Dot Hill Systems Qualifies STEC Solid State Drives

Dot Hill Systems Corp. today announced that Dot Hill is now shipping solid state disk (SSD) drives from STEC, a leading global provider of SSD technology solutions, for use in its iSCSI, SAS and Fibre Channel arrays.

November 5, 2009

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CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dot Hill Systems Corp. (NASDAQ:HILL) , a world-class provider of entry-level and midrange storage solutions for OEMs and resellers, today announced that Dot Hill is now shipping solid state disk (SSD) drives from STEC, a leading global provider of SSD technology solutions, for use in its iSCSI, SAS and Fibre Channel arrays.

With native SAS drive-attach, STEC drives offer a compelling solution for Dot Hill's first-to-market arrays with twenty four 2.5-inch drives. With no moving parts, SSDs provide fast access time and low latency compared to conventional hard drives. They are used to enable high performance caching in tiered storage applications and high availability storage in military applications such as mobile computing where substantial vibration or motion could cause damage to traditional SATA or SAS hard drives. Further, SSDs are more rugged than hard disks, operate silently, and can tolerate a broader range of environmental conditions and altitudes. For these reasons, early adopters of SSDs in RAID arrays have included military, government, and telecommunications customers.

"STEC leverages 15 years of knowledge and experience to deliver the industry's most comprehensive line of solid state drives," said Manouch Moshayedi, chairman and chief executive officer of STEC. "Understanding the needs of ruggedized storage systems and the suitability of SSDs for those applications, we are excited about driving SSD adoption beyond the conventional enterprise usage models to create new and exciting avenues for growth of our SSDs. Coupled with Dot Hill's extensive experience in delivering innovative RAID technology for mobile military applications, our two companies are poised to deliver best-of-breed, ruggedized storage solutions that meet the numerous demands of this important market."

"The modular architecture of Dot Hill arrays allows us to deliver high-performance, scalable storage solutions that are implemented in the harshest of environments," said Andy Mills, vice president of marketing and business development, Dot Hill. "Utilizing STEC's line of highly dependable SSDs, we are now able to offer the market an entirely new level of reliability for the most challenging conditions. Dot Hill has provided storage to government and military applications for many years and we are pleased to further expand on this legacy."

Specific Dot Hill arrays qualified and now shipping with STEC drives include Dot Hill 2322, 2332 iSCSI, 2522, 2532 SAS, and 2722, 2732 Fibre Channel RAID arrays.Dot Hill R/Evolution(TM) Architecture Provides Competitive Advantage for OEMs and Resellers

Dot Hill next generation RAID arrays are based on the highly modular, highly dynamic Dot Hill R/Evolution(TM) Architecture, which is designed to rapidly evolve and support OEM technology and enable OEMs and VARs to quickly achieve sustainable, competitive advantage in the volume storage market.

The R/Evolution Architecture delivers high levels of performance, storage density, time-to-market leadership and configuration flexibility. Using modular and bladed components, the R/Evolution Architecture provides OEMs and VARs with a "configure-to-product" model, supporting both product differentiation and rapid time- to-market for volume storage market solutions.
About Dot Hill
Delivering innovative technology and global support, Dot Hill empowers OEMs and resellers to bring unique storage solutions to market, quickly, easily and cost-effectively. Offering high performance and industry-leading uptime, Dot Hill's RAID technology is the foundation for best-in-class storage solutions offering enterprise-class security, availability and data protection. The company's products are in use today by the world's leading service and equipment providers, common carriers, advanced technology and telecommunications companies as well as government agencies. Dot Hill solutions are certified to meet rigorous industry standards and military specifications, as well as RoHS and WEEE international environmental standards. Headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States.

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  HILL-GCertain statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical fact 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 materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding: the size and timing of orders for Dot Hill product due its collaboration with STEC; any improvement in Dot Hill's financial results due to the collaboration; the performance, benefits or level of ruggedization of the technology described in the press release in any particular environment; the continued availability of the technology; and the level of customer interest in the technology. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. The risks that contribute to the uncertain nature of the forward-looking statements include: the fact that technology is somewhat new to the market and therefore Dot Hill has limited experience with respect to the technology as well as demand for it; changing customer preferences in the open systems computing market; and unforeseen supply, technological, intellectual property or engineering issues. However, there are many other risks not listed here that may affect the future business of Dot Hill, as well as the forward-looking statements contained herein. To learn about such risks and uncertainties, you should read the risk factors set forth in the company's public filings with the SEC, including the Forms 8-K, 10-K and 10-Q most recently filed by Dot Hill. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made. Dot Hill undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect any change in circumstances or events.

Source: Dot Hill Systems Corp.

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