Dash began operations and was incorporated in 1987. From the outset, Dash served the VAR communty in the four-state region of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. To the present day and for the forseeable future Dash has a close alliance with the VAR channel. Initially Dash provided parts, including operating-system software, that VARs used to build and maintain systems and networks for small and medium-sized businesses. Dash differed from other distributors at that time in its founders' depth of technical expertise in computer technology and manufacturing. Dash's founders utilized their expertise in choosing manufacturers and parts that would help its' VARs avoid the quality and compatibility problems that were, and still are, endemic to the VAR channel.
Dash has always been what our industry refers to as a "value-added distributor." Dash adds value, for both its VARs and its manufacturers, by having a relatively narrow line of carefully selected products with better-than-average quality and support. Dash chooses its manufacturers, in part, by their ability and willingness to provide both quality, compatibility, and support. Dash also provides its' manufacturers a representation function in its ability to recommend products and provide first-tier technical support for their products. This also benefits Dash's VARs, who have learned from experience that Dash is often the best local resource for help in troubleshooting compatibility and configuration problems. By comparison, Dash's competitors are often national distributors who have no local presence and have such a broad line of overlapping and conflicting products that they offer no support and no guidance in choosing and deploying the best product for a given application.
In 1988 Dash added system-integration to its operations. Dash's background in manufacturing helped it provide assembled servers and workstations to its' VARs in a more efficient and economical manner than the VARs could provide for themselves. Dash continues to encourage its VARs to concentrate on selling and supporting their clients and to utilize Dash for their manufacturing and integration functions.
In 1992 Dash launched a project that culminated in 1994 with the production of a full-fledged telephone PBX system that leveraged the low cost of PC components to provide better functionality at a lower price. Dash phones can still today be seen in many Pizza Hut locations. Dash sold this wholly-owned subsidiary to a California-based, VC-funded startup in 1997, who later sold it to Intel Corp. Intel retained much of the intellectual property rights associated with this product for its' Diallogic subsidiary. Intel sold the remaining hardware and software product line to Telecor, a Canadian manufacturer of commercial/industrial phone and intercommunication systems. Today Telecor continues to manufacture the Dash telephone PBX system under their own label.
In 1999, responding to the numerous inadequacies in rackmount computer-case products in the VAR channel, Dash began designing and manufacturing its' own line of rackmount products. Some of the specific problems Dash chose to remedy were: inadequate hard-drive cooling, inadequate power-supply options, inflexibility of configuration, belated time-to-market for systems requiring new-generation motherboards and drives, and low overall quality. Today Dash has an unusually broad line of EIA-RS310C 1U, 2U, 4U and 8U cases supporting the newest generation of motherboards and processors, which Dash is constantly expanding. The current line of products can be seen on Dash's rackmount website, WWW.1U2U.NET. Dash also designs special-purpose industrial computer enclosures and systems for a few OEM customers. All of Dash's cases are designed and manufactured in Kansas City. This provides both flexibility and quick-response capability. In combination with Dash's long experience with and close ties to the VAR channel, this makes Dash a unique and valuable resource for both its customers and its manufacturers.