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HDS Resells QLogic Switches

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. -- QLogic Corp. (NASDAQ:QLGC), a leader in networking for storage and high performance computing (HPC), today announced that its SANbox 5600Q Series Fibre Channel stackable switches are now available from Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), and authorized Hitachi Data Systems resellers. SANbox 5600Q Series Fibre Channel stackable switches scale from eight to 16 user ports with the option to stack up to six SANbox 5600Q switches via four-packs of high speed 10Gb Fibre Channel inter-switch link (ISL) ports, yielding 96 total user ports. Additionally, Hitachi Data Systems has simplified the configuration of their SANbox 5600Q offerings, to include cost-competitive eight, 16 or 20 active port versions, along with all necessary 4Gb small form factor pluggables (SFPs) and applicable rail kits. This innovative approach gives customers seamless scalability and high performance in a pay-as-you-grow solution.

“The addition of the 5600Q Series is another in a long line of examples of how Hitachi Data Systems empowers its customers with best-of-breed storage networking solutions,” said Jesse Parker, vice president and general manager, QLogic Network Solutions Group. “By combining these highly innovative switches with Hitachi Data Systems storage solutions, customers can implement powerful, scaleable storage networks.”

“Hitachi Data Systems customers appreciate innovative, scalable storage networking solutions and the SANbox 5600Q Series embodies both of those characteristics,” said Steve TenBarge, vice president, Global Product Marketing, Hitachi Data Systems. “Stackable Fibre Channel switches enable businesses to easily and quickly grow their SAN user ports. Companies can start with as few as eight ports and ramp up to 96 ports by simply adding more switches to the stack. The dedicated 10Gb ISL ports make the process clean and easy.”

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