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September 2011

Phoenix International Systems Teams with Dot Hill to Support Military Ground and Air Surveillance Superiority

ORANGE, Calif. – Sept. 19, 2011

Phoenix International Systems, a manufacturer of rugged commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) data storage systems for military, aerospace, telecommunications, utilities and process control industries, today announced it has entered into an OEM agreement with Dot Hill Systems Corp., a leading provider of Unified Virtual Storage and SAN storage solutions.

Under the terms of the agreement, Dot Hill’s 3000 Series RAID controller technology will be integrated with Phoenix International’s storage solutions and deployed in Northrop Grumman’s Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) program and Boeing’s Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) platform.

An incumbent supplier to the JSTARS program, Phoenix International will be using Dot Hill 8Gb Fibre Channel RAID controller technology to deliver improved storage management and performance in support of its long-range, air-to-ground surveillance system, designed to locate, classify and track ground targets in all-weather conditions. While flying in friendly airspace, the joint Army-Air Force program can look deep behind hostile borders to detect and track ground movements in both forward and rear areas. JSTARS tracks ground vehicles and some aircraft, collects imagery, and relays tactical pictures to ground and air theater commanders.

In addition to ground surveillance, Phoenix International has begun supporting a similar program in the skies through Boeing’s AWACS platform. AWACS provides surveillance, command-and-control, and communications functions for tactical and defensive missions. In service since 1977, it is used by the U.S. Air Force, NATO, the United Kingdom, France, and Saudi Arabia.

“Dot Hill’s rock-solid 3000 Series RAID controller technology has proven to be a perfect fit for our storage solutions and the company has proven to be a valuable go-to-market partner for us in the defense industry,” said Amos Deacon III, president, Phoenix International. “Dot Hill technology is field proven in a variety of ruggedized storage applications and the Dot Hill 3000 Series’ 8Gb Fibre Channel and 6Gb SAS interfaces deliver the bandwidth and performance we need for today’s sophisticated JSTARS and AWACS storage environments.”

“Our agreement with Phoenix International is the latest validation of Dot Hill’s capabilities in ruggedized storage for military applications,” said Inese Lanka, senior director of sales – North America, for the federal sector at Dot Hill Systems. “With more than 18 years of experience designing ruggedized COTS storage systems, Phoenix International is widely respected in the defense industry. We believe that our newly expanded relationship holds great promise for both companies to expand our reach in the military IT marketplace.”

Phoenix International is an AS 9100/ISO 9001:2008 certified, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) manufacturer of Rugged COTS data storage products. Phoenix developed state of the art enabling technology provides users with mass storage products that ensure the highest performance storage and data network systems. These systems range in size and application from multi-terabyte Fibre Channel RAID, NAS and Storage Area Network (SAN) configurations to conduction cooled plug-in VME and VPX solid state (flash) storage modules.

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