Dot Hill Earns Patent for Real-Time Storage Tiering
Although it still sells $130 million per year worth of software to HP as an OEM supplier, the 25-year-old company is expanding its horizons.LAS VEGAS — Storage software developer Dot Hill has made the engine for Hewlett-Packard's entry-level MSA 2000 arrays for a number of years. However, as is the nature of the business for OEMs, it hasn't received enough of the credit for all that intellectual property it has created. That is all changing. Although it still sells $130 million per year worth of software to HP as an OEM supplier, the 25-year-old company is expanding its horizons. Last August, Dot Hill went out with its own branded storage-area network system, the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series. On Jan. 7, the Longmont, Colo.-based company revealed that its crown jewel IP, its RealStor real-time tiered storage management, has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent Office. The company made the announcement at the Storage Visions 2013 conference here in Las Vegas.
This is big news in the storage domain. No other company can claim it has real-time tiered storage management—an automation feature that enables the array to move block data to the right drives (hard disks or solid-state) as the workload requires.