PETACH TIQWA, Israel, February 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Dot Hill Systems Corp. (NASDAQ:HILL), a leading provider of SAN storage solutions, today stated that it is realigning its software development efforts.
After a careful evaluation of alternatives, Dot Hill has decided to re-align its software investments to focus on accelerating the development of embedded software features, in order to launch a very competitive set of midrange storage array products in 2012, and to provide more differentiated entry-level products for both OEM and channel customers. Dot Hill believes that this will better position the Company to win new customers that may be seeking new or alternative suppliers as a consequence of the consolidations that have occurred in the data storage industry.
"Key software technologies and critical high-end features have begun to be embedded in the storage arrays themselves, especially in mid-tier products," stated Dana Kammersgard, president and chief executive officer, Dot Hill Systems. "Software features that have historically been server or appliance based, such as our AssuredUVS products, are now increasingly becoming embedded in the storage arrays. Consequently, we do not want to invest in two parallel teams developing similar features for our customers."
"We have carefully evaluated four distinct investment opportunities - expanding into the midrange while launching our next generation entry level products, investing in potential new OEM customers, continuing our investment in our channel sales team and staying the course with our AssuredUVS software platform," said Hanif Jamal, Dot Hill Systems chief financial officer. "Our financial analysis at this time indicates that our best path to accelerating profitability and cash flow on a timetable that we find acceptable and consistent with what we presented at the Analyst Day in November 2010, is to pursue midrange and new OEM customer investments right now, compared to the incremental investments that would be necessary with the Cloverleaf host virtualization software. We see a unique opportunity unfolding that we believe we can take advantage of now by taking this action."
As a result, the Company will close the Israel Technology Development Center that was established after the acquisition of Cloverleaf Communications in January 2010, while retaining sufficient technical support personnel to fulfill existing customer obligations. The Company estimates that it will incur charges of around $5.5 million of which approximately 40% will be non-cash charges. The company has recently begun to market the Cloverleaf asset to prospective acquirers and while there has been interest, there is no assurance it will find a suitable buyer on a timely basis. Unless an acquirer can be identified, most of the employees will not be employed by the Company after March 31, 2012.
The talented team that Dot Hill inherited through the acquisition of Cloverleaf Communications has been responsible for the development of the unified virtual storage software product line. These products were launched in November 2010 under the AssuredUVS brand and helped establish Dot Hill's first entry into storage software and appliance products. Dot Hill greatly appreciates the efforts and contributions of its entire team in Israel and has been impressed with the technical talent that is prevalent throughout the high technology community in Israel.
About Dot Hill
Delivering innovative technology and global support, Dot Hill empowers the OEM and channels community to bring unique storage solutions to market, quickly, easily and cost-effectively. Offering high performance and industry-leading uptime, Dot Hill's RAID technology is the foundation for best-in-class storage solutions offering enterprise-class security, availability and data protection. The Company's products are in use today by the world's leading service and equipment providers, common carriers and advanced technology and telecommunications companies, as well as government agencies and small and medium enterprise customers. Dot Hill solutions are certified to meet rigorous industry standards and military specifications, as well as RoHS and WEEE international environmental standards. Headquartered in Longmont, Colorado, Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, Singapore, and the United States. For more information, visit us at http://www.dothill.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 materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such statements include statements regarding Dot Hill's ability to attract new customers, its ability to broaden and further enhance its storage portfolio and projected financial results for the fourth quarter of 2011. The risks that contribute to the uncertain nature of the forward-looking statements include, among other things: the risk that actual financial results for the fourth quarter of 2011 may be different from the preliminary and unaudited financial results provided in this press release; the risks associated with macroeconomic factors that are outside of Dot Hill's control; the fact that no Dot Hill customer agreements provide for mandatory minimum purchase requirements; the risk that one or more of Dot Hill's OEM or other customers may cancel or reduce orders, not order as forecasted or terminate their agreements with Dot Hill; the risk that Dot Hill's new products may not prove to be popular; the risk that one or more of Dot Hill's suppliers or subcontractors may fail to perform or may terminate their agreements with Dot Hill; the risk that sales through channel partners may not ramp as expected; unforeseen product quality, technological, intellectual property, personnel or engineering issues; and the additional risks set forth in the Company's most recent Forms 10-Q and 10K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Dot Hill. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made. Dot Hill undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.
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