Dot Hill Qualifies SANnet II FC Storage for IBM ServerProven Program

6/18/2004 - Dot Hill (Nasdaq: HILL) announced that its SANnet(R) II FC (Fibre Channel) storage solutions have been tested and qualified under the IBM ServerProven(TM) program for the IBM eServer BladeCenter(TM) family with Windows Server 2003 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3. The SANnet II FC products were validated to install quickly, start up easily and run reliably on IBM servers. Specific IBM servers that have been tested with Dot Hill storage are identified on the IBM ServerProven web site at: Dot Hill ServerProven solutions are available for IBM BladeCenter deployed in enterprise, government, service provider or telecommunications environments.

"We are committed to providing IBM BladeCenter customers with a reliable, proven external storage solution," said Omar Barraza, Dot Hill's director of marketing. "Our engineers have worked closely with IBM's BladeCenter and ServerProven teams to ensure interoperability. We will continue to test additional operating systems to expand the flexibility of our ServerProven solutions."

The IBM ServerProven program is designed to validate selected products for compatibility with IBM servers, improve ease of installation and provide customers with the detailed results and information needed to make purchasing decisions. ServerProven participants, in conjunction with IBM engineers, test a set of solution building blocks -- specific devices and applications -- in one or more operating system environments.

The SANnet II FC storage solutions feature 2Gbit Fibre Channel technology with support for sophisticated storage area network (SAN) and traditional direct attached storage (DAS) architectures. Dot Hill's SANscape(R) and SANpath(R) storage software enable comprehensive remote management and secure storage networking. 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. Capacity scales without interruption by adding one or more expansion systems providing an additional 12 disk drive bays each. SANnet II FC solutions deliver very fast performance -- up to 160,000 transactions per second from cache.

The SANnet II family of storage solutions provides industry leading 99.9998+ percent uptime in compact, rack-optimized packages. They are certified to meet NEBS Level 3 and ETSI telecommunications standards along with U.S. Department of Defense MIL-STD-810F standards. 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 II family of storage systems, RIO Xtreme(TM) storage servers, 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, the Dot Hill logo, SANnet, SANpath, SANscape, RIVA and RIO Xtreme are trademarks of Dot Hill Systems Corp.

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