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New SPC-1 Result Demonstrates Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Storage System Delivers Exceptional, Affordable Transaction Performance

LONGMONT, Colo., Feb. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq:HILL), a leading provider of SAN storage solutions, today announced that its AssuredSAN™ Pro 5000 Series real-time tiering solution produced 39,041.81 SPC-1 IOPS (input/output operations per second) as part of a new SPC-1 benchmark result submission to the Storage Performance Council (SPC).[1] The SPC-1 Total Price of $115,407.15, or $2.96 per SPC-1 IOP, for the benchmark configuration illustrates exceptional value for midrange customers.

The SPC is a non-profit corporation founded to define, standardize and promote storage benchmarks and to disseminate objective, verifiable storage performance data to the computer industry and its customers. The organization's strategic objectives are to empower storage vendors to build better products as well as to stimulate the IT community to more rapidly trust and deploy multi-vendor storage technology.

The SPC-1 benchmark is a true appraisal of enterprise storage performance and measures total IOPS, price-performance (cost per IOPS), and total cost of ownership (which includes three years of warranty support). The AssuredSAN Pro 5000 demonstrated the best combination of SPC-1 Price-Performance for midrange systems (priced between $30,000 and $200,000) at $2.96 per IOPS, with the lowest cost per GB at $6.48 [2], proving that a high performance tiered storage system can be cost-effective. The Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 SPC-1 Result also reported very low average latency of 6.95 milliseconds with the SPC-1 mix of 39.42% reads and 60.58% writes.

During the test performed by Dot Hill, the effect of Dot Hill's real time tiering was demonstrated as the storage array autonomically adapted to the SPC-1's dynamic workload: there was an 85% increase in performance when comparing the reported performance (21,134.27 SPC-1 IOPS @ 73.83ms) at the start of the Ramp-Up Test Run's measurement interval to the reported performance (39,050.08 SPC-1 IOPS @ 7.32ms) of the Sustainability Test Run.

"Dot Hill is committed to leading innovation and technology in our chosen segments," said Ken Day, vice president of engineering, Dot Hill. "We designed the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series with real-time tiering to fully exploit the performance benefits of SSD drives, while storing less frequently accessed data on more cost-effective hard disk drives. Equipped with Dot Hill RealStor™ software for all configurations, the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series achieved exceptional performance on the SPC-1 benchmark, by prioritizing data files, volumes or blocks between storage tiers using built-in analysis and data scoring."

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