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December 2, 2013

Northwest Missouri State University Selects Dot Hill Storage to Serve as Campus Technology Backbone

Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Storage Arrays in a VMware Environment with Veeam Backup and Replication Score Top Marks for High Reliability and Performance at a Winning Price

LONGMONT, Colo. -- Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq:HILL), a leading provider of SAN storage solutions, today announced that Northwest Missouri State University has selected Dot Hill AssuredSAN™ Pro 5000 real-time, autonomic tiered storage to support campus backup systems and to support virtualization and Exchange servers across the university network.

Founded in 1905 and located in Maryville, Missouri, Northwest Missouri State University has an enrollment of approximately 6,500 students representing 45 states and 30 countries. To address its escalating computing needs, the university sought to expand existing storage infrastructure for improved scalability and efficiency, and to support the school's virtualization initiatives. Working through reseller Choice Solutions, the university's IT team evaluated options and selected Dot Hill AssuredSAN storage for its excellent performance, functionality and price point, as well as its suitability for virtualized environments.

"In addition to outstanding performance, a very intuitive user interface and an extremely small footprint, it was the price point and level of reduced fees offered by the Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 that really sealed the deal for us," said Timothy Carlyle, director of network computing, Northwest Missouri State University. "We won't have maintenance fees for three years, and now have ample storage to last through that same time frame and beyond."

The university's two Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series arrays, each boasting 32TB of capacity, are located in two different buildings on campus and are 80 percent virtualized on servers. The arrays run in a VMware environment with Veeam backup and replication, creating seven days of snapshots. Once a week, systems back up to tapes, which are transferred to an offsite location. Three weeks' worth of data is stored for all Northwest Missouri State campus servers.

AssuredSAN 5000 Pro Series: Seriously Smart, Real-Time Tiered Storage — Ideal for Higher Education

The AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series takes tiered storage to a new level — beyond competitors' batch migration schemes and into a new era of autonomic, real-time data tiering.The AssuredSAN Pro 5000 automatically manages 'hot' and 'cold' data in real-time to deliver storage performance when it's needed most. Powered by Dot Hill RealStor™ technology, the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 responds minute-by-minute to changes in data requirements, moving the most heavily accessed data up to the SSD tier, while detecting less active data and moving it to a lower tier. This data migration happens in real-time, without policy setting and human intervention.

"The Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 is ideal for educational institutions such as Northwest Missouri State, which are looking for exceptional performance and support for virtualized environments at a price point that is cost effective," said Jim Jonez, senior director of marketing, Dot Hill. "Our AssuredSAN Pro 5000 blends a high-performance SSD tier and high-capacity rotating disk drive tiers with our patented RealStor autonomic, real-time tiering software to provide fast, reliable delivery of data in VMware vSphere environments."

Dot Hill serves major universities, such as the University of Pennsylvania, Ohio State and the University of Sussex and numerous others throughout the United Kingdom and the United States, through Dot Hill's network of specialized storage channel resellers. The Dot Hill channel offers exceptional knowledge of storage and virtualized environments as well as a deep understanding of the education and research sectors.

Installation services and support were provided by Choice Solutions, a fast-growing, nationwide systems integrator offering a broad range of IT solutions, including virtualization, storage, application and desktop delivery, network infrastructure and security. Choice Solutions' experienced team of engineers and sales and support staff helped Northwest Missouri State with technology selection and deployment, by conducting a thorough analysis of the university's IT goals and strategies.

"Dot Hill's high performance, reliable storage products with five 9's of availability are a vital part of our portfolio of solutions for business, education and government customers," said Jim Steinlage, president and CEO, Choice Solutions. "The Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 is a best-in-breed solution that is helping Northwest Missouri State maximize efficiency and capitalize on its virtualization initiatives."

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, theUnited Kingdom, and the United States.

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

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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.

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