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Dot Hill's Brad Painter Recognized for Second Consecutive Year as One of UBM Tech Channel's CRN Channel Chiefs

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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.

Dot Hill's channel program offers a compelling value proposition to both North American and European partners. Through the Connections Partner Program, resellers can access deal registration, event marketing support, and lead generation programs. Partners and customers can also take advantage of equipment programs like Dot Hill's Try & Buy, Evaluation, and Demo programs which quickly bring storage solutions into customers' hands where they can experience Dot Hill's intuitive user interface and performance in real world environments.

"The 2013 Channel Chiefs list recognizes vendor executives dedicated to driving channel programs in the IT marketplace," said Kelley Damore, senior vice president, editorial director, CRN. "Our annual Channel Chiefs issue is a must-read for IT solution providers evaluating new vendors or looking to expand solution offerings. These are the people, the products and the programs that any savvy solution provider needs to know. We congratulate this year's Channel Chiefs for their stellar record of business innovation and applaud them for their continued dedication to the partner community."

For more than ten years, Channel Chiefs have been selected by the CRN editorial team based on channel experience, program innovations, channel-driven revenue, and public support for the importance of IT Channel Sales. The 2013 Channel Chiefs list is featured in the 2/25/13 issue of CRN Magazine and will be featured online at www.crn.com.

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.

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Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts 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 from those expressed or implied by the statements. For a discussion of risks and uncertainties that Dot Hill may face, please consult the Forms 10-K and 10-Q most recently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Dot Hill. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made and Dot Hill undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect changes in circumstances. UBM Tech Channel and CRN are independent of Dot Hill, and Dot Hill is not responsible for any statements made by such entities.

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CONTACT: Steve Sturgeon Lutz PR (for Dot Hill Systems) 858-472-5669 steve@lutzpr.com Company Contact: Ruth Macdonald Dot Hill Systems 303-845-3364 ruth.macdonald@dothill.com

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