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QLogic Introduces New 10Gb Intelligent Ethernet Adapters

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., June 22, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Complementing its strengths in storage and server networking solutions, QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC) today expanded its data networking portfolio with the introduction of the all-new 3100 Series Intelligent Ethernet Adapters, offering fast 10Gb/sec Ethernet connectivity for bandwidth-intensive applications such as virtualization, database clustering, IP content delivery and grid computing.

Optimized for virtual environments -- and fully compatible with hypervisors such as VMware VSphere 4.0, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer 5.2 -- the adapters enable the creation of Virtual Private Interfaces, which provide dedicated bandwidth and security for individual applications and improved utilization of existing resources. The adapters are currently available through QLogic channel partners worldwide.

According to Dell'Oro Group, 10Gb Ethernet network adapter revenue is expected to increase, on average, by almost 50 percent annually from 2008 to 2013 reaching nearly $800 million. "10Gb Ethernet network adapter port shipments are expected to, on average, almost double annually, reaching over four million ports shipped during the same timeframe," said Seamus Crehan, vice president, Dell'Oro Group.

"The shift toward increased server virtualization, internal and external clouds and the use of SSDs are rapidly driving the need for faster data pipes," said Deni Connor, senior analyst, Storage Strategies Now. "The performance of Ethernet has consistently evolved and 10Gb Ethernet is optimized for next generation data centers deploying these technologies. With today's announcement, QLogic is positioned to address the full range of networking requirements -- from Fibre Channel to Ethernet to iSCSI to Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) -- on a truly global scale."

QLogic 3100 Series Intelligent Ethernet Adapters are low profile Ethernet-to-PCI Express adapters that support advanced protocol offload, significantly improving the throughput performance of servers, server appliances and storage platforms, while reducing host CPU utilization. The adapter architecture consists of fully programmable protocol processing engines that are designed to offload and accelerate processing tasks from layer 3 through layer 7 off the networking stack.

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