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Demartek Evaluation: Accelerating Database Workloads with the HPE MSA 2050 Storage with Built-in Flash

May 2018

Solid state storage shows up in many places in the datacenter today, from all-flash arrays to direct attached drives and PCIe flash to accelerators that fit somewhere in between servers and storage. With the price of the flash continuing to drop, it is becoming increasingly available to the small and medium business for critical computing applications and day-to-day operational computing.

The HPE MSA 2050 Storage array delivers enterprise-class storage at a cost that may be attractive to small and medium businesses. These arrays can offer improved performance by combining hard disk drives (HDD) with solid state drives (SSD) for read caching or performance tiering. HPE commissioned Demartek to evaluate the performance of a Microsoft SQL Server database workload on the MSA 2050 Storage Fibre Channel array in an all-HDD configuration and then repeat the workload with the SSD read caching and SSD performance tiering options installed and configured.

We compared several performance metrics including throughput, IOPs, number of database transactions per second, and I/O latency for a complete picture of the MSA 2050 Storage’s suitability to support the scale of workload a small to medium size business might experience.


Evaluation Series: HPE MSA 2050 Flash Upgrades

Recently Demartek evaluated the HPE MSA 2050 with Flash Upgrades for different types of workloads. The workloads tested and their results are available at these links:


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