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Dot Hill Offers Virtual RAID Adapter Technology For AMD's New Server Chipset

CARLSBAD, Calif., Sept. 21 /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 its Virtual RAID Adapter (VRA) software is available for AMD's newest core logic chipset.

The new VRA-for-motherboard solution is based on AMD's SP5100 Southbridge chipset and Dot Hill's new VRA technology for enterprise servers, leveraging the Dot Hill RAIDCore product line. VRAs replace traditional RAID-on-motherboard (ROMB) solutions with a robust, server-class data protection solution for internal storage that rivals that of more expensive add-in-card-based RAID controllers. Eliminating the need for such controllers along with the associated power, cooling and support costs, VRAs allow businesses to lower server storage costs, while providing the requisite robustness and performance to power transaction-intensive applications.

Dot Hill will offer a basic RAIDCore driver and management solution for Windows and Linux as part of its server reference designs to OEMs, ODMs and motherboard manufacturers that use the SP5100 core logic chipset. This will enable support for high performance RAID protection for disk drives inside AMD chipset-based servers.

"As our server-class embedded platforms become available through numerous infrastructure partners, small businesses and enterprises can have a viable and savvy alternative to traditional hardware-based RAID solutions," said Buddy Broeker, director, Embedded Computing Solutions, AMD. "We believe Dot Hill is an outstanding go-to-market partner for motherboard-based RAID solutions due to their extensive expertise in designing RAID solutions for industry storage and server OEMs."

"By offering a basic VRA version supporting AMD's latest server platform, we are enabling their customers to bundle a new class of server RAID with unique after-market upgrade options," said Andy Mills, vice president of marketing and business development, Dot Hill. "VRAs provide a robust and scalable storage solution for today's entry to mid level servers, providing enterprise level features traditionally associated with higher cost systems."

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