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QLogic Champions Innovation in Ethernet Networking, Joins 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Oct. 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced that it has joined the 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium. The consortium is an association of high-profile companies devoted to developing a new, standardized specification to allow data center network transmissions to run over a 25 or 50 gigabit per second (Gb) Ethernet link protocol. QLogic continues to drive innovation in data center I/O and is adding its expertise to help turn advanced 25Gb Ethernet into a disruptive inflection point in the networking industry.

The 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium was formed by leading cloud networking technology providers to support an industry-standard, interoperable Ethernet specification that boosts performance and slashes the interconnect cost-per-Gbps between the server network interface controller (NIC) and top-of-rack (ToR) switch. Whereas today's 40Gb Ethernet networks require four 10GbE lanes, the specification adopted by the consortium prescribes a single-lane 25Gb Ethernet and dual-lane 50Gb Ethernet link protocol, enabling up to 250 percent more bandwidth. The resulting benefit is lower costs and easier deployments.

"QLogic has a long track record of developing and shaping industry standards that make positive change in the marketplace," said Greg Scherer, vice president of engineering, QLogic. "As cloud-based networks continue to rapidly proliferate, they will require considerably more bandwidth and efficiency than what is currently available. The 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium has the necessary resources to change the future of networking. QLogic has significantly expanded its high-speed Ethernet portfolio and will offer a great deal of credibility and value-add to the consortium and the resulting specifications."

Initially created to address hyper-scale data centers, the 25Gb Ethernet specification is now on the standards track within the IEEE. This makes the specification a viable solution in enterprises and managed service provider (MSP) data centers, which require standards-based interoperability and longevity. Available royalty-free to any data center ecosystem vendor or consumer who joins the consortium, the new specification will enable the cost-efficient scaling of network bandwidth delivered to server and storage endpoints in next-generation cloud infrastructure, where workloads are expected to surpass the capacity of 10Gb or 40Gb Ethernet links deployed today.

QLogic Ethernet Adapter Solutions: High Performance with Flexibility

By delivering high performance Ethernet with low CPU utilization, QLogic adapters excel in virtualized environments. Featuring multiple protocol offload and concurrent LAN (TCP/IP) and SAN (FCoE, iSCSI) protocol processing over a shared Ethernet link, QLogic adapters offer maximum flexibility. Ultra-low CPU utilization frees up server cycles for business-critical applications and the increased mobility of virtual machines (VMs). QLogic QConvergeConsole™ adds multi-platform, single-pane-of-glass management of FCoE, iSCSI and TCP/IP protocols for ease-of-administration and converged network deployment.

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QLogic – the Ultimate in Performance

QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC) is a global leader and technology innovator in high performance server and storage networking connectivity products. Leading OEMs and channel partners worldwide rely on QLogic for their server and storage networking solutions. For more information, visit www.qlogic.com.

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