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QLogic announced it is demonstrating end-to-end support of its HBA virtualization technologies in the Novell booth at the LinuxWorld show

August 7, 2007

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SAN FRANCISCO -- QLogicCorp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leader in networking for storage and highperformance computing, today announced it is demonstrating end-to-endsupport of its HBA virtualization technologies in the Novell booth atthe LinuxWorld show this week in San Francisco. Show attendees willwitness a live demonstration of virtual machine (VM) migration,leveraging the N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) functionality ofQLogic(r) SANblade(r) Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) andSANbox(r) switches in a standard Linux environment. QLogic and Novellhave been actively collaborating since 2006 to bring the benefits ofhardware virtualization capabilities in Fibre Channel HBAs to Novell'sSUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) customers.

"QLogic is first to market with NPIV technology for Linux OSenvironments, thanks in large part to our collaboration with Novell,"said Amit Vashi, vice president of marketing, QLogic Host SolutionsGroup. "Today's demonstration illustrates how Novell's SLES customerswill be able to manage virtual machines and NPIV capabilities using asingle management utility. Customers can expect to gain access tocomprehensive virtualization solutions by the end of the year."

Novell is the first vendor to support the QLogic(r) N_Port IDVirtualization (NPIV) technology for Linux operating systems, allowingstorage administrators to create virtual HBA ports using acomprehensive systems management tool. Novell(r) ZENworks(r)Orchestrator and Virtual Machine Management, an innovative component ofthe Novell data center management solution, not only manages VMs butalso has the capability to create and provision virtual HBA portsacross multiple physical servers. Storage administrators who deployZENworks Orchestrator and Virtual Machine Management along with QLogicSANblade(r) 2400 Series 4Gb Fibre Channel HBAs can now create virtualmachines and ports that are easier to manage, maintain and supportacross the virtualized data center.

Without virtual HBA ports, storage administrators must use the physicalWorld Wide Port Name (WWPN) of the HBA to define fabric zones, maskstorage LUNs, and configure VMs. In addition, storage administratorstypically define one zone where all disks are exposed to every serverto support live migrations of VMs to new servers. This one-zone designcreates security concerns for disks with sensitive information andrequires the reconfiguration of the network if more than one zone isdefined. Virtual HBA ports allow storage administrators to bind VMs tostorage and define multiple zones using the virtual port parameters,creating an easier-to-manage and more secured virtualized environment.

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