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QLogic Single-Chip CNAs Power New IBM FCoE-enabled Blade Servers

QLogic CNAs and 10Gb CEE Pass-Thru modules integrated in next generation IBM HS22 blade servers; IBM puts enterprise weight behind FCoE

The QLogic 10Gb CEE Pass-thru Module is the most cost-effective way to introduce CEE outside an IBM BladeCenter server. The module translates internal 10 Gigabit Media Independent Interface (XAUI) connections on up to 14 CNA-enabled servers to external SFP+ optical media ports, suitable for direct attachment to new CEE and FCoE devices as well as to existing 10GbE LANs. Line rate connectivity is provided without the expense or management requirements of other approaches, enabling customers to begin their network convergence at the server level with minimal infrastructure investment elsewhere.

"With today's announcement coming so closely on the heels of the introduction of its breakthrough Network Plus Architecture, QLogic has just delivered a one-two punch to its competitors," said Tom Trainer, president and founder of storage research consultancy Analytico, Inc. "Owning your own silicon has its distinct advantages, such as getting a product to market first and gaining market traction much more rapidly than others trying to integrate components from multiple suppliers." "When it comes to delivering converged networks and advances in computing, IBM is elevating the stature of its servers to an entirely new stratum in the data center," said Scott Genereux, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, QLogic. "The company's ability to integrate single chip FCoE technology so rapidly across its server portfolio is an example of its seamless product adaptability and business model flexibility. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with IBM on converged networking solutions for its blade servers and high-density storage systems."

"Support of native FCoE connectivity by a leading server supplier is another key step in the adoption of converged networks," said David Vellante, co-founder and principal contributor to Wikibon.org, a professional community of IT practitioners. "The business case for FCoE is compelling as it utilizes the network more efficiently and provides any-to-any connectivity by leveraging existing SAN infrastructure and lowering network management costs."

Both the QLogic 8100 Series CNAs and Pass-Thru Modules can be used with other products in the IBM FCoE and CEE product portfolio, including other pass-thru modules and CNAs, respectively, to provide customers with complete flexibility and interoperability--and products based entirely on open standards.

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. QLogic is a NASDAQ Global Select company and is included in the S&P 500. For more information, visit www.qlogic.com. 0

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