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Dot Hill High Performance Storage Systems Allow Caltech to Study Carbon Dioxide From Space Through NASA's OCO-2 Project

LONGMONT, Colo., March 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dot Hill Systems Corp.(Nasdaq:HILL), a trusted supplier of innovative enterprise-class storage systems, today announced that the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has implemented Dot Hill AssuredSAN® storage systems to manage data acquired by the Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON) and the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2, NASA's first dedicated Earth remote sensing satellite to study atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) from space. Until now, no organization has been able to acquire this valuable data.

According to a recent Scientific American article, about 40 billion tons of CO2 are released into the atmosphere every year as a result of human activities—around 5.5 tons per person on Earth. Based on this figure, scientists have estimated that the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere should be increasing by about one percent a year, but it's only increasing at half that rate, which begs the question—where is the rest of the CO2 going? NASA's OCO-2 project, in collaboration with Caltech's TCCON project, tries to answer that question by combing space-based and ground-based global measurements of atmospheric CO2 with the precision, resolution, and coverage needed to characterize sources and sinks on regional scales. OCO-2 will also be able to quantify CO2 variability over the seasonal cycles year after year.

To effectively manage the large volumes of data cultivated from TCCON and process OCO-2 data, Caltech worked with Partners Data Systems to implement a Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4834 Fibre Channel storage system, directly attached to four file servers running GlusterFS, a scale-out network-attached storage file system. Caltech is managing 60TB of data and can expand to 150TB with its current investment. Although capacity was an important consideration, storage controller performance was the primary reason Caltech selected Dot Hill.

"We are currently storing over 66 million files, and our researchers and outside collaborators need to be able to access that data as quickly as possible, even when administrative jobs such as backup and data assurance are running," said Scott Dungan, senior systems administrator, Geological and Planetary Sciences, Caltech. "When I started to compare performance of storage controllers, Dot Hill was head and shoulders above the rest. Partners Data provided the individual attention our department needed and Dot Hill really came through to support the project. Our storage infrastructure will serve us well for at least the next five years, allowing us to measure the changes in atmospheric abundance of CO2 in time and at TCCON stations around the world, from which we can calculate CO2 emissions. We hope to determine where the CO2 is being emitted, what is absorbing it, and at what rate. None of this has ever really been studied before with this level of precision."

"Caltech's selection of the AssuredSAN 4834, is testimony to the exceptional performance that our 4004 storage controller delivers," said Jim Jonez, vice president of marketing, Dot Hill Systems. "All Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4004 systems are engineered to deliver exceptional functionality, reliability and performance. By working closely with go-to-market partners such as Partners Data Systems, we are able to put Dot Hill technology in the hands of organizations like Caltech who can make an impact on the future of the planet."

About Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4000 Series

Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4004 storage arrays can scale to more than a petabyte of storage with additional expansion arrays. The dual redundant design eliminates "single points-of-failure," which can disrupt business operations. With demonstrated 99.999 percent availability, the AssuredSAN 4004 family of arrays has dual active-active controllers for higher performance and failover, hot swappable drives, dual power supplies and fans.

The AssuredSAN 4000 Series is also available with Dot Hill's RealStor™ version 2.0 application workload-aware intelligence software, which maximizes performance and simplifies management of hybrid storage arrays. Other flash-based storage solutions cannot adequately address the constantly changing data challenges faced by organizations today. Featuring multiple patent-pending technologies, the Dot Hill AssuredSAN next-generation solution with RealStor 2.0 raises the bar on hybrid array capability and stands alone in its ability to deliver high performance and optimal real-time data placement, while maintaining ease-of-use and best-in-class affordability and density. Compatible with Dot Hill's high-density chassis counterparts, including Ultra56 and Ultra48, Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4004 storage solutions offer the highest storage networking bandwidth available, enabling organizations to do more business with less capital infrastructure – thereby increasing competitive advantage through continuous system innovation and improvement.

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.

For more information, visit us at www.dothill.com.

About Partners Data Systems

Founded in 1991, San Diego, California based Partners Data Systems specializes in high availability systems, storage and backup automation solutions, including those powered by Dot Hill. For over 20 years PDS has worked with Academic, Medium/Large Commercial and Government clients creating superior solutions to difficult IT challenges. Visit www.partnersdata.com to learn more.

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