Dot Hill Launches High Performance 12Gb SAS Arrays and Industry's First 16Gb Fibre Channel/10Gb iSCSI Converged Interface

Dot Hill Launches High Performance 12Gb SAS Arrays and Industry's First 16Gb
Fibre Channel/10Gb iSCSI Converged Interface Storage Solutions

AssuredSAN 4004 Models Deliver Rock Solid Reliability and Wicked-Fast

LONGMONT, Colo., Nov. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dot Hill Systems Corp.
(Nasdaq:HILL), a leading provider of SAN storage solutions, announced the
availability of its new AssuredSAN™ 4004 storage models, based on the
company's ninth-generation RAID architecture. These products offer greater
data security, faster throughput and substantial business benefits for markets
that demand extremely high-bandwidth performance, such as cloud service
providers, media & entertainment, oil & gas, telecommunications, big data
analytics and digital image archiving. The new AssuredSAN 4004 arrays are now
available worldwide through the Dot Hill channels and select OEM and embedded
solution partners. Host interface options include 12Gb SAS, 16Gb FC, 1Gb and
10Gb iSCSI and the only hybrid 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel/10Gb iSCSI converged

"Reliability and performance are critical factors for our customers across the
range of markets that we serve," said Dana Kammersgard, president and CEO, Dot
Hill Systems. "These new products build on our field-proven high availability
and deliver more performance in this price category to help businesses improve
application productivity and business competitiveness with faster workload
response times. In addition, with converged network connectivity our customers
have more options for consolidating and adapting Fibre Channel and iSCSI SAN
architectures within their data centers with one storage investment."

With an installed base exceeding 600,000 systems, Dot Hill has demonstrated
99.999% availability with real-world field data, helping to assure
organizations of round-the-clock access to data. The AssuredSAN 4004 offers
our partners a first-mover advantage as the industry transitions to 16Gb Fibre
Channel and 12Gb SAS interfaces. Multiple OEM customers are either already
shipping or are in late stage evaluations.

"Dot Hill is committed to developing high-functioning, seriously smart storage
solutions, offered at tremendously competitive price points," said Jim Jonez,
senior director of marketing, Dot Hill. "Our early-to-market AssuredSAN 4004
products are engineered to deliver superior performance, and offer a leg up to
our customers when it comes to seamless integration, reliability and stellar

The Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4004 Series is available in a variety of
configurations for SSD, 2.5-inch HDD and 3.5-inch HDD, including highly
versatile AssuredSAN 4824 and AssuredSAN 4834 converged interface models. Each
AssuredSAN converged interface storage array includes two four-port
controllers and can be easily configured in the field with eight 16Gb Fibre
Channel ports, eight 10Gb iSCSI ports, or a combination of four 16Gb Fibre
Channel and four 10Gb iSCSI ports. IT managers often use Fibre Channel for the
storage network within the data center, and iSCSI for replication and other
data management services outside of the data center.

These storage arrays are fully backward-compatible with 8Gb/4Gb Fibre Channel
and1Gb iSCSI networking solutions such as switches and host bus adapters.
AssuredSAN 4524 and AssuredSAN 4534 12Gb SAS models are fully
backward-compatible with 6Gb SAS investments. All 4004 models are meta-data
compatible with previous generation AssuredSAN arrays, so that customers can
accomplish data-in-place migration by simply upgrading to 4004 generation

Performance, Data Availability and Compatibility that Dot Hill Customers

All Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4004 solutions are built on the company's
ninth-generation RAID stack, which delivers up to 100,000 input/output
operations per second (IOPS) from disk, sustained sequential read performance
of up to 6400 MB/second and writes of up to 5300 MB/second. The Dot Hill RAID
Companion Processor (RCP) allows 4004 solutions to deliver dramatic
performance gains at very aggressive price points. AssuredSAN 4004 solutions
also integrate all the performance tuning and optimizations of the
previous-generation AssuredSAN 4000 models, which includes streaming
performance optimization to handle randomized, sequential workloads. Dot
Hill's latest firmware utilizes a proprietary Adaptive Read-ahead Algorithm
that analyzes workloads and fine tunes options to optimize the performance of
specific kinds of demanding workloads, delivering better response times and
meeting IT service level agreements.

"Our reseller partners appreciate the price/performance value proposition that
Dot Hill continues to deliver. The 4004 models will enable our partners to win
new customers in key vertical markets like media & entertainment, where high
definition and 3D workflows require high bandwidth storage solutions. This
market is ready for 16Gb Fibre Channel and 12Gb SAS solutions," stated Brad
Painter, vice president of channel sales, Dot Hill.

"Aside from providing superior streaming performance for bandwidth-intensive
applications, the new AssuredSAN 4004 Series storage solutions offer
unprecedented flexibility," said Jon Guess, president, ALT Systems. "The
versatile converged interface of these solutions allows organizations to
instantly convert their storage in the field from 16Gb Fibre Channel to 10Gb
iSCSI, vice versa, or a combination of both. This extremely attractive feature
maximizes our customers' options and allows organizations to future-proof
their IT investments."

Support for a Full Complement of Data Management Software and SSD Drives

AssuredSAN 4004 arrays support the full complement of Dot Hill's data
management services including the company's RAIDar management interface, and
disaster recovery software comprised of AssuredSnap for point-in-time
snapshots, AssuredCopy for creating volume copies and AssuredRemote for
array-based remote replication. Support for popular storage software platforms
such as VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer and Veeam Backup &
Replication is included. Consistent with previous AssuredSAN products, flash
based SSD drives are supported across the Dot Hill product line.

Data Security through Full Disk Encryption

The Dot Hill platform also includes support for HGST and Seagate® Full Disk
Encryption (FDE). Self-encrypting drives encrypt every write operation and
decrypt every read operation without user intervention. With drive-level
protection of data, FDE drives remain fully protected even if they are stolen,
taken out of service, or repurposed. FDE support is expected to be available
in the first quarter of 2014.

Availability and Pricing

Products will begin shipping in volume worldwide to authorized Dot Hill
channel partners in November. Select OEMs are shipping now.

The suggested list price for a 48 terabyte AssuredSAN 4834 16Gb Fibre
Channel/10Gb iSCSI model is $39,869. A similar dual controller configuration
with eight ports of 12Gb SAS is $40,265 suggested list price.

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.

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Lutz PR (for Dot Hill Systems)

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