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Independent Analysis Shows Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series With Real-Time Tiering Tackles Storage Demands For Virtualized Workloads And Exchange Servers

LONGMONT, Colo., Oct. 22, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq:HILL), a leading provider of SAN storage solutions, today announced that industry analyst firm Evaluator Group has published three papers that document the effectiveness of implementing the Dot Hill AssuredSAN™ Pro 5000 Series midrange storage solution, citing its business impact as well as its specific value proposition for Exchange and virtual server environments.

"Mid-sized enterprise administrators are becoming IT generalists faced with the challenge of performing multiple job functions. While they have a great deal of knowledge about their environment and application requirements, these administrators do not have sufficient time to monitor and tune individual applications, or the underlying infrastructure," said Russ Fellows, senior partner, Evaluator Group. "Dot Hill's AssuredSAN Pro 5000 has a number of capabilities that are designed to enhance business operations in mid-sized enterprises. The RealPool™ and RealThin™ features can help address administration time spent setting up and allocating storage capacity. Reducing administration overhead is also a direct result of Dot Hill's RealTier™, eliminating the need to move data to optimize performance."

The Business Value of the Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series

In Evaluator Group's, " The Business Impact of New Storage Architecture," Fellows said that the Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series' pricing model, which includes RealStor™ software at a single price point regardless of the capacity or configurations, contributes to a low and declining total cost of ownership (TCO) as the capacity increases. Fellows noted that a system running multiple applications will see performance improvements through the use of real-time tiering, thin provisioning and fast rebuilds. "With the reliability Dot Hill has developed over the course of three decades, the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 is a strong addition to virtualized application environments," concluded Fellows.

Designed for Virtualized Workloads

In the Evaluator Group Technology Insight Paper, " Storage for Virtualized Workloads," also authored by Fellows, he characterized the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series as part of a new class of storage systems designed specifically to support applications running on virtual servers.

To achieve business efficiency and performance objectives, many of the most critical storage features must be designed into systems, not added as an afterthought to decade-old designs, says Fellows. Dot Hill's Pro 5000 systems are designed for virtualization, with wide striping, pooling and fast healing designed in. The addition of critical VMware API's for Array Integration (VAAI) and Site Recovery Adapter (SRA) capabilities enable IT generalists to efficiently support requisite system performance and reliability.

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