HPE are set to raise UK prices again

HPE are set to raise UK prices again

At the start of December, HPE could be ready to raise their UK prices again following the latest descent in the value of the pound. Multiple partners have heard that the prices might be rising on the 1st December 2016, although there has not been any formal communication been issued as of yet.

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Since the Brexit vote, the value of the pound has fallen several times. At the end of October, the £1 was worth $1.22, a 17.4% decrease in total since June.

Michael Cornford from Data Driven Systems has said the news of the possible HPE price increase “doesn’t surprise him”, since HPE raised their prices so soon after Brexit that they had “got their timing wrong and the pricing wrong”.

HPE have said “HPE, like any other international company, adjusts prices based on exchanges rates and currency fluctuations. After careful consideration of the business impact of a strong dollar against the pound sterling, we may decide to make adjustments to our pricing.”

Although HPE isn’t the only vendor which has implemented a UK price rise shortly after the Brexit vote. Dell had raised prices across the portfolio by 8% or 9% in July. As well as Lenovo raised its UK prices by 10% on 1st August, and Asus has told their customers to expect retail prices to rise by around 9% in October.

Apple has also recently announced that their prices are rising 20% for their UK customers. Finally, Microsoft have also announced an increase to its prices for their enterprise cloud services by 22% and their on-premise enterprise software by 13%, although this is due to come into force on 1st January 2017.

 

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HPE MSA 2042

HPE MSA 2042

HPE is already the industry’s leading entry SAN array in both market share and performance, the new HPE MSA 2042 comes with a built-in flash acceleration and enterprise data services right out of the box.
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The natural affinity of the HPE MSA storage and HPE ProLiant Servers have helped HPE to consistently remain at the front of the entry storage pack.

HPE MSA 2042 is the newest member of the family, it takes the HPE MSA 2040 and builds in two 400GB SSDs, also includes the new Advanced Data Services Suite with the following capabilities:

  • Provides support for 512 snapshots
  • It has remote snapshot replication
  • Performance Tiering capability

The last feature on the list is really interesting. Performance Tiering is now included at no extras charge; this means that you can use the system’s built-in flash capacity not only for Read Caching but also for general application acceleration – without having to spend another penny. Including the two SSDs plus all of these other software features, MSA customers are saving an extraordinary 54% with this new model.

HPE MSA 2042 flash storage

Advanced Data services is another thing to keep in mind, as this is in addition to all the other advanced storage virtualisation features which are offered by the MSA this includes SSD Read Caching, thin provisioning, wide striping, large pool support and redirect-on-write snapshots.

Read cache vs. Performance Tiering

To get some hard data, HPE had Demartek lab test the MSA 2042 against the same configuration although without the built-in flash and here are the results of the testing:Demarktek results chart for HPE MSA 2042

  • Performance Tiering Results for MSA 2042:Database transactions per second: +60%
    • Latency: 11x improvement
    • Throughput: 4.6x improvement
    • IOPS: 4.5x improvement

 

  • Read Caching Results for MSA 2042:
    • Database transactions per second: +35%
    • Latency: 4.5x improvement
    • Throughput: 2.5x improvement
    • IOPS: 3x improvement

 

You need to keep in mind that these numbers for Read Caching and Performance Tiering are comparing the MSA 2042 against the same system although without the 800GB of flash which now comes standard.

Since using the SSD capacity for the read caching which mainly accelerates application reads, most customers will probably find that enabling the performance Tiering on the new MSA 2042 array returns the best performance results, although of course there might be some very read-intensive work loads which is when read caching is the way to go.

Most important thing to remember is that with both options and the flash now standard you have a choice for accelerating your apps which are based on the workload patterns without being limited by the software which you have installed.

To conclude, it is important to remember that in addition to the new MSA 2042, the new inclusive software pricing also gives the existing HPE MSA 2040 customers the option to add SSD capacity and the Advance Data Services Software Suite to an existing system. This means you can achieve the same performance levels on the MSA 2042 for 40% less than what it would have cost previously. Remember not only do you get two choices for accelerating application workloads, also the existing MSA customers can benefit from what the little flash can do!

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