LONGMONT, Colo., Feb. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq:HILL), a leading provider of SAN storage solutions, today announced that its Vice President of Channel Sales, Brad Painter, has been named one of UBM Tech Channel's CRN 2013 Channel Chiefs for the second consecutive year. This prestigious list of the most influential and powerful leaders in the IT channel recognizes those executives directly responsible for driving channel sales and growth within their respective organizations, while evangelizing and defending the importance of the channel throughout the entire IT industry. Under Painter's leadership in 2012, the company revamped the Dot Hill Connections channel program, expanding resources for channel marketing and lead generation to better support Dot Hill's growing reseller base. Painter successfully expanded the company's roster of channel partners with new resellers experienced in key areas such as storage virtualization and the media & entertainment industry. This recruitment effort complemented Dot Hill's expanded product offerings including the new "seriously smart" AssuredSAN™ Pro 5000 Series real-time tiered storage solutions for midrange customers and the "wicked-fast" next-generation AssuredSAN 4000 Series. "Offering the ability to integrate hardware and software go-to-market solutions based on AssuredSAN technology, Dot Hill channel partners play a vital role in our ability to address the full range of storage requirements within these targeted markets," said Painter. "Some of the attractive features of the Dot Hill partner program are our focused approach, our 100% channel model, and our broadened range of storage solutions." In August 2012, Dot Hill rolled out the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series through fully trained and authorized Dot Hill Connections channel partners who offer organizations complete, turnkey solutions. The move was designed to broaden the reach of Dot Hill and its channel partners into the fast-growing midrange storage market, while advancing the momentum of the AssuredSAN brand in key vertical markets. Dot Hill has been working closely with channel partners to reach midsized businesses who require storage with world-class reliability and demonstrated 99.999 percent availability for applications such as server virtualization, database applications, and MS Exchange.