Dot Hill Launches RIO Xtreme Storage Server at NAB

4/20/2004 - Dot Hill (Nasdaq: HILL) will introduce the RIO Xtreme(TM) storage server at NAB 2004, April 19-22, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The new high-bandwidth RIO Xtreme is optimized for data-intensive, rich media environments including 2K, HD and SD video and film editing and effects, streaming technologies, data broadcasting, and delivery of digital and high definition television (HDTV) programming.

RIO Xtreme will be running with four video editing workstations using a variety of applications showing different stages of editing in partner Bright Systems' booth C7822. RIO Xtreme will be delivering multiple stream capture and playback to demonstrate the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of enabling multi-user shared access to data.

"The RIO was a good choice because it's completely scalable with relatively inexpensive modules and can use inexpensive drives," said Alex Peacock, owner, 33 1/3 Productions. "That will enable us to add bandwidth cost effectively as we move to HD production. This is great! Why waste time when you could be making more money?"

The RIO Xtreme storage server supports both high-bandwidth streaming storage and low-cost nearline storage. This compact 1U (1.75 inches high) storage server offers mixed storage connectivity to Fibre Channel, SATA and SBOD disk subsystems. RIO Xtreme delivers multiple simultaneous HD and 2K streams and supports all levels of non-linear editing. RIO Xtreme was developed using Chaparral technology. Dot Hill acquired Chaparral Network Storage on February 24, 2004 and is marketing this product line and all future products under the Dot Hill brand.

Because RIO Xtreme enables multiple users to simultaneously edit video clips by allowing access to centralized data, productivity is enhanced. Its fault tolerant design delivers a high availability infrastructure that includes redundant, hot-swappable components. RIO Xtreme has tested and proven interoperability with major hardware and software editing platforms.

"We are pleased to announce the RIO Xtreme at NAB, which is well attended by customers in the rich media and entertainment space," said Omar Barraza, Dot Hill's director of marketing. "The RIO Xtreme is very well suited to video editing, post-production and delivery of streaming media and other high-bandwidth applications. We hope to quickly gain brand awareness for Dot Hill and build market share with RIO Xtreme in the entertainment industry."

NAB2004 is the world's largest conference and exhibition for the electronic media. Produced annually in April by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), The NAB show delivers the most comprehensive showcase of digital communications technologies, including every element of television and radio broadcasting, film/video production and post production, audio production, multimedia, Internet, satellite and telecommunications. NAB2004 offers educational forums and over 1,200 cutting-edge exhibitors.

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 RIO Xtreme storage servers, SANnet(R) II 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

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

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