Dot Hill and Winchester Systems Team to Deliver Ruggedized Storage Solutions for Military Field Applications and Commercial Surveillance

April 21, 2010

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Dot Hill and Winchester Systems Team to Deliver Ruggedized Storage Solutions for Military Field Applications and Commercial Surveillance

LONGMONT, Colo., April 21 -- Dot Hill Systems Corp. (NASDAQ:HILL), a provider of world-class storage solutions and software for OEMs, open storage partners and system integrators, today announced that Winchester Systems will leverage Dot Hill's R/Evolution(TM) architecture to deliver ruggedized, high-density, high speed storage solutions to Winchester Systems' base of U.S. military and commercial surveillance customers.

Winchester Systems ( provides network-attached storage, direct-attached storage, tiered-storage, storage area network and enterprise data storage solutions for commercial, industrial, healthcare, education, government and military applications. These solutions include high performance iSCSI, SAS, SCSI, SATA and Fibre Channel RAID disk arrays; disk backup devices and other high performance commercial and military grade data storage for mid-range servers including Windows, Windows Clusters, Linux, Linux Clusters, and UNIX.

By building on Dot Hill's MIL-STD-810F/NEBS Level 3 certified/compliant Fibre Channel networked storage and SAS direct-attach compact, high-density, high speed storage solutions, Winchester Systems broadens its portfolio of ruggedized storage offerings. Along with its line of rugged servers, Winchester Systems is marketing the rugged 4Gb Fibre Channel 2722 and 2732, 8Gb Fibre Channel 3720 and 3730, and 8Gb Fibre Channel/1Gb iSCSI hybrid 3920 and 3930, and 2522 and 2532 SAS attached storage arrays to its military and commercial markets for a wide range of applications including emergency response, video and broadcast, field exploration, data acquisition and other mobile data collection efforts.

"Dot Hill and Winchester Systems both share strong reputations for delivering dependable, high performance storage for rugged environments," said Joel Leider, CEO, Winchester Systems. "The vertical drive placement of the 2722 and 2522 is highly conducive to better storage densities, and improved vibration and shock characteristics, and was one of the reasons we selected Dot Hill as our go-to-market partner for this line."

"With so many years of experience in the ruggedized market, Winchester Systems' selection of the R/Evolution platform is a strong validation of Dot Hill's technology," said Andy Mills, vice president of marketing, Dot Hill. "Customers who acquire one of our 4Gb or 8Gb Fibre Channel or SAS-based solutions from Winchester Systems will benefit from the collective expertise of two major innovators in this field."

Available in a compact, 2U form factor with support for 24 2.5-inch disk drives, Dot Hill's Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel/iSCSI hybrid and SAS arrays feature intelligent, fully redundant enterprise-class controllers and a variety of drive options including SAS, SATA and SSD. Dot Hill RAID arrays are based on the highly modular, highly dynamic Dot Hill R/Evolution Architecture, which is designed to rapidly evolve and support OEM technology and enable OEMs to quickly achieve sustainable, competitive advantage in the volume storage market. The R/Evolution Architecture delivers high levels of performance, storage density, time-to-market leadership and configuration flexibility. Using modular and bladed components, the R/Evolution Architecture provides OEMs with a "configure-to-product" model supporting both product differentiation and rapid time-to-market for volume storage market solutions.

About Dot Hill

Delivering innovative technology and global support, Dot Hill empowers OEMs and resellers to bring unique storage solutions to market, quickly, easily and cost-effectively. Offering high performance and industry-leading uptime, Dot Hill's RAID technology is the foundation for best-in-class storage solutions offering enterprise-class security, availability and data protection. The company's products are in use today by the world's leading service and equipment providers, common carriers, advanced technology and telecommunications companies as well as government agencies. Dot Hill solutions are certified to meet rigorous industry standards and military specifications, as well as RoHS and WEEE international environmental standards. Headquartered in Longmont, Colo., Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, Israel, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States.

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Certain statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical fact are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding: the size and timing of orders placed by Winchester Systems; any improvement to Dot Hill's financial results due to its relationship with Winchester; and the ruggedness, benefits or performance of Dot Hill's products in any particular environment. The risks that contribute to the uncertain nature of the forward-looking statements include: that the relationship between Dot Hill and Winchester may be terminated at any time and does not require minimum purchases by Winchester; changing customer preferences in the open systems computing market; and unforeseen supply, technological, intellectual property or engineering issues. However, there are many other risks not listed here that may affect Dot Hill's business, as well as the forward-looking statements contained herein. To learn about such risks and uncertainties, you should read the risk factors set forth in the company's public filings with the SEC, including the Forms 8-K, 10-K and 10-Q most recently filed by Dot Hill. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made

  Steve Sturgeon
  Lutz PR

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CONTACT:  Steve Sturgeon of Lutz PR, +1-858-472-5669,, for Dot Hill Systems Corp.; or Ruth Macdonald, Marketing
Communications Manager of Dot Hill Systems Corp., +1-720-839-6614

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