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QLogic's Rob Crawford Recognized as One of CRN's 2012 Channel Chiefs
Latest Honor From CRN Follows QLogic's Recognition as CRN Data Center 100 Company

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Feb. 20, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC) today announced that Rob Crawford, senior vice president of worldwide sales, QLogic, has been named one of CRN's 2012 Channel Chiefs. This prestigious list of the most influential and powerful leaders in the IT channel recognizes those executives directly responsible for driving channel sales and growth within their organization, while evangelizing and defending the importance of the channel throughout the entire IT Industry.

Selected by CRN's editorial staff, the 2012 Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February issue of CRN Magazine. QLogic was also recently named to CRN's 2012 Data Center 100 list in the January issue. The CRN Data Center 100 recognizes technology vendors for powering, supporting and protecting today's data center services in an environmentally and economically friendly manner, while boosting efficiency and productivity. Both lists are featured online at www.crn.com.

Crawford and QLogic Collaborate with Channel Partners in New Regions and Emerging Markets

Under Crawford's leadership, QLogic grew its partner network by approximately 500 new solution providers worldwide over the past year. Crawford added new benefits and resources to the QLogic Signature Partner Program, including an enhanced partner portal, expansion of sales incentives, and the introduction of new technology tracks that create opportunity to grow status within the program. Crawford and QLogic also established in-country channel account management teams in new regions across Europe and Asia.

"Our global partner network grew significantly over the past year, largely due to our expansion into new product categories and geographic regions," said Crawford. "A key focus for QLogic in 2012 will be to provide enhanced training and benefits to ensure we collaborate effectively with new partners in growth markets such as 10Gb Ethernet and data migration."

For the ninth consecutive year, Channel Chiefs were selected by the CRN editorial team based on channel experience, program innovations, channel-driven revenue, and public support for the importance of IT Channel Sales.

"The 2012 Channel Chiefs list recognizes vendor executives dedicated to driving channel programs in the IT marketplace," said Kelley Damore, vice president, editorial director, UBM Channel. "Our annual Channel Chiefs issue is a must-read for IT solution providers evaluating new vendors or looking to expand solution offerings. These are the people, the products and the programs that any savvy solution provider needs to know. We congratulate this year's Channel Chiefs for their stellar record of business innovation and applaud them for their continued dedication to the partner community."

QLogic Delivers High Performance Networking Solutions for Today's Data Center

A leading provider of high performance networking solutions, QLogic is focused on the predictability and consistency of infrastructure—a key requirement of data, storage, and server networking administrators. Using a protocol-agnostic approach, QLogic provides integrated solutions that address the broad networking spectrum. The company's leadership in technology innovation and maturity of software stack make it the top choice to address I/O requirements in today's virtualized, converged, and cloud environments.

"Our appearance on this year's Data Center 100 is validation that QLogic continues to enhance data center efficiencies and increase ROI, particularly in virtualization-dominated IT landscapes where enterprise I/O performance is crucial," said Chris Humphrey, vice president of corporate marketing, QLogic. "We remain a valuable ally for channel partners and OEMs by providing adapters, switches and routers that deliver the performance and interoperability required by enterprises around the globe."

"The 2012 Data Center 100 list recognizes vendors that, over the course of 2011, have shown a dedication to the innovation and advancement of today's data center services," said Damore. "The recent upsurge in cloud computing has solution providers searching for new ways to ensure their clients maintain connectivity while mitigating costs and security threats. We congratulate each vendor on the 2012 Data Center 100 list for providing a significant growth opportunity for solution providers to build their business by offering cutting-edge products and services to customers."  

About UBM Channel: (www.ubmchannel.com)

UBM Channel is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With over 30 years of experience and engagement, UBM Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. UBM Channel is a UBM company. To learn more about UBM Channel, visit us at www.ubmchannel.com.

UBM plc (www.ubm.com)

UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries is organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to www.ubm.com

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 and market 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: unfavorable economic conditions; 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; 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; the company's ability to compete effectively with other companies; the complexity of the company's products; declining average unit sales prices of comparable products; 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; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; sales fluctuations arising from customer transitions to new products; seasonal fluctuations and uneven sales patterns in orders from customers; a reduction in sales efforts by current distributors; changes in the company's tax provisions or adverse outcomes resulting from examination of its income tax returns; international economic, currency, regulatory, political and other risks; facilities of the company and its suppliers and customers are located in areas subject to natural disasters; the ability to protect proprietary rights; the ability to satisfactorily resolve any infringement claims; uncertain benefits from strategic business combinations; declines in the market value of the company's marketable securities; environmental compliance costs; changes in regulations or standards regarding energy use of the company's products; difficulties in transitioning to smaller geometry process technologies; the use of "open source" software in the company's products; and computer viruses and other tampering with the company's computer systems.

More detailed information on these and additional factors which could affect the company's operating and financial results are described in the company's Forms 10-K, 10-Q and other reports filed, or to be filed, with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company urges all interested parties to read these reports to gain a better understanding of the business and other risks that the company faces. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made only as of the date hereof, and the company does not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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         QLogic Corporation
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         QLogic Corporation
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