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QLogic Takes Leadership Role for FCIA Gen 6 Fibre Channel, Shaping the World's Fastest Storage Networking Standard
Company Leading Design of Gen 6 Fibre Channel Solutions to Meet the Evolving Demands of Enterprise Data Centers

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Feb. 11, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC), the industry leader in Fibre Channel adapters, today announced continued innovation and developmental support for the Gen 6 Fibre Channel standard, the world's fastest storage networking protocol as announced today by the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA). Gen 6 Fibre Channel features base-level, 32Gb (32GFC) speeds critical to evolving server workloads and I/O aggregation. Gen 6 Fibre Channel also introduces unique features that enhance network reliability, energy efficiency and operational simplicity. These features give IT administrators confidence that Fibre Channel will remain the storage networking solution of choice for modern data centers and mission-critical applications.

"Fibre Channel has long been the most reliable, secure, scalable and efficient storage networking protocol for enterprise computing," said Vikram Karvat, vice president of marketing, QLogic. "The added performance and unique features of the Gen 6 standard ensure that organizations will continue to rely on Fibre Channel as the de facto standard for their storage network needs to meet the requirements for hyper-scale virtualization, solid-state storage technologies and new data center architectures for years to come."

QLogic® Gen 6 Fibre channel server and storage connectivity products will be available in 2015. Similar to all previous Fibre Channel iterations, Gen 6 provides full backward compatibility, supporting 16Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel networks. Gen 6 automatically configures to the fastest supported speed between any two network points without user configuration, providing complete investment protection.

"Gen 6 Fibre Channel provides a natural evolution and investment protection for existing Fibre Channel deployments and promises to deliver higher performance, along with other new features," said Chris Lyon, executive director of FCIA. "Users will benefit from a new age of advanced capabilities, reduced number of links and better power efficiency."

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