$ 30,559.00

HP MSA 2042 12LFF SAN Storage 12x 10TB + 36x 600GB SAS HDD2xHBA

Product Features

  • Server Type: HPE MSA 2042 SAN Dual Controller LFF Storage
  • Drives: 12x 10TB + 36x 600GB SAS HDD
  • Transceiver: 4x 16Gb FC SFP+ Transceiver
  • Disk Slots: Total of 12 Disks can be Installed
  • HBA: 2x 16Gb FC HBA (Fiber Cable Included)
  • Power: Dual Power Supply
  • Management:Web GUI and Console
Sku: SXZA0

We were impressed with HPE’s MSA 2040 storage array when we reviewed it a couple of years ago as it delivered an impressive range of storage virtualization features at a price SMBs found very tempting. The latest MSA 2050/2052 arrays take value a stage further as their uprated hardware controllers deliver a doubling in performance and yet the price remains the same.

A key feature is their real-time data tiering which most competing storage vendors charge a king’s ransom for. Using performance, standard and archive tiers comprising SSDs, SAS drives and Midline SAS drives, the appliances monitor data usage and move 4MB pages between the tiers every 5-10 seconds.

A key feature is their real-time data tiering which most competing storage vendors charge a king’s ransom for. Using performance, standard and archive tiers comprising SSDs, SAS drives and Midline SAS drives, the appliances monitor data usage and move 4MB pages between the tiers every 5-10 seconds.

Expansion potential is equally impressive as the controllers each have 6Gbps SAS ports allowing extra disk shelved to be daisy-chained from them in fault tolerant links. You can mix and match LFF and SFF disk shelves with the appliances supporting a maximum of 96 LFF or 192 SFF disks.

Simplified hardware choices

The controllers on the SAN models each offer four SFP+ ports in two groups. These are the converged variety so you can install 8/16Gbps Fibre Channel or 1/10GbE Ethernet transceivers in each group to set their personality.

Bear in mind that the transceivers are proprietary so you can’t use your own and the port group personalities must match across both controllers. HPE also offers 2050/2052 SAS models which come with eight SAS3 host ports for direct attached storage.

Overall, the hardware is the same across all models and the main differences between the 2050 and 2052 are in software. The 2050 comes with the standard and archive tiers enabled and requires a license for the performance tier whereas the 2052 has all relevant licenses included in the price with the Q1J03A model including two 800GB mixed-use SSDs for starters.

Other standard features across all models are support for SSD read caches, thin provisioning, snapshots and volume copies. The 2050 is licensed for 64 snapshots whereas the 2052 can manage the maximum of 512.

Easy install

For our review, we were supplied with an MSA 2052 SFF SAN model equipped with four 800GB SSDs, eight 1.8TB SAS drives and twelve 2TB Midline SAS drives. Our system also came with all data ports fitted with 10GbE SFP+ transceivers.

Installation is a cinch as the appliance’s smart web console runs a setup wizard and then you can get down to provisioning virtual storage. This is easy as the appliance manages two storage pools with one assigned to each controller.

All you do is create disk groups and select controller A or B. For each disk group, you choose the drive type, pick from RAID0, 1, 5 or 6 arrays and leave the appliance to do the rest.

If you choose SSDs, it automatically places them in the performance tier while SAS drives go in the standard tier and Midline SAS drives get dropped into the archive tier. It’s also possible to use SSDs to create a read cache and assign it to a disk group that isn’t part of the tiering process.

Great IP SAN performance

The appliances use two storage pools with each managed by one controller

We tested our MSA 2052 using a pair of Windows Server 2016 hosts with each connected to two ports on dedicated controllers. The MSAs use an asymmetric active/active mode so if you connect one port to each controller you don’t get a performance boost as the link to the controller that doesn’t own the pool shows as non-optimised and is reserved for failover.

With load balanced MPIO links in place and dedicated volumes mapped to each server, we watched Iometer record some excellent cumulative speeds. Sequential reads and writes totalled 28Gbits/sec and 20.5Gbits/sec while 100 percent random operations returned 26.1Gbits/sec and 13.5Gbits/sec.

The web console provides a handy performance chart where you can view graphs of throughput for individual disks, groups, pools, tiers, host ports, controllers and volumes. During testing, we watched the performance tiers and could see data gradually being migrated to them.

Volume copies and snapshots

Snapshots can be scheduled regularly and recovery is a very swift process

Snapshots can be fired off manually or you can use the integral scheduler to run them automatically. It’s very versatile as snapshots can be run as often as every minute, up to 16 per volume can be retained and you can control their frequency with time windows and stop/start dates.

We found snapshot recovery just as easy to use as you simply select a volume and view its snapshots in the list below. Pick the one you want and after disconnecting any hosts, choose the Rollback option to restore your data from that point in time.

You can keep an eye on virtualized storage and hardware performance from the web interface

The Copy Volume feature allows you to copy a selected volume or a snapshot and present it as a new virtual volume. It takes seconds to run as we selected a volume, chose this option and simply decided which controller to assign it to.


HPE’s Gen5 MSA 2050 and 2052 appliances deliver enterprise storage virtualization at SMB prices. The updated hardware boosts performance significantly, they come with a versatile range of features and HPE’s real-time data tiering sets them apart from the competition.


Type Installed Parts
Server Type HPE MSA 2042 SAN Dual Controller LFF Storage
Drives 12x 10TB + 36x 600GB SAS HDD
Transceiver 4x 16Gb FC SFP+ Transceiver
Rail kit Included
Expansion Drive Enclosures (1+2)
1x Main Dual Controller chassis
2x HPE MSA 3.5" (LFF) 24SFF Dual I/O disk Enclosure
Disk Slots Total of 60 Disks can be Installed - Can be expanded to 192SFF or 96LFF drives or any combination up to 7x expansion enclosures
Total Storage Installed 141 TB
HBA 2x 16Gb FC HBA (Fiber Cable Included)
Power Dual Power Supply
Management Web GUI and Console

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The Case for buying an Integrated NAS System from SimplyNAS

Buying a NAS doesn't have to be complicated or stressful. This may only occur at times when looking to buy a diskless NAS as the risk element of receiving a faulty NAS or drives are accentuated. Nothing wrong in buying a diskless NAS and adding your own drives, the savings made may offset the inconvenience of receiving faulty NAS/Drives and having to go deal with returns, or does it? The argument against buying a diskless and self-populating with drives is quite compelling.

Disk Drives:

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  • All our disk drives are sourced from manufacturer recommended distributors – we don't buy aftermarket drives or purchase on open grey markets.
  • Our comprehensive batch rotation ensures customer avoid batch issues and thus promote reliability and longevity.
  • Our methodology for configuration, setting RAID and in-depth burn testing process for disk drives and NAS servers is unsurpassed and the small premium paid for this service is worth its weight in gold.

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What is NASBIT?

NASBIT© is a Licensed trademark of SimplyNAS. The acronym stands for Network Attached Storage Burn in Testing. This term is used to describe the process of testing new Network Attached Storage (NAS) hardware and firmware for faults before putting it to use in a live environment. This is done by running 'Stress testing' software for a stipulated period of time often 24 to 48 hours, but longer if needed.

When we receive an order for a NAS system pre-installed with disk drives it's prepared and configured with RAID followed by burn testing to ensure the entire system undergoes a thorough examination thus ensuring the server passes all tests to the highest standards set by us. Should the system hardware or any associated components fail at any point of the testing cycle the system is pulled and returned back as faulty our relevant vendor partner, the process seems simple but setting it up is far from easy.

Hard Disk Drives

All Hard disk drives are pre-tested prior to integration; the smallest of faults be it tolerable within industry standards are classified by us as faults, the hard drive is rejected and eliminated from the process and again returned back to source as a D.O.A. (dead on arrival). We continue to select drives from different batches, so as to eliminate any bad batches that may have been produced during manufacturing.

One integrated the drives are put through a vigorous routine that includes stress testing, including temperature tests and a host of read, writes to ensure the drive platters are stressed to the nth degree.


First, when the new server is turned on, we boot off of the network, and proceed to run the memory test that takes its sweet time, almost 10-12 hours dependent on manufacturer and model.


The appropriate RAID level is set and the system awaits completion of RAID synchronization. Once completed the NAS server undergoes numerous re-boots and a deletion of original RAID and a final re-build of RAID level again.

Why is NAS Burn in Testing (NASBIT©) necessary?

If within the designated time span the NAS servers are still running and with zero faults, it is considered suitable for rolling out to our customers. If there is a failure of any kind the systems is replaced with a new one, including hard drives and the process starts again, until the NAS servers passes with ZERO faults.

You would normally expect that this level of testing would be completed by the hardware manufacturers and so these tests shouldn't show up any faults. In our experience of testing hundreds of machines we do find faults, and we do send systems back.

The reason it is so important to perform this level of testing on NAS servers is that the uptime demands are so high. The slightest faults will cause outages and downtime. Once a NAS server is deployed, never again will you have the opportunity to take it offline and perform such detailed testing. Even if it were to crash, there is always a demand that it be put back online as quickly as possible, not left offline whilst thorough diagnostics are completed.

Always remember this is hardware and failures can and will occur even after burn testing has been carried, that is a fact of life we cannot avoid, but we do try and eliminate some of the hassle factor with testing. Thank you for buying from us, we truly appreciate your custom.

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