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QLogic, NetApp, Nuova Team

DALLAS -- QLogic Corp. (NASDAQ:QLGC), a leader in networking for storage and high-performance computing (HPC), today announced that QLogic, Network Appliance and Nuova Systems are demonstrating the industrys first converged network with Fibre Channel Over Ethernet (FCoE) technology. The technology demonstration includes converged network adapters (CNAs) from QLogic, FCoE technology from Nuova Systems and FCoE storage from Network Appliance. SNW attendees will see an entirely new generation of converged networking technology designed to provide them a greater return on their data and storage networking investment with a single, converged fabric.

“By leveraging proven technology such as 10GbE, FCoE can viably deliver cost and simplicity advantages through network convergence,” said Joel Reich, general manager of the SANiSAN business unit, NetApp. “Longer term, the ability to deliver I/O consolidation will benefit enterprises and enable more protocol options.”

“FCoE is an evolution of Fibre Channel that will provide data center managers a path for I/O consolidation on their servers and a converged fabric with benefits of cost, power and network simplification, while retaining the management attributes for both LAN and storage administrators,” said Soni Jiandani, CMO, Nuova Systems. “Nuova Systems is committed to working closely with leading ecosystem partners in the industry to enable FCoE solutions in the 2008 timeframe.”

“FCoE requires the use of a new class of converged network adapters that appear to the operating system like a Fibre Channel HBA and an Ethernet NIC consolidated into a single adapter,” said Jeff Benck, president and chief operating officer, QLogic. “Converged network adapters from QLogic are designed to preserve our customers’ investment in proven Fibre Channel software stacks from QLogic and provide an ability to run data networking traffic simultaneously.”

QLogic Corp.