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QLogic 10GbE Converged Network Adapters Now Shipping With Dell PowerEdge 12th Generation Servers
Available in Multiple Form Factors, QLogic 8200 Series Adapters Maximize Investments in Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600-Based Dell PowerEdge Rack, Tower and Blade Servers with Switch Independent Partitioning

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., March 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC) today announced that its 8200 Series 10GbE converged network adapters (CNAs) are now shipping with new Dell PowerEdge12th generation servers, based on the next generation Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 family. QLogic and Dell are driving next-generation server I/O virtualization with unique, flexible networking technologies including: simultaneous multiprotocol processing and Switch Independent Partitioning. The QLogic® 8200 Series is available as part of the Dell PowerEdge Select Network Adapter family as well as in PCI Express and mezzanine formats for PowerEdge rack, tower and blade servers. It complements the higher compute density and increased numbers of I/O operations that can be generated by the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600-based servers and addresses the increasingly complex requirements of virtualized data centers, cloud service providers and the converged enterprise.

The Switch Independent Partitioning feature enables each physical port to be logically divided into four logical ports with flexible allocation of 10GbE bandwidth. As a result, one CNA is viewed by the server operating system as a flexible mix of standalone network interface cards (NICs), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) adapters, and iSCSI adapters, with the ability to allocate guaranteed bandwidth to each virtual adapter. This eliminates the cost of installing multiple, physical networking and storage adapters that are dedicated to specific server applications or other tasks. Since it is completely switch agnostic, it is not necessary to pair an 8200 Series adapter with any specific 10GbE switch model to enable partitioning.

"QLogic has been a key partner in the execution of Dell's converged infrastructure strategy, providing 10GbE CNA adapters with rich, unique features that address the demands of virtualized and cloud environments," said Amit Vashi, vice president, marketing, Host Solutions Group, QLogic. "Our 8200 Series maximizes customers' investments in Dell PowerEdge 12th generation servers through our suite of rich, flexible technologies including simultaneous data and storage networking over 10GbE Ethernet, and offload of all FCoE and iSCSI protocol processing, which frees up server CPU cycles to enable faster application performance."

"QLogic 8200 Series adapters lower the total cost of ownership for PowerEdge customers by enabling SAN and LAN convergence, reducing cabling, power, cooling and management costs – and a great example of how we've been able to do that is with our Force10 S4810," said Brian Payne, executive director of Dell PowerEdge Platform Marketing. "The 8200 Series enables valuable investment protection by working seamlessly with existing Fibre Channel Storage, switches and management utilities while also offering built-in capability to migrate to converged infrastructure on 10Gbit Ethernet."

QLogic 8200 Series -- 10GbE Performance with Flexibility

By delivering 10GbE performance with low CPU utilization, the QLogic 8200 Series excels in virtualized environments, utilizing QLogic's unique flexible networking technologies including:


  Concurrent protocol processing services including FCoE, TCP/IP and iSCSI

  Multiple protocol offload services

  Switch Independent Partitioning

QLogic 8200 Series 10GbE adapters offer ultra-low CPU utilization, freeing up server cycles for business-critical applications and the increased mobility of VMs. QLogic 8200 Series adapters are fully interoperable with all existing LAN, NAS and SAN environments and support nearly every hypervisor, operating system and boot environment. The entire QLogic 8200 Series portfolio is fully integrated in Dell System Management tools such as Dell Lifecycle Controller. Users can also manage the portfolio using the QConvergeConsole™, which provides multi-platform, single-pane-of-glass management of FCoE, iSCSI and TCP/IP protocols for ease-of-administration and converged network deployment.

QLogic 8200 Series adapters are immediately available on the new Dell PowerEdge 12th generation servers.

QLogic maximizes performance for Intel Xeon processor E5-2600-based servers   

Intel's new Xeon processor E5-2600 product family provides up to an 80 percent performance boost over previous generation products. QLogic Fibre Channel, 10Gb Ethernet and 10Gb converged networking adapters are designed to balance the high compute density of servers based on the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family by delivering enterprise I/O performance and reliability. By delivering full hardware offload, QLogic adapters provide significant performance benefits and remove the protocol processing burden from the CPU, conserving precious CPU cycles for applications and services and maximizing server virtualization ratios. Qualified and sold by all major OEMs and more than 150 certification partners, QLogic network adapters leverage the company's 15 years of enterprise experience and worldwide reach, ensuring the highest degree of product interoperability.

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.

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CONTACT: Media Contact:
         Tim Lustig
         QLogic Corporation
         949.389.6196
         tim.lustig@qlogic.com

         Investor Contact:
         Jean Hu
         QLogic Corporation
         949.389.7579
         jean.hu@qlogic.com
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