Dot Hill Awarded 5-Star Partner Rating in CRN Partner Program Guide for Fourth Consecutive Year

Dot Hill Awarded 5-Star Partner Rating in CRN Partner Program Guide for Fourth
Consecutive Year

5-Star Designation in Annual Guide Identifies the IT Channel's Most Elite
Vendor Partner Programs

LONGMONT, Colo., March 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dot Hill Systems Corp.
(Nasdaq:HILL), a leading provider of SAN storage solutions, today announced it
has been named to UBM Tech Channel'sCRN 2013 Partner Program Guide, and
awarded a 5-Star Partner rating for the fourth consecutive year.

The CRN Partner Program Guide lists manufacturers and software publishers that
service solution providers or provide products to the IT Channel. CRN remains
the market leader in Channel news, delivering intelligence, actionable advice
and forward-thinking business strategy to the North American IT channel.

The guide recognizes those vendors who have channel programs and derive a
portion of their sales through the indirect IT Channel. The 5-Star Partner
Program rating recognizes an elite subset of Partner Program Guide vendors who
give solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel
programs.

The list methodology is based on objective criteria that takes into account
each vendor's investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner
training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales
support and communication. Vendors are assessed using information provided in
their completed applications.

"Our channel partners have been vital to the continued success of the
AssuredSAN™ brand, which has become synonymous with reliable, quality storage
solutions," said Brad Painter, vice president of channel sales, Dot Hill.
"With the ability to market complete, integrated solutions, Dot Hill
Connections partners continue to work with us on new ways to expand our
vertical markets. Qualified Dot Hill resellers are a key component in our
strategy to establish a presence this year in the midrange market with our
unique, new AssuredSAN Pro 5000 real-time storage tiering solutions."

This past year, the company revamped the Dot Hill Connections channel program,
expanding resources for channel marketing and lead generation to better
support Dot Hill's growing reseller base. Dot Hill successfully expanded the
company's roster of channel partners with new resellers experienced in key
areas such as storage virtualization and the media & entertainment industry.
This recruitment effort complemented Dot Hill's expanded product offerings
including the new "seriously smart" AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series real-time
tiered storage solutions for midrange customers and the "wicked-fast"
next-generation AssuredSAN 4000 Series.

In August 2012, Dot Hill rolled out the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series through
fully trained and authorized Dot Hill Connections channel partners who offer
organizations complete, turnkey solutions. The move was designed to broaden
the reach of Dot Hill and its channel partners into the fast-growing midrange
storage market, while advancing the momentum of the AssuredSAN brand in key
vertical markets. Dot Hill has been working closely with channel partners to
reach midsized businesses who require storage with world-class reliability and
demonstrated 99.999 percent availability for applications such as server
virtualization, database applications, and Microsoft Exchange.

Dot Hill's channel program offers a compelling value proposition to both North
American and European partners. Through the Connections Partner Program,
resellers can access deal registration, event marketing support, and lead
generation programs. Partners and customers can also take advantage of
equipment programs like Dot Hill's Try & Buy, Evaluation, and Demo programs
which quickly bring storage solutions into customers' hands where they can
experience Dot Hill's intuitive user interface and performance in real-world
environments.

"The companies listed in CRN's 2013 Partner Program Guide represent a
comprehensive list of the best channel programs in the market today," said
Kelley Damore, senior vice president and editorial director, for UBM Tech
Channel's CRN. "The 5-star award is reserved for vendors that understand that
a successful partnership does not rely solely on the technology. By offering
their partners tools, education and regular updates, vendors on this list go
above and beyond traditional support to ensure a mutually beneficial
partnership."

The 2013 Partner Program Guide will be featured on CRN.com and the 5-Star
Partners listing will be highlighted in the March 2013 issue of CRN.

About Dot Hill

Leveraging its proprietary Assured family of storage solutions, Dot Hill
solves many of today's most challenging storage problems – helping IT to
improve performance, increase availability, simplify operations, and reduce
costs. Dot Hill's solutions combine breakthrough software with the industry's
most flexible and extensive hardware platform and automated management to
deliver best-in-class solutions. Headquartered in Longmont, Colo., Dot Hill
has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore,
the United Kingdom, and the United States.

For more information, visit us at www.dothill.com.

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About UBM Tech Channel

UBM Tech Channel, a UBM company, is the premier provider of IT channel-focused
events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With
over 30 years of experience and engagement, UBM Tech Channel has the unmatched
channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives
managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to
accelerate technology sales. To learn more about UBM Tech Channel, visit:
www.ubmchannel.com.

Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not
historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Because such statements are subject
to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ from those expressed or
implied by the statements. For a discussion of risks and uncertainties that
Dot Hill may face, please consult the Forms 10-K and 10-Q most recently filed
with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Dot Hill. Forward-looking
statements speak only as of the date they were made and Dot Hill undertakes no
obligation to update such statements to reflect changes in circumstances. CRN
is independent of Dot Hill, andDot Hillis not responsible for any statements
or findings made by CRN.

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CONTACT: Steve Sturgeon
         Lutz PR (for Dot Hill Systems)
         858-472-5669
         steve@lutzpr.com
        
         Company Contact:
         Ruth Macdonald
         Dot Hill Systems
         303-845-3364
         ruth.macdonald@dothill.com

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