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QLogic's Tony Carrozza Recognized as 2015 CRN Channel Chief

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Feb. 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced that Tony Carrozza, senior vice president of sales, QLogic, has been named to the prestigious list of the 2015 CRN Channel Chiefs. The influential executives on this annual list represent the most powerful leaders in the IT channel who hold direct responsibility for driving growth and revenue for their organizations through their indirect channel partners.

Individuals are selected for inclusion based on their track record of channel accomplishments, standing in the industry, dedication to the partner community, and plans for driving future business innovation and channel growth. The 2015 CRN Channel Chiefs have demonstrated their enduring support for the channel by consistently defending, promoting and executing effective channel partner programs and strategies.

Under Carrozza's leadership in 2014, QLogic developed and launched a line of 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) adapter solutions designed specifically for the channel. The underlying technology for these products had previously been available only through industry-leading server OEMs, but Carrozza and QLogic recognized that to serve the growing cloud, MSP and white box opportunities in the market, the company needed to build a set of features, programs and resources to support the unique requirements and needs of channel partners and their customers. In conjunction with the 10GbE product launch, Carrozza also implemented a design registration program specifically to help systems integrators maximize their profit opportunity when embedding QLogic 10GbE adapters in their solutions.

"As we look to expand our 10GbE customer base, QLogic channel partners are playing an increasingly critical role in our go-to-market strategy," said Carrozza. "The launch of our next-generation 10GbE product line, including NIC and converged protocol versions, gives QLogic channel partners numerous opportunities to increase their revenue by offering the right Ethernet solution for the right customer situations. By providing customers with I/O connectivity options that are tailored to their workload and performance needs, we are seeing momentum in the addition of new channel partners and managed service providers."

"Each year, our editors carefully vet an extensive group of highly accomplished channel executives to highlight those exemplary individuals who earn the mantle of CRN Channel Chief. These executives strive to advance the success and standing of the channel community within their organizations. The 2015 CRN Channel Chiefs lead by example and serve as valuable advocates to help ensure the health and longevity of the IT channel. We applaud their accomplishments and look forward to their continued success," said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company.

The 2015 CRN Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February 2015 issue of CRN, and online at www.CRN.com.

About The Channel Company

The Channel Company, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED and SharedVue, is the channel community's trusted authority for growth and innovation. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more at www.thechannelcompany.com.

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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