Dot Hill Receives Windows Server 2003 Certification for Storage Devices

2/26/2004 - Dot Hill (Nasdaq: HILL) announced that its SANnet(R) II Fibre Channel (FC) and SANnet II SCSI storage systems have received Windows 2003 Server Family certification from the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL). Storage devices must pass rigorous tests to be placed on Microsoft's Hardware Compatibility List, certifying that they will operate with native Windows drivers included in the Windows 2003 Server Family.

The WHQL certification ensures that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) produce quality hardware and software that interact efficiently and optimally with Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 family of products. Now that SANnet II FC and SCSI have been certified, they are listed in Microsoft's online Windows Server 2003 Catalog.

"Dot Hill has an ongoing commitment to support the Windows platform and ensure compatibility when SANnet II products are deployed in a Windows environment," said Dana Kammersgard, Dot Hill's co-founder and chief technology officer. "With this certification, our channel partners can be confident when recommending or designing SANnet II into integrated Windows Server 2003 solutions."

In addition to achieving these hardware certifications, SANnet II storage products have been tested by independent labs in extreme environments to attain Network Equipment Building Systems (NEBS) Level 3 and MIL-STD-810F certifications. These test procedures have included a simulated level 8.3 earthquake, a 15,000-volt electrical discharge, 55 degree C ambient operating temperatures, and other physically demanding conditions. The ruggedness of Dot Hill's SANnet II products can be translated into less than 40 seconds of downtime each year.

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.

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, SANscape(R) storage management software, SANpath(R) storage networking software and professional training, support and service. For more information, visit Dot Hill on the web at

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