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QLogic Powers High Performance 10Gb Ethernet and 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel Connectivity for NEC Server and Storage Systems

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Jan. 14, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced that its 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) and 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology is now shipping in NEC Express5800 servers and iStorage disk arrays. QLogic and NEC share an ongoing commitment to address enterprise-class storage and server requirements created by performance-intensive enterprise applications and advanced computing platforms.

"NEC offers a complete line of highly efficient Express5800 servers and iStorage arrays for small and medium sized business and large enterprises," said Tetsuyuki Hishikawa, general manager for storage system, Storage Systems Department, IT Platform Division, NEC Corporation. "QLogic's broad line of high-performance 10GbE and Gen5 Fibre Channel solutions allows NEC to deliver best-in-class, end-to-end networking solutions on both server and storage platforms, and meet the demanding requirements of cloud environments and virtualized data centers."

QLogic is providing a complete range of solutions for NEC that includes 10GbE NIC and 10GbE iSCSI adapters and mezzanine cards for Express5800 servers, as well as converged target controllers for iStorage disk arrays that deliver Gen 5 Fibre Channel and 10GbE iSCSI connectivity.

"NEC continues to be a key customer that enhances QLogic's strong, growing presence in Japan," said Vikram Karvat, vice president of products, marketing and planning, QLogic. "Our market-leading Fibre Channel solutions and our recently enhanced portfolio of 10GbE technology offer exceptional value and superior performance and allow us to collaborate with large OEMs such as NEC to deliver enterprise-grade networking and storage solutions to the global marketplace."

QLogic 10Gb Ethernet and Gen 5 Fibre Channel: Performance with Flexibility

By delivering wire-speed 10GbE performance with low CPU utilization, QLogic 10GbE adapters excel in modern computing environments. Featuring multiple protocol offload and concurrent LAN (TCP/IP) and SAN (FCoE, iSCSI) protocol processing over a shared 10GbE link, QLogic 10GbE adapters offer maximum flexibility. Ultra-low CPU utilization frees up server cycles for business-critical applications and the increased mobility of virtual machines (VMs).

Award-winning QLogic 2600 Series Gen 5 solutions are designed to deliver the performance and reliability that have made QLogic the leader in Fibre Channel adapters for 10 consecutive years. QLogic market share leadership is driven by IT professionals in Global 2000 corporate data centers where virtualization-dominated IT landscapes and enterprise I/O performance is crucial. Fibre Channel adapters from QLogic offer a suite of technology advancements that enable storage administrators in large enterprises to ensure comprehensive business continuity, maintain application performance and cost-effectively scale their networks.

Why QLogic?

The most advanced networks demand sophisticated capabilities, and for 20 years QLogic has consistently delivered performance, innovation, flexibility, reliability and control for these environments. Breakthrough application performance gives customers faster time-to-data. Innovation delivers new capabilities, greater efficiency and maximum performance. Unprecedented flexibility connects mission-critical applications to any storage network, and robust infrastructure management capabilities put network controls in the hands of customers.

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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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