Sun Microsystems Selects Dot Hill To Deliver Next Generation Storage Systems

10/3/2002 - Dot Hill Systems announced it has begun volume shipments of a new line of storage systems to Sun Microsystems. The shipments are a result of a three-year OEM partner agreement signed by the two companies in May 2002.

Dot Hill expects its 2003 storage shipments to be in the range of $125 to $175 million with a large quantity of its net revenues derived from sales of the new products to Sun. Under the terms of the agreement, Dot Hill will develop, to Sun specifications, privately branded software and RAID storage systems for Sun.

These RAID systems and software address the critical workgroup market segment, are extremely rugged and have been certified to Network Equipment Building Systems (NEBS) Level 3 and MIL-STD-810F standards to assure high availability. Downtime due to component failures is virtually eliminated as the compact, scalable storage systems have redundant hot-swappable field replaceable units. These products are targeted at small to medium application deployments and workgroup network infrastructure running with multiple operating environments.

"Businesses rely on their storage networks for continuous access to their information – whether it’s email, a web site, or customer information. As an industry leader, Sun is known for its innovative approach to supplying the market with products that meet very stringent technological specifications," said Jim Lambert, Dot Hill’s chief executive officer. "Sun chose Dot Hill because of our world-class technology and our core competency – which is in designing rugged, compact, and high availability storage products."

"Sun is committed to providing storage solutions that are highly available, scalable, and interoperable in heterogeneous environments," said Mark Canepa, executive vice president, Network Storage, Sun Microsystems. "Dot Hill's technology keeps pace with Sun's global storage initiatives. In addition, their partnership with Solectron gives Dot Hill the ability to quickly meet our high-volume requirements while maintaining the highest standards in manufacturing."

As an element of the OEM relationship between Sun and Dot Hill, Solectron (NYSE:SLR), a leading provider of electronics manufacturing and supply-chain management services, will manufacture the new RAID systems in California and Scotland. In June 2002, Solectron and Dot Hill announced they signed a manufacturing agreement.

About Sun Storage
Sun is a recognized multi-billion dollar industry leader in the UNIX and open systems storage market. Sun StorEdgeTM Complete Storage Solutions are optimized for the Solaris Operating Environment and tailored to Sun's server platform, while supporting heterogeneous environments. Sun is the #1 worldwide UNIX storage supplier, #1 external UNIX systems vendor in both terabytes and systems shipped, #1 storage provider in host-attached external storage, and received the #1 storage ranking in the VARBusiness Report Card.

About Sun Microsystems
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision — "The Network Is The ComputerTM" — has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries.

About Dot Hill
Dot Hill is a leading independent provider of storage networking solutions. Its SANnet® product line includes storage area networks, MIL-STD-810F and NEBS Level 3 certified systems and the Axis Storage ManagerTM family of products. Dot Hill's customers include many of the world’s leading Internet service providers, telecommunications companies, and government agencies. Dot Hill is an ISO 9002 certified company.

Dot Hill, the Dot Hill logo, SANnet, and Axis Storage Manager are trademarks of Dot Hill Systems Corp. Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun StorEdge and The Network is the Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, exclusively licensed through X/Open Company Ltd.

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