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QLogic Debuts HBA

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. -- QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), the leader in Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs), stackable switches and blade server switches, today announced that it has completed a license agreement with Sun Microsystems and joined the OpenSolaris storage community, making it the first company to offer fully qualified Fibre Channel HBAs and technology for OpenSolaris. The OpenSolaris storage community was created by Sun so that developers, ISVs, and customers could leverage open source to drive innovation and new market opportunities for storage. The OpenSolaris storage community is a place for collaboration and conversation around OpenSolaris storage technology. By making their Fibre Channel HBA technology available for OpenSolaris, QLogic has contributed an important component of the storage stack to the open source world.

The Solaris platform has played a critical part in the advancement of storage area networking in the enterprise. The OpenSolaris storage community fosters co-operation among developers and ultimately greater innovation and functionality in the marketplace,” said Amit Vashi, senior director of marketing, QLogic Host Solutions Group. “Through our long-standing relationship with Sun and the OpenSolaris community, QLogic is honored to be the first company to deliver fully qualified Fibre Channel HBAs for OpenSolaris.”

A Broad Opportunity for the Open Source Community

More than 95 percent of Fibre Channel HBAs in Solaris OS environments are from QLogic. This large installed base encompasses the entire range of Sun application and hardware environments. OpenSolaris presents a rich opportunity for developers using open source to add functionality or customize storage technology for new applications and platforms.

“QLogic has been a highly valued partner in storage networking solutions for many years,” said Nigel Dessau, senior vice president of marketing and business operations, Sun Microsystems. “Their participation in the OpenSolaris storage community is critical as we work together to address the needs of Global 2000 companies who need highly functional, open storage solutions.”

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