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QLogic and Huawei Partner to Bring 25Gb Ethernet to Scale-Out NAS for Cloud, Converged Infrastructure and Managed Service Providers

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Sept. 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Last week, at Huawei Cloud Congress 2015, Huawei and QLogic announced plans to collaborate on the delivery of 25Gb Ethernet (25GbE) for Huawei's scale-out network-attached storage (NAS) system. Leveraging QLogic's 25GbE technology, the next generation offering of Huawei's OceanStor 9000 system will consolidate data storage, archiving and analyzing capabilities using a symmetrically distributed architecture to deliver exceptional performance, large-scale horizontal expansion capabilities and a super-large, single-file system that provides shared storage for structured and unstructured data.

"Our new OceanStor 9000 product is slated to improve the customer experience, bringing higher network throughput and storage performance to applications, such as media and entertainment, and high performance computing," said Fan Ruiqi, president of the Huawei Storage Product Line. "By enhancing our offering with 25GbE connectivity from QLogic, we will improve its massive data processing efficiency and provide customers with a seamless path to 100GbE for extreme scalability."

Crehan Research recently predicted that the adoption rate of 25GbE will be significantly faster than 10GbE1. QLogic attributes the acceleration of 25GbE adoption to:

1. Over the last 10 years, the adoption of 10GbE has driven economies of scale across the ecosystems for cards, cables, optics and switching.
2. The single lane of 25Gb per second (25Gbps) makes it more saleable and cost effective than 40GbE for the mass market.
3. More than 90 percent of new applications are delivered over Ethernet and the next generation of 25GbE, 50GbE and 100GbE solutions will improve bandwidth, simplify scalability and increase port density, all of which lower total cost of ownership.
4. New cloud and converged infrastructure models are built to leverage up to 100GbE speeds.
5. File and object-based storage are driving the demand for more bandwidth and improved responsiveness.

Built on a highly scalable and programmable platform, QLogic's next generation of Ethernet connectivity leverages the ultra low-latency of RDMA-based Ethernet protocols to create new levels of application and storage scalability, acceleration and delivery. The new Huawei solution will enhance data sharing and analysis efficiency, allowing for the acceleration of cloud and hyperscale workloads. Additionally, with 2.5 times the bandwidth and a reduction in latency with Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA), customers will be able to scale current workloads as their data continues to grow exponentially.

"We are proud to work with Huawei on the development of the next generation in scale-out NAS performance. Our new Ethernet connectivity platform is targeted toward cloud, enterprise and managed service providers who need to scale to 100Gbps bandwidth and accelerate application delivery by reducing latency with RoCE or iWARP," said Shaun Walsh, vice president of corporate marketing, QLogic. "The bottom line is that customers buy our products to improve revenue, scale operations and reduce OPEX; this new scale-out NAS solution will be a critical tool in accomplishing these business goals."

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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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1Crehan Research Long-range Forecast - Server-class Adapter & LOM_Controller: July 2015

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