Graphic Systems Group Selects Dot Hill AssuredSAN Storage to Drive Higher Productivity, Secure Creative Assets and Support Offsite Data Replication

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LONGMONT, Colo., July 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq:HILL), a trusted supplier of innovative enterprise-class storage systems, today announced that Graphics Systems Group (GSG), one of New York City's premier creative production agencies, has selected Dot Hill AssuredSAN® storage arrays to support its day-to-day computing, secure its creative assets, support offsite replication, and ensure critical network uptime.

GSG develops and executes creative marketing materials for some of today's biggest brands. Focus areas include: advertising, retouching and computer generated imagery, retail and outdoor media campaigns, digital media, and consumer packaging.

When GSG learned its existing storage provider was eliminating support for its storage system, forcing a painful and expensive upgrade after only two years, the firm decided it was time to look at other options. Working with NAPC, a reseller that fully understands the complexities and workflow of creative environments, GSG evaluated storage solutions from EMC, NetApp, and others before selecting Dot Hill AssuredSAN storage arrays—specifically the Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4004® and 3000 models.

"It was amazing how quickly our data was migrated from our servers to the new SAN in only a two-week deployment timeframe," said Gregory Floro, director of Information Technology for GSG. "Unlike our previous storage system, we didn't experience a negative production impact. Also the ability to quickly add new storage and easily upgrade controllers to leverage new storage interfaces as needed is a huge win for us and greatly increases the lifespan of the hardware. The service and support from Dot Hill and NAPC has been excellent."

"This is another example of Dot Hill AssuredSAN storage solutions addressing the requirements of high bandwidth applications across the workflow spectrum—from content creation and editing to secure storage and replication—more effectively than the competition. Predictable high performance and assured business continuity translate directly into higher productivity and cost savings in creative agencies today," said Joe Swanson, vice president of marketing and business development, Dot Hill. "In addition, the AssuredSAN 4004's multiple connection speed options, modular components and swappable controllers will ensure continued productivity gains in the future at GSG. Upgrades will be easy and inexpensive as their storage capacity and performance needs grow."

The Dot Hill Professional Services team, in conjunction with NAPC implemented an efficient two-week deployment process, which incorporated a complete migration of all data to the new array. With the new 196TB solution up and running, GSG immediately began to reap myriad benefits, including a doubling of the performance of its previous system and improved responsiveness, as well as newfound simplicity and ease-of-use.

Dot Hill has extensive experience helping clients in the media & entertainment sector, and its storage solutions, particularly the AssuredSAN 4004 with its class-leading bandwidth of 6400 megabytes-per-second reads and 5300 megabyte-per-second writes, are ideal to meet the rigors of creative workflows where multiple servers are utilized by creative artists on a SAN to repeatedly access, edit and store potentially millions of assets. The AssuredSAN 4000 Series utilizes Dot Hill's proprietary, multi-stream processing algorithms to deliver optimized, random sequential I/O, resulting in predictable performance to and from numerous streams of access points for these demanding, media applications.

The easy-to-configure network interface capability of the AssuredSAN 4004 allows GSG to leverage both Fibre Channel and iSCSI protocols in a single system, and the superior bandwidth provides consistent performance support for GSG's Windows, Linux and Apple OSX computing environments, as well as its Xinet Digital Asset Management system.

The Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4004 also provides a complete, instantaneously available disaster recovery solution that proved much more efficient and reliable than GSG's tape-based, legacy solution. Dot Hill's disaster recovery solution, which includes AssuredSnap™, AssuredCopy™ and AssuredRemote™ data protection and replication software, provides GSG reliable and efficient business continuity, in concert with another Dot Hill AssuredSAN 3000 array for inbound replication at the company's Virginia site. Use of snapshotting in both locations reduced the need for GSG's previous tape library and the associated manual user intervention and risk of using tape as a recovery medium.

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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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