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August 26, 2013

Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Achieves Outstanding Performance in VMware(R) vSphere Environments

New Evaluator Group Benchmark Report Confirms That AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Supports up to 240 Virtual Machines

 

SAN FRANCISCO – Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq:HILL), a leading provider of SAN storage solutions, today announced the release of the official Evaluator Group IOmark-VM benchmark report, which confirms that Dot Hill's AssuredSAN™ Pro 5000 Series real-time automated tiered storage solution delivers exceptional performance in VMware vSphere environments.

The report marks the debut of the IOmark-VM benchmark, the latest storage benchmark in the IOmark suite created by the IOmark organization. The IOmark-VM benchmark tests real-world workloads, measuring a standard set of applications running in a virtual environment. According to the report, audited by IOmark, the Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 supported 240 virtual machines (VMs) at a cost of $509 per VM, running IOmark-VM workloads. The Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 supported the standard set of applications according to the IOmark-VM benchmark with a mean response time of 8.92 milliseconds.

"IOmark-VM allows us to more accurately answer the question, 'how many VMs can my storage system support,' " said Russ Fellows, senior partner at Evaluator Group. "After testing other systems in our labs with IOmark-VM, we can say the Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 yielded an outstanding price/performance result, due in part to Dot Hill's real-time automated tiering capabilities."

"Dot Hill is working with key partners such as VMware to develop the next-generation virtual data center," said Jim Jonez, senior director of marketing, Dot Hill. "The real-time tiering of our AssuredSAN Pro 5000 is highly cost-effective, allowing organizations to get more from their storage investment. Our unique RealStor™ software allows the AssuredSAN Pro to be more responsive than comparable storage systems by automatically identifying 'hot' data and moving it in real-time to the high-performance SSD tier. While other autotiering systems use batch data migration schemes to sort data based on the previous day's patterns, the AssuredSAN Pro addresses dynamic workloads on a real-time basis."

Dot Hill, a VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP), will be conducting live demonstrations of the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 real-time tiering solution at VMworld in the Dot Hill booth #2405. Attendees can witness first-hand the superior performance of a 40 terabyte AssuredSAN Pro 5000 solution, running RealStor tiering software across 96 drives including eight 200GB SSD drives.

The full report is available on the IOmark website.

AssuredSAN 5000 Pro Series: Seriously Smart, Real-Time Tiered Storage for the Midrange

The AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series with RealStor software takes tiered storage to a new level — beyond competitors' batch migration and into a new era of autonomic, real-time data tiering. With RealStor™, businesses gain the advantage of very high performance SSDs, using them to their maximum benefit, while storing less frequently accessed data on slower, but much less expensive, hard disk drives. Designed for the midrange market, the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series is a high-performance, highly available, fully integrated storage solution that delivers consistently faster access to current data with built-in, real-time, autonomic tiered storage and virtualization.

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.

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

Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts 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 from those expressed or implied by the statements. For a discussion of risks and uncertainties that Dot Hill may face, please consult the Forms 10-K and 10-Q most recently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Dot Hill. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made and Dot Hill undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect changes in circumstances. Dot Hill is not responsible for the accuracy of statement made by third parties, including the Evaluator Group.