Telecommunications Innovators Adopt Dot Hill Real-Time Tiering Storage Solutions

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LONGMONT, Colo., May 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq:HILL), a trusted supplier of innovative enterprise and carrier-class storage systems, today announced it has developed a joint solution with Infinite Convergence Solutions, a next-generation wireless messaging and mobility solutions provider for carriers and enterprises. The joint solution, which integrates Dot Hill's AssuredSAN™ Pro 5000 real-time tiering storage with Infinite Convergence's Message Storage Application (MSA), allows major mobile operators to develop applications for users who want to access their messages anytime, anywhere, and across all devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, and laptops.

For more than 20 years, Dot Hill has been developing storage solutions for telecommunications customers such as Infinite Convergence, Motorola, Samsung, Tektronix and others. Dot Hill NEBS Level 3, carrier-grade solutions deliver proven 99.999 percent availability. The company's reference platform for mobile messaging provides a way for mobile operators to incorporate Dot Hill storage into carrier-grade mobile messaging and cloud applications. The company has validated the use of the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 as a high-performance metadata store for these demanding messaging applications, where customers demand instant access to vast amounts of daily text, voice, images, and video messages. The AssuredSAN Pro 5000 is able to autonomically identify and stage "hot data" to the SSD tier for greater I/O performance for random data lookups.

Enhancing its messaging portfolio, Infinite Convergence launched the first messaging storage solution of its kind, PMC MSA, in February 2014, using proven technology previously deployed for a North American Tier 1 carrier. With PMC MSA, mobile operators offer subscribers a carrier-grade, unified messaging experience across platforms and devices, including tablets, laptops and mobile phones. PMC MSA's multi-device synchronization enables subscribers to start a conversation on one device and seamlessly move to another. To deploy this product, Infinite Convergence needed a storage solution designed for speed, data protection, reliability, availability, scalability and manageability. After evaluating several options, Infinite Convergence chose the Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 storage solution.

"Infinite Convergence is focused on serving the telecommunications market with cloud solutions for 'everywhere' applications," said Garrett Wein, vice president of worldwide OEM sales, Dot Hill. "Solutions such as the Infinite MSA really capitalize on the performance advantages of the Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000's unique real-time tiering architecture. With this latest joint solution, Dot Hill continues to gain traction in the telecommunications market."

"The Infinite Convergence MSA solution enables carriers to offer an innovative service that allows for differentiation in the mobility market place. It allows increased functionality while encouraging customer loyalty, resulting in an increase in both average revenue per user and average revenue per account," said John Puma, vice president of Infinite Convergence. "The Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 provides a number of highly synergistic features including an easy-to-use interface, the ability to mix different hard disk drives and SSDs, and real-time autonomic tiering for dynamic workloads."

Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000—the Preferred Solution for Messaging Metadata Stores

The Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 real-time autonomic tiering storage solution provides unmatched advantages for telecommunications customers. Using sophisticated algorithms, the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 with RealStor™ software automates the placement of data in each tier to optimize performance. The most frequently accessed blocks of "hot" data are stored in the highest tier of SSD storage, providing extremely fast read-access. The lower tier uses 10K SAS drives to provide high capacity and value for "cold" data that is accessed less frequently.

Dot Hill's RealStor™ software identifies hot data blocks and migrates them to the SSD tier in real time. This is ideal for messages and message metadata that are relevant for a short period of time. Sequential workloads remain on the lower SAS tiers for improved performance. In addition, the system is designed to handle many sequential operations simultaneously. These features are ideal for concurrently handling the intensive, sequential write operations from multiple nodes running on the open-source Cassandra database, which is widely used in the telecommunications industry.

Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 storage solutions deliver exceptional scalability, high data availability and other features that meet the stringent demands of the telecommunications industry. While Cassandra is designed to allow for node failure or maintenance activities, the inclusion of RAID protection allows for simplified management of the components that are most prone to failure. Dot Hill's AssuredSAN JBOD expansion chassis allows solution providers to dynamically add more storage capacity without impacting the operation of the compute nodes. Dot Hill Volume Thin Provisioning eliminates guesswork from determining which node needs the most capacity; each volume takes only what it needs from the array.

Dot Hill and Infinite Convergence recently published a solutions brief outlining attributes of the companies' joint solution. For more details, click here.

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Steve Sturgeon
Lutz PR (for Dot Hill Systems)

Ruth Macdonald
Dot Hill Systems

Christine Curtin
Walker Sands Communications (for Infinite Convergence)

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