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HPE MSA 1040 CTO Storage Array

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HPE MSA 1040 CTO Storage Array

The HPE MSA 1040 is a cost-effective storage array that delivers great value for businesses looking to optimize their storage infrastructure. It offers flexible connectivity options, including 8Gb Fibre Channel, 1GbE iSCSI, and 12Gb SAS, allowing users to choose the interface that best fits their needs. With support for up to 99 SFF (Small Form Factor) drives or 42 LFF (Large Form Factor) drives, it can accommodate various drive types and capacities to meet specific performance and capacity requirements. The MSA 1040 is known for its simplicity, making it easy to deploy and manage storage resources efficiently.


  • 144 TB (single LFF array-head -using 12 x 12TB LFF SAS MDL drives)
  • 576 TB (by adding 3 LFF Disk Enclosures behind LFF Array & using 12 TB LFF SAS MDL drives)


  • 76.8 TB (single SFF array-head - using 24 x 3.2TB SFF SSD drives)
  • 307.2 TB (by adding 3 SFF Disk Enclosures behind SFF Array & using 3.2TB SFF SSD drives)

Host Interconnect:

  • 2 x 8Gb Fibre Channel ports per controller
  • 2 x 1GbE RJ-45 ports per controller
  • 2 x 10GbE ports per controller
  • 2x 12Gb SAS ports per controller

The HPE MSA 1040 Storage is designed for entry-level market needs and features 8Gb Fibre Channel, 12 Gb SAS, 1GbE, and 10GbE iSCSI at previously unattainable entry price points. The array allows users to take advantage of the latest storage technologies in simple and efficient ways by providing a good balance between performance and budget resulting in a highly favorable $/GB return on their investment.

Entry consolidation and virtualization initiatives are now well within your budgetary reach. The MSA 1040 offers many MSA 2040 features but at a more affordable entry price point. ProLiant and Blade Systems administrators as well as IT generalists will find storage management tasks simple and intuitive with MSA.

The MSA 1040 Arrays are designed to allow an installation to begin with a smaller capacity and be able to grow gradually as needed. The flexibility of SAS or SAS MDL drives technology, form factors, sizes, speeds, and costs per GB allows a system to easily fit into almost any budget.

The MSA 1040 arrays come integrated with a web browser and CLI-based software for storage and RAID management, setup, configuration, and troubleshooting. This reduces the cost of ownership by reducing the training and technical expertise necessary to install and maintain your HPE storage solution.


Current Configuration

HPE MSA Chassis


HPE LFF Drives SAS (3.5in) (Optional)


HPE SFF Drives SAS (2.5in) (Optional)


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Product Specs

Base Server Standard Capabilities

Product features

Capacity (Single enclosure and maximum additional drive enclosures)1
For Large Form Factor (LFF):
144TB (Single LFF array-head -using 12 x 12TB LFF SAS Midline (MDL) drives)576 TB (By adding 3 LFF disk enclosures behind LFF array & using 12TB LFF SAS MDL drives)
For Small Form Factor (SFF):
76.8TB (Single SFF array-head - using 24 x 3.2TB SFF Solid State Drives (SSD)307.2TB (By adding 3 SFF disk enclosures behind SFF array & using 3.2TB SFF SSD drives)
Pool capacity2
  • GL200: 169TB (154TiB)

  • GL210: 219TB (200TiB)

  • GL220: 329TB (300TiB)

  • GL220 with large pool support - 562TB (512TiB)

6GB per controller
Total LUNs (LUN size are dependent of the storage architecture: Linear v/s virtualized)
  • 512

  • Maximum LUN size: 140TB (128TiB)

  • Thin provisioning allows to create the LUNs independent of the physical storage

Host interconnect
  • 2 x 8Gb Fibre Channel (FC) ports per controller

  • 2 x 1 GbE RJ-45 Ports per controller

  • 2 x 10 GbE Ports per controller

  • 2x 12Gb SAS Ports per controller

Maximum drives with 3 expansion
48 LFF/99 SFF
Maximum host supported
  • 64 in v2 UI

  • 512 in v3 UI

Server compatibility
Supports most HPE ProLiant and BladeSystems including:
  • HPE ProLiant DL, ML

  • HPE c-Class Blade Servers

  1. Maximum available storage capacity depends on the RAID level being implemented
  2. The listed pool capacities by firmware release apply to virtual storage only and are usable capacity/pool. Each MSA system can support two pools. Therefore each MSA storage system can have double the usable capacity listed
  3. 6GB cache includes data (Read/Write) cache = 4GB and metadata and system OS cache = 2GB


Physical specifications

8.9 cm (3.5 in)
Depth (Excluding cables) (Back of ear to back of controller handle)
  • MSA 1040 SFF 24-bay array: 49.5 cm (19.5 in)

  • MSA 1040 LFF 12-bay array: 57.2 cm (22.5 in)

Width (Body only)
44.7 cm (17.6 in) (w/ ears 48.26 cm (19 in))
Chassis Weight (No controllers)
  • MSA 1040 LFF chassis: 14.06 kg (31 lbs) (DC-pwr model: 14.79 kg (32.6 lbs))

  • MSA 1040 SFF chassis: 13.20 kg (29.1 lbs) (DC-pwr model: 13.93 kg (30.7lbs))

Weight, controller
MSA 1040 controllers 2.18 kg (4.8 lbs)


Environmental specifications

5° to 40°C (41° to 104°F)
-40° to 70°C (-40° to 158°F)
10% to 90% RH @ 40°C (104°F) non-condensing
Up to 93% RH @ 40°C (104°F)
Acoustic noise levels
Sound power
A weighted sound power LWAd=6,75 B
Sound pressure
A weighted sound pressure LpAm - 55dB
Shock and vibration
Shock, operational
3G's for 11 ms
Shock, Non-operational
Per NEBS GR-63-core unpackaged equipment shock criteria (4.3.2)
Vibration, operational
5 - 500 Hz, 0.14 g shaped
Vibration, Non-operational
3 - 365 - 3 Hz, 1.22 g, z-axis, 0.85 g, X & Y axis shaped spectrum


Power specifications

Input power requirements (typical-running I/O) SFF/LFF arrays
  • 110 V ac 3.20 A, 343 W

  • 220 V ac 1.67 A, 337 W

Max input power
100 - 240 V ac, 50/60 Hz, 4.20 - 1.77 A
Heat dissipation
1174 BTU/hr


Technical specifications

User interface
Status and activity provided via management interfaces. Status indicators on front of controller
RAID support
0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 10, 50
Cache memory
4GB Read/Write. ECC protection with backup to Flash memory (Indefinite backup)
Cache backup
ECC protection with back up to flash memory (Indefinite backup)
Upgradeable firmware
Disk drive and enclosure protocol support
6Gb SAS - Serial Attached SCSI
Host ports
  • 2 x 8Gb Fibre Channel per controller

  • 2 x 1 GbE iSCSI per controller

  • 2 x 10 GbE iSCSI per controller

Expansion port
SAS (SFF8088) 4x lane 6Gb SAS


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ECS Warranty Information

Express Computer Systems (ECS) provides a 1 year parts warranty against defects in material or workmanship that will affect the products functionality. All refurbished items are tested prior to shipping to guarantee up-time upon arrival. If you are having issues with an item we provided please Contact Us and we will do our best to assist you.

What does our ECS warranty cover?
We offer 1 year warranty as standard and additional years can be added to fit your needs. Please reach out to a sales associate via the Contact Us page or live chat for more information on extended coverage options. During the coverage period if your product fails we will offer a Next Business Day replacement. If we are unable to replace the product we will refund its original selling price. Shipping costs and tax are not refundable. Express Computer Systems retains the right to decide whether the goods will be replaced or refunded.

What is not covered by our warranty?
Our warranty does not cover any problem caused by the following conditions:

  1. accidents; misuse; carelessness; electrostatic discharge; shock; temperature or humidity beyond the specifications of the product; improper installation; operation; modification;
  2. any improper use that contravenes the instructions in the user manual;
  3. problems caused by other equipment. Our warranty is void if the product is returned with damaged, removed, counterfeit labels, or any modifications (including any component or external cover removal). Our warranties do not cover data loss or damages to any other equipment. In addition, our warranties do not cover incidental damages, consequential damages, or costs related to data recovery, removal, and installation.

Important notes:

  • Please ask for additional warranty/coverage that you may require in addition to the standard 1 ECS warranty prior to final purchase. Requesting additional warranty after your purchase can be denied.
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About Express Computer Systems

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