QLogic Joins OpenPOWER Foundation

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Oct. 8, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced that it has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture.

QLogic joins a growing roster of technology organizations working collaboratively to build advanced server, networking, storage and acceleration technology to enable those responsible for data centers to rethink their approach to technology. The OpenPOWER Foundation aims at delivering more choice, control and flexibility to developers of next-generation, hyperscale and cloud data centers. The group makes POWER hardware and software available to open development for the first time, as well as making POWER intellectual property licensable to others, greatly expanding the ecosystem of innovators on the platform.

“QLogic is looking forward to working with OpenPOWER member organizations to deliver our unique brand of innovation to the market. Today’s demand for cloud-based services, along with the growing popularity of connected, mobile devices, require data center architectures to deliver incredible scalability, flexibility and performance,” said Vikram Karvat, vice president of marketing, QLogic. “As a market leader in Fibre Channel and Ethernet adapters and the industry’s frontrunner in innovative data center I/O solutions, QLogic will enhance functionality for highly virtualized, open standards-based, cloud and web-scale data centers based on the IBM POWER platform.”

The OpenPOWER Foundation aims to drive expansion of enterprise-class, data center hardware and software, giving the industry greater ability to innovate across the POWER platform. The OpenPOWER ecosystem enables customers to build best-in-class systems finely tuned to the POWER architecture.

“The development model of the OpenPOWER Foundation is one based on collaboration and represents a new way of innovating around processor technology for big data and cloud,” said Brad McCredie, president, OpenPOWER Foundation. “With QLogic joining this initiative we have significantly expanded our base of technology providers, as they bring a wealth of high performance networking and storage expertise, technology and innovation ability to OpenPOWER, allowing us to capitalize on emerging workloads.”

QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel Adapters: Greater Security, Reliability and Scalability

QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel adapters are designed to tackle high bandwidth, I/O-intensive applications, such as virtualization, streaming media, online transaction processing, big data analytics and data warehousing where reliability is critical. The underlying driver stack in QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology is proven in more than 15 million ports shipped to enterprise data centers around the world.

The QLogic dual-port ASIC is designed with the company’s unique multi-port traffic isolation feature for greater reliability and security on dual-port models. This unique architecture, with complete on-chip CPU and memory isolation across both ports of the adapter, ensures that if one port should encounter issues, the second, isolated port will continue to function securely and without interruption. With two independent channels, I/O imbalances, error recovery or firmware updates on one port do not impact the second port. This enables the adapter to offer secure, deterministically predictive and scalable port performance and increased reliability. This is essential for enterprise data centers—assuring the highest levels of availability for mission-critical applications.

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.

Disclaimer – Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements relating to future results of the company (including certain beliefs and projections regarding business and market trends) that are “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in the forward-looking statements. The company advises readers that these potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: potential fluctuations in operating results; gross margins that may vary over time; unfavorable economic conditions; the stock price of the company may be volatile; the company’s dependence on the networking markets served; the ability to maintain and gain market or industry acceptance of the company’s products; the company’s dependence on a small number of customers; the company’s ability to compete effectively with other companies; uncertain benefits from strategic business combinations, acquisitions and divestitures; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; the complexity of the company’s products; declining average unit sales prices of comparable products; the company’s dependence on sole source and limited source suppliers; the company’s dependence on relationships with certain third-party subcontractors and contract manufacturers; sales fluctuations arising from customer transitions to new products; seasonal fluctuations and uneven sales patterns in orders from customers; changes in the company’s tax provisions or adverse outcomes resulting from examination of its income tax returns; international economic, currency, regulatory, political and other risks; facilities of the company and its suppliers and customers are located in areas subject to natural disasters; the ability to protect proprietary rights; the ability to satisfactorily resolve any infringement claims; a reduction in sales efforts by current distributors; declines in the market value of the company’s marketable securities; changes in and compliance with regulations; difficulties in transitioning to smaller geometry process technologies; the use of “open source” software in the company’s products; system security risks, data protection breaches and cyber-attacks; and the company’s ability to borrow under its credit agreement is subject to certain covenants.

More detailed information on these and additional factors that could affect the company’s operating and financial results are described in the company’s Forms 10-K, 10-Q and other reports filed, or to be filed, with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company urges all interested parties to read these reports to gain a better understanding of the business and other risks that the company faces. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made only as of the date hereof, and the company does not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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CONTACT:

Media Contact:
Steve Sturgeon
QLogic Corporation
858.472.5669
steve.sturgeon@qlogic.com

Investor Contact:
Doug Naylor
QLogic Corporation
949.542.1330
doug.naylor@qlogic.com

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