CIARA Selects Dot Hill 3000 Series Storage Arrays for High Performance Server/Storage Solutions

LONGMONT, Colo., Oct. 5– Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq: HILL), a provider of world-class storage solutions and software for OEMs, open storage partners and system integrators, today announced that CIARA has selected Dot Hill’s 3000 Series storage platform to be bundled with CIARA’s Atlas Series servers as part of a complete line of server/storage solutions for a broad range of applications.

Dot Hill’s 3000 Series RAID arrays redefine entry-level storage with breakout, midrange-level performance and energy-saving features, 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10Gb iSCSI and 6Gb SAS support, as well as a complete suite of robust disaster recovery options including snapshot, volume copy and remote replication.

CIARA, a world-class global technology provider and one of the largest Canadian manufacturers of Intel-based computers, designs, develops, markets, services, and supports a variety of computer systems including desktop, mobile computers, graphic workstations, enterprise-class systems including NEXXUS-4000(R) Personal Cluster, the acclaimed VXRACK® high density blade server, VXPRO® rack-mount and tower servers, VXSTOR® networked storage, GRAPHIXX® high-end workstations and the revolutionary CIARA Thin Client.

“CIARA is at the forefront of the computing industry in Canada due to our commitment to delivering the latest technology through cost-effective manufacturing, backed by unparalleled customer service,” said Patrick Scateni, vice president of Enterprise Solutions Group, CIARA. “The Dot Hill 3000 Series of high capacity, high performance arrays allows us to deliver turnkey server/storage solutions with support for a wide range of server interfaces including 8Gb Fibre Channel, Hybrid Fibre Channel with iSCSI, and 6Gb SAS. In addition, the 3000 Series offers the disaster recovery software options that our customers need.”

“Dot Hill is pleased to be selected by CIARA over other storage vendors,” said Garrett Wein, vice president worldwide OEM sales, Dot Hill Systems. “As a top tier OEM supplier in Canada, CIARA requires affordable, high performance storage solutions with rich, midrange-level features that Dot Hill arrays provide.”

Dot Hill 3000 Series – Redefining Entry-Level Storage

Based on Dot Hill’s R/Evolution™ architecture, the next-generation 3000 Series arrays offer support for 8Gb Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs), dual interface 8Gb Fibre Channel/1Gb iSCSI and 6Gb JBODs, along with optional Dot Hill AssuredRemote™ data management software for remote replication. Advanced data management such as AssuredCopy™, Dot Hill’s volume copy technology, enabling the creation of independent data volume copies for additional data protection, and Dot Hill’s AssuredSnap™ snapshot capability for improved data availability and business continuity, allow companies to reduce the burden of meeting modern data retention policies.

The 3000 Series features a number of eco-friendly enhancements such as drive-spin-down capability and 595-watt 80 PLUS-rated (greater than 80 percent energy efficiency) power supplies for reduced operating costs. Additionally, the 3000 Series also features Dot Hill’s patented EcoStor™ “green” battery-free alternative for cache memory, which leverages a combination of super capacitors and flash memory that outlasts traditional batteries nearly fivefold. Business benefits include lower maintenance and disposal costs and reduced server and application down time due to scheduled battery replacement and maintenance.

About Dot Hill

Offering enterprise-class security, availability and data protection, Dot Hill provides responsive and adaptive storage solutions to meet 24/7/365 business demands. With Dot Hill, businesses can proactively safeguard and manage business data, and leverage operational efficiencies to save time, effort and expense today, while meeting the evolving business needs of tomorrow strategically and cost effectively. Headquartered in Longmont, Colo., Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Singapore, United Kingdom, and the United States.

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

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Certain 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 placed by CIARA; the size of the Canadian market for storage solutions; any improvement to Dot Hill’s financial results due to its relationship with CIARA; and the benefits or performance of Dot Hill’s products in any particular environment. The risks that contribute to the uncertain nature of the forward-looking statements include: that the relationship between Dot Hill and CIARA may terminate at any time and does not require minimum purchases; changing customer preferences in the open systems computing market; and unforeseen supply, technological, intellectual property or engineering issues. Plus, there are many other risks not listed here that may affect Dot Hill’s business, 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.




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