Dot Hill Expands Distribution of Storage Solutions in Southeast Asia and Signs Agreement With Virtual NetComm

Selected for Reliability and Performance, Dot Hill 2000 and 3000 Series Storage Arrays will be Marketed as Part of Virtual NetComm's IT Security, Video Conferencing and Networking Solutions

Jul 12, 2010, 08:55 ET from Dot Hill Systems

LONGMONT, Colo., July 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Demonstrating continued acceptance of its R/Evolution™ (Rapid Evolution) storage platform, 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 a new distribution agreement with Virtual NetComm, a key value-added distributor of information security, network, storage and virtualization products in India and Southeast Asia. Under the terms of the agreement, Virtual NetComm will sell a variety of Dot Hill storage solutions, including Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and hybrid interface arrays from Dot Hill 2000 and 3000 series product lines.

Based in Ahmedabad, India, Virtual NetComm, the flagship company of Virtual Group, offers best-in-class solutions with a specific focus on IT security, WAN optimization, application delivery controllers, video conferencing and networking solutions. With a network of sales and support offices in India, South East Asia, U.K. and Dubai, Virtual NetComm provides system integrators, solution providers and channel partners with a carefully chosen suite of complementary solutions from world-class vendors such as Dot Hill. Virtual NetComm enables partners to service end-users through pre-sales consulting, solution building, logistics and deliveries, 24x7 post-sales support, on-site support, training and marketing campaigns.

"With an impeccable reputation for highly reliable, high-performance storage for the SMB market, and exemplary service and support, Dot Hill was the natural choice for our go-to-market partner in storage array solutions," said Sam Chng, Executive Director for Virtual NetComm SE Asia. "With the introduction of 8Gb Fibre Channel, dual-interface Fibre Channel/iSCSI offerings and a robust suite of disaster recovery applications, Dot Hill provides all the key critical technology elements we require."

"Our agreement with Virtual NetComm expands our global footprint in India and Southeast Asia," said Jim Jonez, senior director of marketing, Dot Hill Systems. "With first-rate customer support and proven logistics capabilities, we expect Virtual NetComm, with its broad range of customers, will be a valuable ally in extending the Dot Hill brand."

Dot Hill's R/Evolution architecture is designed to enable OEM and channel partners to cater to SMB customers through rapidly customizable storage solutions to meet varying performance, capacity, and other specific business requirements. Dot Hill's family of R/Evolution products includes the next-generation 3000 Series of RAID arrays which offers support for 8Gb Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs), dual interface 8Gb Fibre Channel/1Gb iSCSI and 6Gb JBODs, along with optional Dot Hill AssuredRemote™ data management software for remote replication. Advanced data management such as AssuredCopy™, Dot Hill's volume copy technology, enabling the creation of independent data volume copies for additional data protection, and Dot Hill's AssuredSnap™ snapshot capability for improved data availability and business continuity, allow companies to reduce the burden of meeting modern data retention policies.

The 3000 Series, offering next generation 8Gb fibre channel for faster data access, builds on the solid legacy of the modular 2000 Series which offers 4Gb Fibre Channel, 1Gb iSCSI, 3Gb SAS and 3Gb JBOD connectivity in addition to a number of firsts-to-market, including the first 2.5-inch RAID arrays to the entry-level market. Energy-saving features include Dot Hill's patented EcoStor™ "green" battery-free alternative for cache memory, drive spin-down and DC power options. Dot Hill storage solutions scale to support up to 144 SAS, near-line SAS, SSD and SATA disk drives, totaling up to 192 terabytes of capacity based on today's 2 TB disk drive capacities, and feature a 2U 12 or 24-drive rack-mount footprint.

About Dot Hill

Offering enterprise-class security, availability and data protection, Dot Hill provides responsive and adaptive storage solutions to meet 24/7/365 business demands. With Dot Hill, businesses can proactively safeguard and manage business data, and leverage operational efficiencies to save time, effort and expense today, while meeting the evolving business needs of tomorrow, strategically and cost effectively. Headquartered in Longmont, Colo., Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Singapore, United Kingdom, and the United States.

For more information, visit us at www.dothill.com.

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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 Virtual NetComm; the size and importance of the Southeast Asian and Indian markets for storage solutions, as well as Dot Hill's ability to compete in those markets; any improvement to Dot Hill's financial results due to its relationship with Virtual NetComm; the popularity of Dot Hill's 2000 and 3000 Series product lines; 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 Virtual NetComm may be terminated 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. 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.

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