructure.

Deploy single or dual controllers depending on high-availability and budgetary requirements.

Select disk enclosures with Large or Small Form Factor drives –choice of High-performance Solid State Drives, Enterprise-class SAS or SAS Midline drives or Self-Encrypting Drives (SED) based on application, performance and budget needs.

The integrated setup and management tools for MSA are easy to manage for HPE ProLiant/BladeSystem IT managers.

Fast: MSA 2040 Sets New Standards for $/IOPS in Entry SAN, 3x to 4x Today’s Competition

New high-performance Converged SAN controller and SAS controller offer 4x the performance of today's other entry-level SAN arrays.

4-port Converged SAN controller supporting Fibre Channel and iSCSI and a SAS Controller with 4GB Cache translating into better application response time and ability to support more virtualised environments.

SSD support with integrated “wear gauge” helps improves application performance and allows customers to reduce their operating costs by reducing foot prints and power consumptions.

Self-Encrypting Drives (SEDs) designed to safeguard critical personal and business information and to comply with regulatory mandates.

Futureproof: 2x the Bandwidth and the First Entry SAN with 16 Gb FC

Choice of 8 Gb/16 Gb FC, 1 Gb/10GbE iSCSI and 12 Gb SAS to match the configuration needs of infrastructure.

The 4th generation of MSA’s unique Data-in-Place upgrades provides investment protection.

Host ports upgradeable by SFPS (8 Gb/16 Gb FC) or (1 GB/10GbE iSCSI) allows customers to manage their total cost of ownership lower.

ENERGY STAR Certified: MSA 2040 is Now ENERGY STAR Certified

ENERGY STAR certified power supplies will lead to energy consumption efficiencies translated into savings or regulatory rebates for customers.

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