Dot Hill and Wortmann AG Announce OEM Agreement

European hardware vendor to integrate Dot Hill next generation storage systems within their Terra® IT solutions portfolio

Dec 08, 2010, 08:55 ET from Dot Hill Systems Corp.

MUNICH, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq: HILL), a leading provider of Unified Virtual Storage and SAN storage solutions, today announced a new OEM agreement with Wortmann AG, a Germany-based IT solutions provider specializing in small to medium business and home user markets through the European distribution channel.

Wortmann's success is founded on the evaluation, development and integration of cost effective IT solutions covering mobile, desktop, server, storage and display technologies through their long established Terra® brand portfolio. With more than 24 years of experience, Wortmann is one of the leading IT companies in Germany with subsidiaries in Austria, Switzerland, France, Netherlands and Asia.

Under the terms of the agreement, Wortmann will use Dot Hill solutions to develop their Terra IT solution portfolio and greatly expand the range of storage solutions available to their customers. The partnership will also allow Wortmann to develop tightly integrated storage solutions for the modular (sollte Modular- Heissen) server market through Dot Hill's SAS host interface external RAID platforms, which have been processed through Intel's HCL program.

"Dot Hill is well established as a leading manufacturer in the storage industry and their RAID technology has been proven by many of today's leading storage vendors. Our customers rely on us to supply the utmost in quality with leading price-performance and we are confident that the Dot Hill partnership will allow us to continue our storage market penetration on this basis," said Robin Wittland, member of the supervisory board at Wortmann AG.

"Wortmann has a very impressive range and impeccable reputation within the industry through their Terra brand of IT solutions. We are very excited about this opportunity to assist Wortmann in delivering the very latest storage technologies to their customers," said Garrett Wein, vice president of worldwide OEM sales, Dot Hill Systems.

Dot Hill 3000 Series providing competitive advantage for OEMs

At the heart of the new agreement is the Dot Hill AssuredSAN 3000 Series, a range of feature-rich, entry level storage solutions that rival more costly midrange products and enable OEMs such as Wortmann to provide small-to-medium businesses and data centre managers with access to cost-effective and energy-efficient storage options that previously may have been beyond the scope of their budgets. The 3000 Series also includes robust volume copy, snapshot and remote replication software as standard, making affordable, comprehensive disaster recovery solutions available to the entry level space.

The 3000 Series features the very latest storage networking technologies such as 8Gb Fibre Channel and more recently 10Gb iSCSI which opens the door to Fibre Channel levels of SAN performance for small to medium sized business based on standard Ethernet networking technology. Additionally, the 3000 Series also features Dot Hill's patented EcoStor™ "green" battery-free alternative for cache memory, which leverages a combination of super capacitors and flash memory that outlasts traditional batteries nearly fivefold. Business benefits include lower maintenance and disposal costs and reduced server and application down time due to scheduled battery replacement and maintenance.

About Dot Hill

Leveraging its proprietary Assured family of storage solutions, Dot Hill solves many of today's most challenging storage problems – helping IT to improve performance, increase availability, simplify operations, and reduce costs. Dot Hill's solutions combine breakthrough virtualization software with the industry's most flexible and extensive hardware platform and automated management to deliver best-in-class unified virtual storage and SAN solutions. Headquartered in Longmont, Colo., Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Singapore, the 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 Wortmann; any improvement to Dot Hill's financial results due to its relationship with Wortmann and; the benefits and performance of Dot Hill products, including the new 3000 Series, 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 Wortmann may terminate at any time and does not require minimum purchases; changing customer preferences in the open systems computing market; and unforeseen supply, technological, intellectual property or engineering issues. Plus, 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.

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