Bell Microproducts Offers Dot Hill's Complete Storage Products Line

11/15/2004 - Bell Microproducts, Inc. (Nasdaq: BELM) and Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq: HILL) announced an expanded relationship and strategic business partnership. Bell Microproducts is now offering Dot Hill's complete line of storage products, including the SANnet(R) II family and RIO Xtreme(TM) storage solutions. Bell Microproducts will sell the products to its North American Enterprise VAR and Industrial OEM customers.

"Bell Microproducts is recognized as one of the world's top value-added providers specializing in turnkey programs for storage products. Dot Hill's SANnet II and RIO Xtreme product lines helps us further provide for the unique requirements of our broad customer base," said Phil Roussey, executive vice president of enterprise solutions for Bell Microproducts. "We look forward to working with Dot Hill in this newly expanded partnership and believe that the Dot Hill products will open up new opportunities for our customers."

Dot Hill's SANnet II FC and SATA storage solutions and the RIO Xtreme solutions offer integrated Switchless SAN(TM) technology that enables storage consolidation for up to 12 servers without switches, providing the benefits of a SAN configuration at a lower cost.

"Dot Hill's expanded relationship with Bell Microproducts is a strategic component of our sales and marketing plan going forward," said Phil Davis, Dot Hill's senior vice president worldwide sales. "We look forward to working closely with Bell Microproducts to broaden the distribution of the SMB targeted SANnet II family and to tightly focus on the vertical markets to which the RIO Xtreme solutions are targeted. We believe that Bell Microproducts, one of the world's leading storage distributors, has both the expertise and customer base to help Dot Hill increase market share."

Bell Microproducts is featuring Dot Hill's recently introduced SANnet II SATA channel-friendly bundles for the Windows and Linux platforms. The SANnet II SATA provides high-speed Fibre Channel host connections and high-capacity serial ATA drive connections in a compact 2U (3.75 inches high), 12-drive enclosure. The pre-configured Switchless SAN solution bundles include a SANnet II SATA storage system with single or redundant RAID controller and are shipped with 4, 8 or 12 SATA drives providing capacities of 1.6, 3.2 or 4.8TB respectively. Dot Hill's easy to use SANscape(R) storage management software for Windows or Linux is also included.

RIO Xtreme storage solutions are optimized for very high sequential bandwidth applications such as streaming audio/video, data acquisition and high performance computing. Built with enterprise-class fault tolerance, RIO Xtreme storage solutions deliver high availability with redundant, hot- swappable components. The RIO Xtreme storage solution comprises a very high- performance 1U RAID control head and a 2GB Fibre Channel (FC) 2U JBOD enclosure that expands to 28TB by adding additional 2U enclosures and drives.

The SANnet II family of storage solutions provides industry leading 99.9998+ percent uptime in compact, rack-optimized packages. SANnet II brings carrier-grade reliability and enterprise-class features to open systems platforms. The common modular architecture of the SANnet II family provides seamless scalability for future growth within storage networking and direct attached environments.

All SANnet II products feature hot-swappable, field-replaceable components including drives, controllers, power supplies, fans and event monitoring units. This product line meets MIL-STD-810F standards for the U.S. Department of Defense and is certified to the telecommunications industry NEBS Level 3 standard.

About Bell Microproducts
Bell Microproducts is an international, value-added provider of a wide range of high-technology products, solutions, and services to the industrial and commercial markets. The company's offering includes semiconductors, computer platforms, peripherals, and storage products of various types including desktop, high-end computer and storage subsystems, fibre channel connectivity products, RAID, NAS and SAN storage systems, back-up products, storage management software, and extensive support, integration and installation services. Bell Microproducts is an industry-recognized specialist in storage products and is one of the world's largest storage- centric value-added distributors.

The company's products are available at any level of integration, from components to subsystem assemblies and fully-integrated, tested and certified system solutions. The company adds value with a broad range of services including testing, software loading, kitting, mass storage system integration, and computer system integration. Trained and certified technical personnel complete each of these processes at Bell Microproducts' ISO 9001:2000 facilities. Bell Microproducts markets and distributes more than 125 brand name product lines, as well as its own Rorke Data storage brands, to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), contract electronic manufacturing services (EMS) customers, value-added resellers (VARs) and system integrators in the Americas and Europe. More information can be found in the company's SEC filings, or by visiting the Bell Microproducts Web site at

About Dot Hill
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 II family of storage systems, RIO Xtreme storage solutions, SANscape storage management software, SANpath(R) storage networking software and professional training, support and service. For more information, visit Dot Hill on the web at

Dot Hill, the Dot Hill logo, SANnet, Switchless SAN, RIO Xtreme, RIVA, SANscape, and SANpath are trademarks of Dot Hill Systems Corp.

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