The HP StorageWorks 1000 Modular Smart Array (MSA1000) is a 2 Gb Fibre Channel storage system for the entry-level to midrange storage area network (SAN). It provides the customer with a low-cost scalable high performance storage consolidation system with investment protection. It is designed to reduce the complexity and risk of SAN deployments. The powerful but easy to use management software makes it ideal for departmental and remote location SANs. The ability to easily move most data disks and enclosure currently directly attached to Smart Array controllers (DAS) to a shared storage environment (SAN) will save the user both money and time. With the addition of two more drive enclosure it can control up to 42 drives allowing capacity of twelve terabytes. All configuration management and partitioning and licensing software come standard with no extra charges.
HP 's exclusive optional embedded 8-port SAN switch or 3-port hub give cost effective and space saving methods of creating a SAN environment. In addition it is qualified on any of the external B-series M-series and C-series FC switches. The MSA1000 supports Windows (32 & 64-bit) NetWare and Linux (32 & 64-bit) operating systems. It also supports SCO Tru64 UNIX OpenVMS or HP -UX operating systems.