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QLogic and Dell Deliver Certified 10Gb Ethernet Converged Networking Solutions for Multi-Vendor Server Platforms
QLogic Converged Network Adapters Provide Dell's Newest Switch Optimum Performance in Converged and Highly Virtualized Network Environments

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Sept. 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC), the industry leader in Fibre Channel adapters, today announced that its converged network adapters (CNAs) have been certified and recommended for use with Dell Networking modular unified storage switches. The underlying QLogic Fibre Channel stack in QLogic® CNAs is proven in more than 14 million ports shipped to enterprise data centers around the world, which allows QLogic and Dell to provide pervasive interoperability with the world's leading server platforms.

"The evolution of the data center has placed a premium on performance, choice and flexibility, and these are core values prominent across the QLogic portfolio," said Amit Vashi, vice president of products, technology and planning, QLogic. "Our long-time partnership with Dell, and in particular the combination of QLogic 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) CNAs and Dell Networking modular switches, gives our customers choice and flexibility, as well as the ultimate in performance and value."

For IT organizations, one of the most important initiatives to meet the goal of maximizing storage and data network resources is the consolidation of server I/O. One converged network optimized for both LAN and SAN traffic reduces deployment and operational costs, while significantly improving an IT organization's ability to respond to dynamic business needs.

"A critical part of enabling customers to accelerate migration to advanced platforms is simplifying the technology delivering the fabric," said Arpit Joshipura, vice president, product management and marketing, Dell Networking. "By working with strategic partners such as QLogic, we're able to provide our mutual customers a highly advanced Dell Active Fabric solution that boosts the performance of consolidated I/O traffic and improves the economics of a converged data center—all while simplifying operations and management."

Specifically, QLogic 8200 Series and 8300 Series CNAs are now certified with Dell Networking S5000 modular unified storage switches. The Dell Networking S5000 is Dell's first fully modular, converged top-of-rack switch, specifically designed to maximize compute and storage network resources in a converged data center environment. QLogic 10GbE CNAs are an ideal connectivity choice, providing leading flexibility, performance and functionality while simultaneously supporting storage and data network traffic. Deployed together, QLogic 10GbE CNAs and Dell Networking switches deliver high-density LAN and SAN convergence and feature-rich storage networking with a future-proof design for maximum investment protection. QLogic 10GbE CNAs support simultaneous data (TCP/IP) and storage (FCoE and iSCSI) protocols. The ability to support multiple protocols simultaneously on the same hardware offers multi-tenancy flexibility, which is ideal for private and public cloud environments. High-performance QLogic 10GbE CNAs are also optimized for virtualized environments that require excellent I/O performance to service growing numbers of virtual machines.

The Dell Networking S5000 modular switch provides complete support for iSCSI, RoCE, NAS, FCoE and native Fibre Channel, all on the same platform, delivering greater deployment flexibility and IT budget savings compared to fixed-port switches. The unique modular design enables migration to a converged solution at the pace of each end-user, plus increased port counts without replacing the entire switch. The S5000 hardware is future-proofed to support newer features and options when released without needing to sacrifice existing infrastructure investments.

QLogic – the Ultimate in Performance

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

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 ability to attract and retain key personnel; 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; 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, acquisitions and divestitures; declines in the market value of the company's marketable securities; changes in and compliance with regulations; difficulties in transitioning to smaller geometry process technologies; the use of "open source" software in the company's products; system security risks, data protection breaches and cyber-attacks; and the company's ability to borrow under its credit agreement is subject to certain covenants.

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