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QLogic Broadens Customer Base With 10Gb Ethernet Adapters and Programs for Systems Integrators and Embedded Systems Designers
Company Rolls Out Enhanced Design Registration Program and Differentiates Product Line With Dual-Adapter Strategy to Better Align With Diverse Market Requirements

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Jan. 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced that it is expanding its collaboration efforts with systems integrators and embedded systems designers to develop end-user solutions based on the company's new line of next-generation 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) adapters. Investments include a dedicated sales team focused specifically on meeting the needs of systems integrators and embedded systems designers, an enhanced design registration program, and a strong focus on QLogic's dual adapter strategy.

Through its design registration program, QLogic provides a predictable cost model for systems integrators as they develop standardized, repeatable solutions. The program also offers enhanced margins for strategic customer opportunities and streamlines the planning process by ensuring that adequate inventory is available on large-volume builds.

"QLogic 10GbE adapters allow us to integrate right-fit features into our designs and deliver profitable solutions that are aggressively priced," said Jeff Ittel, senior vice president, Avnet Embedded. Avnet Embedded is a division of Avnet, Inc., a $27.5 billion distributor of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology that serves customers globally. "With dedicated resources such as an enhanced design registration program, and a sales team focused on systems integrators, we are able to work more closely with QLogic to seek new revenue opportunities, gain a competitive advantage and develop truly differentiated products for our diverse customer base."

"By creating a strong sales team to address the unique needs of systems integrators and embedded systems developers and providing a range of dedicated resources for these customers, we are expanding the reach of QLogic 10GbE technology," said Ryan Klein, senior director of sales, QLogic. "While some competitors have adopted a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to their offerings, we have adopted a dual-adapter strategy to properly align with 10GbE market requirements and allow customers to better control, optimize and scale their virtualized environments. QLogic 3400 Series intelligent Ethernet adapters and 8400 Series converged network adapters provide systems integrators and embedded systems developers with the right adapter for the right application."

One size does not fit all – QLogic dual-adapters address diverse market requirements

Using a converged network adapter as a network interface card (NIC) is simply overkill, and conversely 10GbE NICs are inadequate to address the requirements of the converged network performance segment. QLogic believes that a dual 10GbE adapter strategy is the most efficient and economical way to address the market's varied requirements. QLogic developed the 3400 Series intelligent Ethernet adapter with the right mix of virtualization features to cost-effectively optimize the software-defined data center. Available with 10GBASE-T, short-range optic and direct attach copper connectivity, the 3400 Series is the ideal choice for enterprise and managed service provider environments. Based on the same controller already fully qualified and shipping with the world's leading server platforms, the QLogic 3400 Series delivers extensive acceleration, I/O virtualization and multi-tenancy features, providing maximum value to IT managers.

Building upon the 3400 Series' feature set and benefits, the QLogic 8400 Series is a true converged network adapter with hardware-based Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and iSCSI offloads to maximize storage networking performance. The 8400 Series is the solution of choice for workload-intensive computing environments, providing reliable, high-performance 10GbE connectivity for converged infrastructures. Boasting the industry's lowest CPU utilization, the versatile 8400 Series delivers unmatched performance for the most demanding IT workloads.

Why QLogic?

The most advanced networks demand sophisticated capabilities, and for 20 years QLogic has consistently delivered performance, innovation, flexibility, reliability and control for these environments. Breakthrough application performance gives customers faster time-to-data. Innovation delivers new capabilities, greater efficiency and maximum performance. Unprecedented flexibility connects mission-critical applications to any storage network, and robust infrastructure management capabilities put network controls in the hands of customers.

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