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QLogic Continues Fibre Channel Switching Momentum With Expanded Product Suite From EMC Select
Expansion of QLogic Fibre Channel Switching IP Into the Mainstream Data Center Continues
ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Mar 17, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- In the latest move to expand its global market share in Fibre Channel switches in enterprise-class data centers worldwide, QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC) today announced that on April 12 its 5800V Series 8Gb Fibre Channel stackable switches will be available through the EMC(R) Select program as scalable SAN solutions for a broad range of EMC storage platforms. The switches will be available worldwide from EMC and its partners and have been qualified through the EMC E-Lab(TM) with the EMC Symmetrix(R) V-Max(TM), Symmetrix DMX(TM), CLARiiON(R) CX4 and CLARiiON AX4 networked storage systems and the EMC Celerra(R) NS line of unified storage systems.

"QLogic is clearly gaining momentum in the Fibre Channel switching sector with the stackable 5800V Series," said Jesse Parker, vice president and general manager, Network Solutions Group, QLogic. "Storage heavyweights like EMC are delivering our unique 8Gb Fibre Channel stackable switch architecture, which provides businesses with the latest in edge switching technology, management simplicity and pay-as-you-grow predictability."

"The combination of EMC's leading 8Gb Fibre Channel storage systems with QLogic 5800V Series 8Gb Fibre Channel stackable switches helps us address our customers' increasing end-to-end I/O bandwidth requirements," said Deirdre Wassell, director, Storage Product Marketing, EMC Corporation. "By offering complete solutions that enable more efficient consolidation, higher levels of service and lower costs, EMC is able to help customers build an information infrastructure capable of meeting the increasing demands of today's bandwidth-intensive environments including large database servers and virtual data centers."

QLogic 5800V 8Gb Fibre Channel Series 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 alternatives1.

"CTOs should give serious consideration to stackable switches, as we believe they are a more-cost-effective and smarter approach to storage networks," said Dave Vellante, founder and chief research advocate, Wikibon. "Delivering 25 percent higher user port counts when scaling, improved inter-switch bandwidth and simplified manageability, stackable switches empower IT departments to better leverage company assets through greater granularity of scale. QLogic's moves in this space are impressive as the company is evolving its technology to play a more important role in the data center."

The 5800V Series includes dedicated high speed 10Gb Fibre Channel stacking ports, which can be easily upgraded to 20Gb performance. By providing high-performance, dedicated switch-to-switch connectivity through these stacking ISLs, the 5800V Series eliminates cabling sprawl and preserves 8Gb Fibre Channel ports specifically for device connectivity--meaning no user ports are required for connecting switches to each other. By reducing cable and connection costs while enhancing SAN performance, the 5800V Series enables lower capital and operational expenditures.

The stackable design of QLogic 5800V Series Fibre Channel switches offers improved flexibility and eliminates the need to reconfigure switches, leading to better productivity for IT staff and less disruption for users. The design of the 5800V Series, with dedicated stacking ports, enables non-disruptive expansion requiring the IT manager to only add stacking cables between the switches without interrupting application uptime.

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 8Gb Fibre Channel device ports per switch, scalable to over 100 device ports in the fabric, QLogic 5800V Series switches address the needs of server virtualization, massive storage capacities, resource-intensive applications and other sources of unpredictable IT growth.

A wide range of QLogic products are available through EMC Select. In addition to the 5800V Series, QLogic 3810 entry-level 8Gb Fibre Channel switches, 5602 4Gb Fibre Channel stackable switches and the Enterprise Fabric Manager advanced software suite are also now available from EMC. Enterprise Fabric Manager provides IT managers with highly granular control and monitoring of their SAN environments within an affordable license model.

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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