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Dot Hill Introduces Virtual RAID Adapter Technology Targeted At Enterprise Server OEMs And Motherboard Vendors

CARLSBAD, Calif. - September 15, 2009 - Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq: HILL), a world-class provider of entry-level and midrange storage solutions for OEMs, systems integrators and resellers, today introduced its newest member of the RAIDCore??? software family of Windows and Linux server-based data protection solutions, targeted at original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs). Aided by today's multi-core CPUs, this RAIDCore solution establishes an entirely new category of RAID for storage inside of servers known as virtual RAID adapter (VRA) technology. VRA-based solutions are enterprise-class data protection services and allow volume server OEMs or ODMs to offer built-in, high-end RAID functionality without the expense of a dedicated RAID-on-chip acceleration device.

The VRA version of RAIDCore is capable of supporting Intel??-compatible servers' SATA I/O ports, as well as I/O ports on SAS/SATA add-on controllers. This innovative, hardware-agnostic approach uses a universal RAID driver and a single management interface to support multiple disk controllers, eliminating the need for separate interfaces as required by competitive offerings. As low-cost SAS expander technology, larger numbers of small form factor 2.5-inch drives and server-connected JBOD arrays proliferate in storage-server and clustered environments, VRAs will provide server vendors with a scalable solution that easily caters to future storage growth.
RAIDCore VRA technology also achieves superior write-performance over other software- and hardware-based server RAID solutions via innovative caching technology to further remove system bottlenecks.

"Several tier-one OEMs are currently evaluating or qualifying Dot Hill's RAIDCore VRA technology, with OEM-branded versions expected to launch later this month on Intel's ICH10R core logic entry-level server platforms, as well as SAS/SATA host bus adapters for SAS disk support," said Andy Mills, vice president of marketing and business development at Dot Hill. "Having major server vendors adopt and validate our technology is an important step forward for Dot Hill, as well as for VRA adoption in enterprise server environments."

In September 2008, Dot Hill acquired certain assets from Ciprico which included exclusive rights to license RAIDCore technology from Broadcom Corporation. The acquisition was part of a strategic initiative to offer software-only products for the enterprise server data protection market as complementary offering to its existing external hardware RAID array business. RAIDCore VRA technology is a unique software-only solution that utilizes the power of multi-core CPUs and high speed memory to provide a powerful new high performance RAID engine that does not require any form of hardware acceleration. This approach enables RAID to be offered in volume, entry-level servers where hardware-accelerated RAID has traditionally been too expensive.

"Enterprise customers are looking for efficient systems such as the Intel?? Xeon?? 5500 processor-based server core logic platforms," said Brad Karlberg, director of marketing for Storage, Intel Server Platforms Group. "As we continue to incorporate increasing storage functionality into our baseline server platforms, we welcome storage vendors such as Dot Hill that provide enterprise-hardened software solutions that take advantage of these new capabilities."

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