Dot Hill Launches 'Wicked Fast' AssuredSAN 4000 Series Storage Solution

LONGMONT, Colo., Aug. 22, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq:HILL), a leading provider of SAN storage solutions, today introduced its AssuredSAN™ 4000 Series next-generation, high performance storage solution designed to deliver best-in-class price performance, 99.999 percent availability, and exceptional streaming throughput.
AssuredSAN 4000
The AssuredSAN 4000 Series provides superior streaming performance for bandwidth-intensive applications, such as telecommunications, HPC, video editing, cloud and more.

A photo accompanying this release is available at Sharing the same powerful new architecture as Dot Hill's AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series midrange system also introduced today (See Dot Hill Presents Intelligent, Autonomic, Real-Time Tiered Storage for Midrange Customers), the AssuredSAN 4000 Series provides superior streaming performance for bandwidth-intensive applications.

The AssuredSAN 4000 Series sets a new Dot Hill performance standard—delivering up to 5200 MB/s of sustained sequential read throughput, a 2.5 times increase over the previous generation AssuredSAN 3000, and up to 3000 MB/s of sustained sequential write performance, making it ideal for customers in the Media & Entertainment (M&E), Telecommunications, and High Performance Computing (HPC) markets. The 4000 Series delivers this performance at price points that are up to 30% lower than competitive offerings—24 terabytes of storage with up to 5200 MB/s sustained sequential read throughput for under $30,000.

For demanding transaction oriented applications, such as cloud storage and business analytics, the AssuredSAN 4000 Series delivers an impressive 100,000 IOPS sustained from disk for fast access to database and structured data content, and up to 650,000 IOPS from cache.

"Video post-production editors today are managing vast amounts of simultaneously streaming rich media content in a variety of high resolution formats—HD, 2K, 4K and 3D. They expect high megabytes-per-second throughput and they simply can't tolerate dropped frames," said Dana Kammersgard, president and CEO at Dot Hill. "Similarly, HPC and telecommunications customers need storage to perform with low latency and high bandwidth for demanding data capture and analysis requirements. We designed the AssuredSAN 4000 Series to deliver 'wicked fast' performance to meet the stringent requirements of these customers and increase our penetration in these key markets, as well as Big Data and cloud-based storage."

"Our broadcast and media customers demand reliable uptime, consistent performance characteristics, and flexibility to support a broad range of demanding operational workflows," said Paul Eisner, vice president, Harris Broadcast Communications. "The AssuredSAN 4000 provides a rock-solid hardware foundation for our own patented software to deliver leading, scalable online storage with Harris' NEXIO Farad solution."

With more than 500,000 units shipped, Dot Hill is enhancing its strong global footprint in the lower midrange storage space with the AssuredSAN 4000 Series. According to IDC market sizing data, the AssuredSAN 4000 Series is categorized under Price Band 4, which expands Dot Hill's potential Total Addressable Market (TAM). Combined with the company's focus on the midrange market (Price Band 5) with the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series, Dot Hill is more than doubling its TAM for 2013 from $4.0 billion (Tier 2 and Tier 3) to nearly $10.6 billion (Tiers 2-5).

The AssuredSAN 4000 Series scales up to 192 drives and allows customers to freely mix drive types, including HDD and SSD, for the most effective allocation of storage resources, based on capacity and performance needs.

Designed to integrate seamlessly with virtualization applications such as VMware®, Citrix® XenApp™ and Microsoft® Hyper-V®, the AssuredSAN 4000 Series provides OEMs, authorized channel partners and end-user customers with blazing speed. With full support for Windows, OS X and Linux environments, Dot Hill AssuredSAN solutions are ideal to support workflows using Apple Final Cut Pro, Autodesk Flame and Autodesk Flame Premium software, or any application that demands extreme video streaming performance and proven reliability.

As with all Dot Hill AssuredSAN storage systems, the AssuredSAN 4000 Series features energy-saving drive spin-down and patented technologies such as Dot Hill's SimulCache™ and EcoStor™ to help customers meet a growing set of environmental concerns. Dot Hill's EcoStor battery-free alternative for cache memory leverages a combination of super capacitors and flash memory that outlasts traditional batteries nearly fivefold. Benefits include lower maintenance and disposal costs and reduced server and application down-time due to scheduled battery replacement and maintenance.

Dot Hill's SimulCache technology leverages redundant RAID controllers, thus eliminating the performance degradation associated with conventional cache mirroring. The implementation of a high-speed dedicated PCI-Express bus streamlines write performance resulting in superior overall system responsiveness, driving faster application throughput. Dual-redundant RAID controllers, dual power supplies and dual fans bring uptime figures to 99.999 percent availability, so customers don't experience downtime or data loss.

Dot Hill storage solutions feature NEBS Level 3 and MIL STD 810F/G compliance and certifications to meet the most rugged requirements. The company's storage arrays are used extensively for ground stations, deployable command centers, and video archives where scalability, reliability, and redundancy are essential.

As with all Dot Hill AssuredSAN arrays, the AssuredSAN 4000 Series is easy to configure and manage via the RAIDar 2.0 intuitive web based interface which provides storage setup and monitoring without the need for host-based software. AssuredSAN users gain configuration and installation efficiencies via wizards and schedulers for snapshots and replication.


With four ports per controller for a total of eight ports per system, the Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4000 Series is available in a variety of configurations for 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives including:
  • 4724 and 4734 with 8Gb Fibre Channel controllers
  • 4524 and 4534 with SAS controllers
  • 4120/4130 compatible expansion units

A Fibre Channel solution with 12 2 TB drives is expected to start at under $30,000. The 4000 Series is expected to ship by the end of September 2012.

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 software with the industry's most flexible and extensive hardware platform and automated management to deliver best-in-class solutions. Headquartered in Longmont, Colo., Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Dot Hill, AssuredSAN, AssuredSAN 4000, AssuredSAN Pro 5000, SimulCache and EcoStor are the trademarks of Dot Hill Systems Corp. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. 

Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts 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 from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. Such statements include those regarding: improvement of Dot Hill's financial results due to the launch of new products; the performance or benefits of products in any particular environment; the actual size of the market for products; and the actual date of a product's availability.  The risks that contribute to the uncertain nature of the forward-looking statements include, among other things: the limited experience that Dot Hill has with new products; that Dot Hill contracts do not have mandatory minimum purchase requirements; changing customer preferences; unforeseen technological, intellectual property, personnel or engineering issues; and the additional risks set forth in the Forms 10-K and 10-Q most recently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Dot Hill. Forward-looking statements speak only of circumstances as of the date they were made and Dot Hill undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect circumstances that exist after that date.  Harris Broadcast Communications is independent of Dot Hill, and Dot Hill takes no responsibility with respect to the accuracy of statements made by Harris. 

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