New firmware for HP MSA 1040 and 2040 storage will be available next month, bringing features that were previously only offered in the company's higher-end products.
Archive tiering - automatically moving 'cold' data to the cheapest available drives educes the cost per gigabyte by 75% or more, according to HP. This feature will be added to the 2040 at no extra charge.
Performance tiering - automatically moving frequently used data onto SSDs - will be a $6,162 option for the 2040.
The 2040 benefits from the new advanced virtualisation features as a result of the new firmware, but 1040 owners will need to purchase the $5,393 MSA 1040 Advanced Virtualisation Upgrade.
These features include simplified volume expansion and rebalancing, thin provisioning, automated capacity reclamation (with thin-aware host operating systems such as Linux and Windows, and VMware and Microsoft hypervisors), wide striping for increased efficiency and lower latency, more efficient snapshot capabilities, and a new web-based user interface that reduces opportunities for user error and streamlines storage administration.
"SMB customers are facing many of the same challenges as larger enterprises, meaning they are looking for advanced storage features to help them boost efficiency and simplify their operations," said HP South Pacific storage general manager Paul Shaw.
"The latest enhancements to HP MSA Storage enable customers with tight budgets to benefit from the simplicity, cost savings, and increased application performance that advanced storage features make possible."