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These excerpts taken from the HILL 10-K filed Mar 10, 2009.

Our Products

We design our family of open systems storage hardware and software products with the reliability, flexibility and performance necessary to meet IT managers’ needs for easily scalable cost effective solutions. We currently offer storage systems in FC, SCSI, iSCSI, SAS and SATA technologies with DAS and SAN configurations. We also offer enterprise class RAID software for industry standard Windows and Linux servers, as well as storage management applications, which can manage any one or all of our storage system configurations. In addition, performance enhancing and DMS software is sold bundled with our storage systems or licensed separately to OEM customers, including AssuredSnap and AssuredCopy.

All of our current SANnet II and 5730 products are NEBS Level 3 certified and meet carrier class standards for telecommunications equipment, including storage products. There are three levels of NEBS specifications. The most rugged and reliable equipment is rated carrier-class NEBS Level 3. The NEBS standards mandate a battery of tests designed to simulate the extreme conditions resulting from natural or man-made disasters and cover a range of product requirements for operational continuity. MIL-STD-810F is a military standard created by the United States Government. It involves a range of tests used to measure the reliability of equipment in extreme conditions, including physical impact, moisture, vibration and high and low temperatures. These standards address system ruggedness and reliability, which are important requirements for end-users, particularly those in these telecommunications and government sectors.

 

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Our primary products include the following:

Our Products

We design our family of open systems storage hardware and software products with the reliability, flexibility and performance necessary to meet IT managers’ needs for easily scalable cost effective solutions. We currently offer storage systems in FC, SCSI, iSCSI, SAS and SATA technologies with DAS and SAN configurations. We also offer enterprise class RAID software for industry standard Windows and Linux servers, as well as storage management applications, which can manage any one or all of our storage system configurations. In addition, performance enhancing and DMS software is sold bundled with our storage systems or licensed separately to OEM customers, including AssuredSnap and AssuredCopy.

All of our current SANnet II and 5730 products are NEBS Level 3 certified and meet carrier class standards for telecommunications equipment, including storage products. There are three levels of NEBS specifications. The most rugged and reliable equipment is rated carrier-class NEBS Level 3. The NEBS standards mandate a battery of tests designed to simulate the extreme conditions resulting from natural or man-made disasters and cover a range of product requirements for operational continuity. MIL-STD-810F is a military standard created by the United States Government. It involves a range of tests used to measure the reliability of equipment in extreme conditions, including physical impact, moisture, vibration and high and low temperatures. These standards address system ruggedness and reliability, which are important requirements for end-users, particularly those in these telecommunications and government sectors.

 

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Our primary products include the following:

This excerpt taken from the HILL 10-Q filed Nov 9, 2005.
Products” shall mean a Dot Hill component or assembly that is specified on Exhibit B, which Exhibit B may be modified in writing at any time and from time to time by mutual written agreement of the parties.

 

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This excerpt taken from the HILL 10-K filed Mar 16, 2005.

Our Products

        We design our family of open systems storage hardware and software products with the reliability, flexibility and performance necessary to meet IT managers' needs for easily scalable cost effective solutions. We currently offer storage systems in Fibre Channel, SCSI, and SATA configurations. Our software offerings consist of storage management applications, which can manage any one or all of our storage system configurations, and performance enhancing software that we sell bundled with our storage systems or license separately to OEM customers.

        All of our SANnet II products are NEBS Level 3 certified and MIL-STD-810F compliant. NEBS guidelines were originally developed by Bellcore, now Telcordia, as ultra-high reliability standards for telecommunications equipment, including storage products. There are three levels of NEBS specifications. The most rugged and reliable equipment is rated carrier-class NEBS Level 3. The NEBS standards mandate a battery of tests designed to simulate the extreme conditions resulting from natural or man-made disasters and cover a range of product requirements for operational continuity. MIL-STD-810F is a military standard created by the U.S. Government. It involves a range of tests used to measure the reliability of equipment in extreme conditions, including physical impact, moisture, vibration and high and low temperatures. These standards address system ruggedness and reliability, which are important requirements for end-users.

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        Our primary products include the following:

Product Line

  Description
  General
Availability

  Capacity
  Target Market
  Features
Hardware                    
SANnet II SCSI   2 unit high, 12 to 36 drives, Ultra160 SCSI DAS storage   4Q02   146 GB to 10 TB using 300 GB SCSI drives   Entry-level and Midrange   Compact 3.5 inch high enclosures, fully redundant RAID using SCSI connections, expandable storage capacity
SANnet II FC   2 unit high, 12 to 108 drives, 2 Gigabit Fibre Channel DAS and SAN storage   1Q03   146 GB to 32 TB using 300 GB FC drives   Entry-level and Midrange   Complete SAN solution in a single enclosure, scalable performance and capacity without interruptions
SANnet II Blade   1 unit high, drives, Ultra320 SCSI DAS   1Q04   146 GB to 1.2 TB using 300 GB SCSI drives   Entry-level   Highly rack-optimized design, connects to low-cost server SCSI ports
SANnet II SATA   2 unit high, 12 to 72 drives, 2 Gigabit Fibre Channel DAS and SAN storage   2Q04   800GB to 28 TB using 400 GB SATA drives   Entry-level and Midrange   Complete SAN solution in a single enclosure, scalable performance and capacity without interruptions
RIO Xtreme   5 unit high, 24 to 108 drives, 2 Gigabit Fibre Channel DAS and SAN storage   3Q04   1.75 TB to 32 TB using 300 GB FC drives   Midrange   Complete SAN solution, scalable performance and capacity without interruptions, optimized for high bandwidth applications
Software                    
SANpath   Storage area networking software   1Q00   N/A   Entry-level and Midrange   Load balancing, multipathing, path fail over, path fail back and LUN masking
SANscape   Storage management software   1Q00   N/A   Entry-level and Midrange   Graphical and command line consoles with diagnostics, monitoring and reporting

        See related discussion in Note 18 to our consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2004.

        SANnet II Family of Storage Solutions.    We began the introduction of our SANnet II family, during the fourth quarter of 2002. SANnet II provides enterprise class functionality to the entry-level, midrange and high-end storage markets at attractive prices. Through our SANnet II family of networked storage solutions, we offer compact, rugged RAID arrays that support SAN and direct attached storage, or DAS, configurations. The SANnet II products provide 99.9998% uptime and are tested to operate in extreme environmental conditions. In addition, our SANnet II products share a common modular architecture and unified management system that integrates our SANpath and SANscape management software.

    SANnet II SATA.  We launched our SANnet II SATA storage product in the second quarter of 2004. It is an entry-level storage product for IT managers requiring a compact near line storage solution.

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    SANnet II Blade.  We launched our SANnet II Blade product during the first quarter of 2004. It is an entry-level ultra-compact storage solution for DAS architectures.

    SANnet II FC.  We launched our SANnet II FC storage product in the first quarter of 2003. It is a Fibre Channel-based online storage product for IT managers that require a SAN solution.

    SANnet II SCSI.  We launched our SANnet II SCSI product during the fourth quarter of 2002. It is an entry-level ultra-compact storage solution for DAS architectures.

        RIO Xtreme Family of Storage Solutions.    We introduced our newest generation of open systems storage products, our RIO Xtreme family, during the third quarter of 2004. Rio Xtreme provides high performance to the midrange and high-end storage markets at attractive prices. Through our RIO Xtreme family of networked storage solutions, we offer compact, fast arrays that support SAN and DAS configurations.

        We acquired the controller technology used in RIO Xtreme in our acquisition of Chaparral.

    RIO Xtreme.  We launched our RIO Xtreme storage product in the third quarter of 2004. It is a mid-range storage product for applications requiring high bandwidth storage.

        Software.    We develop application software technologies and products that are complementary to our overall storage solutions. Our host-based software is delivered as two primary application suites: SANpath and SANscape. Our software supports widely used open systems platforms, including Linux, Unix, and Windows.

    SANpath.  SANpath is our storage area networking software that improves system performance and enables storage multipathing to ensure comprehensive reliability, availability and serviceability. Originally released during the first quarter of 2000, SANpath functions with SCSI or Fibre Channel host connections and storage hardware, including our SANnet II storage solutions deployed within either DAS or SAN architectures. All SANpath managed environments may be re-configured without interruptions to operating systems or applications. SANpath provides a number of features, such as: path failover, load balancing, dynamic volume management, the reassignment of storage volume without server restarts and secure storage volume assignment via access control lists.

    SANscape.  SANscape is our storage management software that facilitates the monitoring, configuration and maintenance of our SANnet II storage solutions using a Java-based graphical user interface and a variety of tools. Originally released during the first quarter of 2000, SANscape also creates an optional consolidated interface for the administration of SANpath. SANscape can be used to manage various storage solutions deployed throughout an organization. Its event tools monitor the storage solutions under management and report status changes to administrators by email, pager and other means.
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