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QLogic Collaborates With HP on 8Gb Fibre Channel Stackable Switches
Stackable Approach to Fibre Channel Fabrics Can Reduce TCO by up to 43 Percent
ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Feb 18, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- In a move designed to expand its global market share in Fibre Channel (FC) switching, QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC) today announced that its 5800V and 5802V Series 8Gb FC switches are now available from HP (NYSE:HPQ) as scalable SAN solutions for use with HP's server and storage portfolios, including HP BladeSystem Virtual Connect, HP StorageWorks Modular Smart Array (MSA) and HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) systems. Branded as the HP StorageWorks SN6000 Stackable 8Gb FC Switches, the switches incorporate QLogic's unique inter-switch link (ISL) technology, which enables companies to reduce total-cost-of-ownership by up to 43 percent compared to non-stackable alternatives, according to a recent economic value study from Wikibon 1.

The switch's dedicated high speed 10 gigabit per second (Gbps) FC stacking ports, which can be easily upgraded to 20 Gbps performance, make possible the innovative stackable architecture of the HP SN6000. By providing high performance, dedicated switch-to-switch connectivity through stacking ISLs, the SN6000 eliminates cabling sprawl and preserves 8 Gbps FC ports specifically for device connectivity--meaning no user ports are needed for connecting SN6000 switches to each other. By reducing cable and connection costs while enhancing SAN performance, the SN6000 enables lower capital and operational expenditures. In addition, it enables automated management and improved administrative productivity through management software included with every switch.

"QLogic continues to innovate and lead the way in Fibre Channel stackable switch solutions," said Jesse Parker, vice president and general manager, Network Solutions Group, QLogic. "Our 8Gb Fibre Channel switches provide industry-leading performance while allowing businesses to build scalable SANs with minimal business disruption at considerably lower costs and significantly reduced complexity."

"Customers can mitigate risk by adopting a networking infrastructure that can scale in a modular, non-disruptive way as storage needs change," said Bob Wilson, vice president, Platforms Division, StorageWorks, HP. "The HP SN6000 Stackable FC Switches utilizing 8Gb Fibre Channel technology deliver storage networking that customers can leverage to keep up with growing data volumes."

"Wikibon believes that stackable switches are a significant improvement over non-stackable switches. Stackable switches scale to 25 percent higher user port counts, simplify configuration growth and improve inter-switch bandwidth and manageability," said Dave Vellante, founder and chief research advocate, Wikibon. "For CIOs this means better asset leverage because you have greater granularity at scale."

The stackable design of the HP SN6000 Stackable FC Switches offers improved flexibility and eliminates the need to reconfigure switches, leading to better productivity for IT staff and less disruption for users. Conventional switching technology requires at least two ports to link to other switches in the data center. For example, if all 24 ports of a switch are used, an IT manager would need to repurpose four device ports to ISL ports in order to connect to other switches. The design of the SN6000, with dedicated stacking ports, enables non-disruptive expansion requiring the IT manager to only add stacking cables between the switches without interrupting application uptime.

"By providing stacking ports that deliver 20 Gbps switch-to-switch connectivity, QLogic makes it possible for businesses to grow their switches as slowly or quickly as they need by simply 'stacking,' avoiding the disruptive 'rip and replace,' process," said David Floyer, chief technology officer, Wikibon. "This enables companies to scale with less business impact, which decreases the chance of downtime and improves productivity of the organization."

"CFOs will rejoice over the numerous cost-savings, short-term and long-term, that QLogic's innovative, stackable switch technology delivers," continued Vellante. "Companies aren't buying capacity they don't need. IT departments can simply add ports if and when necessary, which is much more efficient. This translates to better utilization of cash, an improved balance sheet and the ability to take advantage of price reductions over time."

8Gb Fibre Channel Switches Address Need for Increased SAN Bandwidth in Virtualized Data Centers

As multi-core servers begin to drive higher adoption rates of virtualization, there is a commensurate increase in customer demand for higher bandwidth connectivity options. With 20 dedicated 8 Gbps FC device ports per switch and scalable to more than 500 device ports in the fabric, HP SN6000 switches address the needs of server virtualization, massive storage capacities, resource-intensive applications and other sources of unpredictable IT growth.

Simple to Install with Intuitive Management Tools

Seamless integration of the SN6000 is a snap with HP's Simple SAN Connection Manager (SSCM), an integrated suite of intuitive installation and monitoring tools exclusive to HP's H-series portfolio. Available with the SN6000, SSCM has the ability to manage an entire SAN implementation from a single management console.

The HP StorageWorks SN6000 is available immediately.

1 "The Total Cost of Ownership of Stackable Switches," by Wikibon, is available at: http://bit.ly/7bxatv

Additional information on QLogic Fibre Channel switches is available at: http://bit.ly/8dAmEl

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About QLogic

QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC) is a global leader and technology innovator in high performance networking, including adapters, switches and ASICs. Leading OEMs and channel partners worldwide rely on QLogic products for their data, storage and server networking solutions. For more information, visit www.qlogic.com.

Disclaimer - Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains statements relating to future results of the company (including certain beliefs and projections regarding business trends) that are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in the forward-looking statements. The company advises readers that these potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: declines in information technology spending levels; potential fluctuations in operating results; gross margins that may vary over time; the stock price of the company may be volatile; the company's dependence on the networking markets served; potential adverse effects of server virtualization technology on the company's business; potential adverse effects of increased market acceptance of blade servers; the ability to maintain and gain market or industry acceptance of the company's products; the company's dependence on a small number of customers; seasonal fluctuations and uneven sales patterns in orders from customers; the company's ability to compete effectively with other companies; declining average unit sales prices of comparable products; a reduction in sales efforts by current distributors; the company's dependence on sole source and limited source suppliers; the company's dependence on relationships with certain third-party subcontractors and contract manufacturers; declines in the market value of the company's investment securities; the complexity of the company's products; sales fluctuations arising from customer transitions to new products; changes in the company's tax provisions or adverse outcomes resulting from examination of its income tax returns; environmental compliance costs; international economic, regulatory, political and other risks; uncertain benefits from strategic business combinations; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; difficulties in transitioning to smaller geometry process technologies; the ability to protect proprietary rights; the ability to satisfactorily resolve any infringement claims; reliance on third party technology; the use of "open source" software in the company's products; changes in regulations or standards regarding energy use of the company's products; computer viruses and other tampering with the company's computer systems; and facilities of the company and its suppliers and customers are located in areas subject to natural disasters.

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