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Dot Hill Awarded 5-Star Partner Rating in CRN Partner Program Guide for Fourth Consecutive Year

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LONGMONT, Colo., March 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq:HILL), a leading provider of SAN storage solutions, today announced it has been named to UBM Tech Channel's CRN 2013 Partner Program Guide, and awarded a 5-Star Partner rating for the fourth consecutive year.

The CRN Partner Program Guide lists manufacturers and software publishers that service solution providers or provide products to the IT Channel. CRN remains the market leader in Channel news, delivering intelligence, actionable advice and forward-thinking business strategy to the North American IT channel.

The guide recognizes those vendors who have channel programs and derive a portion of their sales through the indirect IT Channel. The 5-Star Partner Program rating recognizes an elite subset of Partner Program Guide vendors who give solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.

The list methodology is based on objective criteria that takes into account each vendor's investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support and communication. Vendors are assessed using information provided in their completed applications.

"Our channel partners have been vital to the continued success of the AssuredSAN™ brand, which has become synonymous with reliable, quality storage solutions," said Brad Painter, vice president of channel sales, Dot Hill. "With the ability to market complete, integrated solutions, Dot Hill Connections partners continue to work with us on new ways to expand our vertical markets. Qualified Dot Hill resellers are a key component in our strategy to establish a presence this year in the midrange market with our unique, new AssuredSAN Pro 5000 real-time storage tiering solutions."

This past year, 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. Dot Hill 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.

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 Microsoft 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 companies listed in CRN's 2013 Partner Program Guide represent a comprehensive list of the best channel programs in the market today," said Kelley Damore, senior vice president and editorial director, for UBM Tech Channel's CRN. "The 5-star award is reserved for vendors that understand that a successful partnership does not rely solely on the technology. By offering their partners tools, education and regular updates, vendors on this list go above and beyond traditional support to ensure a mutually beneficial partnership."

The 2013 Partner Program Guide will be featured on CRN.com and the 5-Star Partners listing will be highlighted in the March 2013 issue of CRN.

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.

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About UBM Tech Channel

UBM Tech Channel, a UBM company, is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With over 30 years of experience and engagement, UBM Tech Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. To learn more about UBM Tech Channel, visit: www.ubmchannel.com.

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. CRN is independent of Dot Hill, and Dot Hill is not responsible for any statements or findings made by CRN.

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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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