Dot Hill Teams with Scientific Digital Business

New Distributor Expands Presence in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand

Carlsbad, California, UNITED STATES


CARLSBAD, Calif., Feb. 7, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Dot Hill Systems Corp. (NYSE:HIL) today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Scientific Digital Business Pte Ltd (SDB) of Singapore, a leading mass storage and imaging product distributor in Southeast Asia. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) IT market is expected to grow by 13 percent in 2002 according to industry analyst firm IDC. The agreement enables SDB's regional offices, value-added resellers, and systems integrators to distribute Dot Hill's carrier-class data storage systems and storage networking solutions throughout the region.

"We are very pleased to be working with Dot Hill to distribute its reliable, flexible SANnet(r) and Axis product lines," said Wilson Chia, managing director of SDB Group. "Dot Hill's versatile storage networking products offer our resellers' customers many options. SANnet systems are an excellent fit with our existing storage solutions, and we look forward to introducing Dot Hill to our resellers."

Based in Singapore, Dot Hill's Michael Le, senior director sales and marketing for Asia Pacific, will work with SDB on a variety of promotional activities including reseller conferences, training, end-user seminars and trade shows in the region.

"We selected SDB because they understand storage networking and have proven to be a successful distributor. They have been in business since 1989 and distribute complementary products from JNI, Gadzoox, Bakbone and StorageTek," said Paul Makhail, Dot Hill's vice president Asia Pacific. "Their experienced product management team has implemented storage area networks and realizes the benefits Dot Hill's SANnet and Axis bring to storage infrastructure. We look forward to working with SDB offices in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand to promote Dot Hill's storage solutions."

SANnet, Dot Hill's family of storage systems, comprises mix-and-match components that can be customized by interface, capacity requirements, type of RAID protection, and level of fault-tolerance. Test results show that SANnet storage systems deliver 99.9998-plus percent uptime, that's just 45 seconds unplanned downtime per year -- leading the industry in reliability, availability and survivability. Axis is Dot Hill's family of storage managers that add intelligence to existing storage and networking infrastructures.

About Dot Hill

Dot Hill is a leading independent provider of carrier-class data storage solutions and services. With SANnet solutions that include storage area networks, NEBS Level 3 certified systems for Telco and Internet operations, and world-class service capabilities, Dot Hill is uniquely positioned to address the storage requirements of mission-critical continuous computing environments. Dot Hill's customers include many of the world's leading Internet service providers, common carriers, service and equipment providers, advanced technology and telecommunications companies, and government agencies. Dot Hill is an ISO 9002 certified company, and its web site is www.dothill.com.

About Scientific Digital Business

Scientific Digital Business (SDB) Group, headquartered in Singapore, is a leading mass storage, document imaging and printing systems value added distributor. SDB Group is positioned as a leader serving value added resellers (VARs) and system integrators (SIs). In each of its businesses, the company transforms information through software and services, helping its customers operate more effectively and efficiently.

With offices in ASEAN, Hong Kong and India, the company represents the broadest line of premium brands for SAN, electronic data management (EDM) and printing systems infrastructure components and devices in the industry for solution deliverables. We deliver a full range of Fibre Channel switches, access hubs, host bus adapters, SAN devices and peripherals, and premium SAN management software solutions. We also distribute network attached storage (NAS) appliances. In the EDM arena, the company represents "Top-of-Breed" hardware and software products for data capturing, storage and retrieval applications. With our printing systems, we are able to digitally manage documents and achieve immediate, universal access to information from entry level to enterprise-wide level. SDB's web site is www.sdbgroup.com.

SANnet and the Dot Hill logo are registered trademarks and Dot Hill is a trademark of Dot Hill Systems Corp. All other products and names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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 such forward-looking statements. Such statements include the future availability of SANnet and Axis, the amount of revenue to be realized by Dot Hill due to its alliance with Scientific Digital Business (SDB) and the size of the ASEAN IT Market in 2002. The risks that contribute to the uncertain nature of the forward-looking statements include: the terms of the relationship with SDB which do not provide for any minimum purchase amount and any unforeseen technological, intellectual property or engineering issues and changing customer preferences. However, there are many other risks not listed here that may affect the future business of Dot Hill, 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 forms 10K and 10Q 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. Dot Hill undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made. Further, Dot Hill takes no responsibility for information published by independent entities such as IDC, over which Dot Hill has no control.



        

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