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QLogic Enhances Integration for Fibre Channel in VMware vSphere 5.5
Industry Leader in Fibre Channel Adapters and Caching SAN Adapters Introduces VMware Native Driver Support and New Web-Based Version of QLogic QConvergeConsole Plug-in for VMware vCenter Server

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VMworld -- QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC), the industry leader in Fibre Channel adapters, today announced that its award-winning FlexSuite™ and FabricCache™ adapters are now supported by a VMware vSphere 5.5 native inbox driver. Since no Web download is necessary, inbox drivers save time and simplify the installation process and support tasks. QLogic adapters are automatically recognized by the OS or hypervisor and a certified driver is then installed for the appropriate version of that OS or hypervisor. The native driver model also has tighter integration with the VMkernel, allowing QLogic to take advantage of architectural improvements in the kernel to deliver improved performance. The company also introduced a Web-based version of its QConvergeConsole Plug-in for VMware vCenter Server, which centralizes and simplifies virtualization management of adapters and represents further integration with VMware.

"QLogic and VMware have a long history of collaborating on high performance virtualization solutions for enterprise SANs, beginning with QLogic's delivery of the industry's first VMware certified Fibre Channel adapter," said Amit Vashi, vice president of products, technology and planning, QLogic. "QLogic Fibre Channel adapters are tuned to deliver superior performance for VMware environments and are now enhanced with improved native driver support and Web-based plug-ins for increased operational efficiency across VMware hosts and clusters by centralizing management and improving the end-user experience. We continue to build on the ubiquity of Fibre Channel and VMware platforms with our new, innovative FabricCache adapters, which deliver transparent, server-based flash caching performance acceleration for VMware ESX enabled servers and server clusters."

Recent research from ESG1 reveals that Fibre Channel continues to be the preferred infrastructure for virtual storage. Compared to competitive offerings, QLogic FlexSuite dual-personality (16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel and 10Gb Converged Ethernet) adapters provide the best real-world performance in virtualized environments. The chart in this QLogic blog illustrates how the architecture of QLogic FlexSuite Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) adapters scale beyond QLogic's nearest rival's shared architecture approach. Throughput increases from the QLogic card as outstanding I/Os increase, while the competitor's adapter experiences a decrease in throughput due to its less scalable architecture.

Additionally, a recent study conducted by Taneja Group2 also confirms Fibre Channel is the preferred infrastructure for IT end-users seeking enterprise storage acceleration. The Storage Acceleration and Performance Technologies study revealed that server-based storage acceleration solutions, such as QLogic FabricCache 10000 Series adapters, are the "most valued" by respondents and that Fibre Channel is the "most preferred" storage protocol for application acceleration. The study also confirmed that virtualized data centers have the greatest need for application performance acceleration and that customers are increasingly investigating enterprise caching for potential solutions.

QLogic Dual-personality Adapters Double Performance and Provide Flexibility in VMware Environments

QLogic is advancing its server connectivity leadership by delivering unparalleled performance and flexibility with its QLogic FlexSuite dual-personality adapters, the only enterprise networking product to be awarded 2012 Product of the Year by Storage magazine and VMworld attendees can learn more about these highly flexible adapters that fit seamlessly into current SAN installations as 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) today and provide a future-proof approach to building highly agile infrastructures by enabling end-user field upgradeability to 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE)-based converged network adapters (CNAs) in the future.

QLogic FabricCache Adapters Provide New Performance Benefits for ESX Clusters

Clustered and highly virtualized servers have created some of the most performance-challenged environments in today's enterprise. Named by CRN as one of "The 10 Coolest Flash Storage Products of 2013," FabricCache adapters usher in a new era of enterprise application performance acceleration for SANs, combining a high-performance PCIe flash card with QLogic's market-leading Fibre Channel adapter to create a dramatically simpler, more cost-efficient and sharable server-based cache solution. Unlike alternative offerings, FabricCache transparently pools individual server caches across multiple, physical servers, so the widest range of mission-critical, virtualized and clustered applications can share flash caching performance benefits. FabricCache also delivers greater ROI while lowering overall TCO by leveraging QLogic's proven Fibre Channel driver, offloading caching functions from the server and integrating seamlessly into existing SAN infrastructure. QLogic will feature live FabricCache demonstrations at VMWorld, including OS and Hypervisor transparent caching of shared SAN storage, including vMotion across physical servers in a VMware ESX cluster while maintaining cached application acceleration performance.

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1ESG, Lab Validation Report, Enterprise Application Performance Scalability with QLogic Caching Technology, June 2013

2Taneja Group, Storage Acceleration and Performance Technologies multi-client study, June 2013

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