QLogic Awarded 5-Star Rating in CRN's Partner Program Guide for Fourth Consecutive Year

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., March 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced the QLogic® Signature Partner Program has been awarded a 5-Star rating in The Channel Company's CRN® 2015 Partner Program Guide. This annual directory is the definitive listing of technology vendors that service solution providers or provide products through the IT channel. The 5-Star Partner Program rating recognizes an elite subset of companies that offer solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.

In the past year, QLogic developed and launched a line of 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) adapter solutions designed specifically for the channel as a complement to its existing Fibre Channel solutions. The underlying technology for these products had previously been available only through industry-leading server OEMs, but 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 of channel partners and their customers. The company also implemented a design registration program specifically to help systems integrators maximize their profit opportunity when embedding QLogic 10GbE and Fibre Channel adapters in their solutions.

To determine the 2015 5-Star recipients, The Channel Company's Research team assessed each vendor's application based on investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support and communication.

"Our channel partners play a vital role in our go-to-market strategy, as we continue to make progress in expanding our 10GbE and Fibre Channel customer bases," said Tony Carrozza, senior vice president of sales, QLogic. "Our diverse 10GbE adapter portfolio includes both intelligent Ethernet adapters and converged networking solutions, which equip channel partners and managed service providers with products that are optimized to address their customers' differing performance requirements."

"Solution providers have a lot of choices when it comes to selecting vendor partners. Identifying the right vendor, with the right technologies, and the right approach can make all the difference," said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. "Our annual Partner Program Guide and 5-Star rating recognizes the best channel programs available in the market today to help solution providers determine which vendors deliver the best partner elements for their individual business goals."

The 2015 Partner Program Guide will be featured in the April issue of CRN, and online at www.CRN.com

Resellers interested in qualifying for the QLogic Signature Partner Program should send inquiries to channelmarketing@qlogic.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.

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.

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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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