Dot Hill's SANnet II Fibre Channel Storage Solution Available this Month

2/12/2003 - Dot Hill (AMEX:HIL) announced that its new SANnet® II FC (Fibre Channel) storage solution has been released and will be generally available to reseller partners this month. The new SANnet II FC is a complete storage networking solution consisting of hardware, software, training, support and service for Windows, Linux and Unix platforms. As the second member of Dot Hill’s next-generation SANnet II family, SANnet II FC solutions share a common modular architecture and unified management software with other SANnet II solutions such as SANnet II SCSI.

The SANnet II FC storage solutions feature end-to-end 2Gbit Fibre Channel technology with support for sophisticated storage area network (SAN) and traditional direct attached storage (DAS) architectures. Dot Hill’s SANscape® and SANpath® storage software enable comprehensive remote management and secure storage networking. Professional training, support and service delivered jointly with Dot Hill’s reseller partners complete the solution.

SANnet II FC storage solutions feature 12 disk drive bays, single or dual controllers, AC or DC power supplies and eight host ports in a compact 2U (3.5 inches high) enclosure. Disk drive options include 36GB 15,000 RPM units and 36GB, 73GB or 146GB 10,000 RPM units. Capacity scales without interruption by adding one or more expansion systems providing an additional 12 disk drive bays each. While more compact than other Fibre Channel storage products, SANnet II FC solutions deliver very fast performance – up to 160,000 transactions per second from cache – making SANnet II FC solutions practical for a broad variety of uses.

“With the release of the SANnet II FC solution, Dot Hill has extended its successful SANnet technology to create a superior Fibre Channel storage solution with the flexibility to complement diverse open systems environments,” said Dana Kammersgard, Dot Hill CTO and co-founder. “We expect this versatility will empower our reseller partners to have much greater success in meeting the challenging requirements of their customers.”

The flexibility of SANnet II FC solutions makes them well suited to a variety of applications and environments, such as high-availability clustering, workgroup storage consolidation, remote office infrastructure and initial Fibre Channel deployments. Built-in FC ports support connections to Fibre Channel fabric switches as well as direct fabric connections to Fibre Channel equipped servers. SANnet II FC solutions support one to eight servers without requiring fabric switches, making them ideal storage networking solutions for workgroups by allowing the transfer of additional servers into the SANnet II FC solution as workgroup requirements grow. SANnet II FC brings enterprise class features and functionality to entry-level environments.

Industry-leading reliability, availability and serviceability are assured using fully redundant hot-swap components that eliminate single points of failure. The robustness of SANnet II FC solutions is further verified by independent testing and certification to demanding third-party standards, such as Telcordia NEBS Level 3 standards for the telecommunications industry and MIL-STD-810F standards for the U.S. Department of Defense armed services.

“Dot Hill’s SANnet II FC product offers a very flexible solution component to the channel,” said David Hill, vice president of storage research for the Aberdeen Group. “The fact that it is easy to service with its hot-swappable modules makes it an attractive choice for all types of channel partners.”

Dot Hill Systems Corp. is a leader in the innovative design and delivery of storage networking solutions to channel partners worldwide. Its products include the SANnet family of storage systems, the Axis Storage Managers, SANscape storage management software, SANpath storage networking software and professional training, support and service. For more information, visit Dot Hill on the web at

Dot Hill, Axis Storage Manager, SANnet, SANscape and SANpath are trademarks of Dot Hill Systems Corp.

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