updated 11/10/2010 9:16:30 AM ET 2010-11-10T14:16:30

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Nov. 10, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As part of an overarching strategy to partner with Ethernet switch vendors looking to offer their customers the benefits of network convergence, QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC) today announced it will team with Avaya to provide QLogic's new 10GbE converged network switching technology—code named "Bullet"—to support Avaya's new Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture.

Specifically, QLogic plans to introduce a new 8-Port Converged Network Switching Module that simplifies networking by adding Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) capabilities to provide access for virtual and physical servers to Ethernet LANs and Fibre Channel SANs over a single, high-speed 10GbE data pipe. These enhanced capabilities make the combined Avaya-QLogic solution ideally suited for cloud computing environments, virtualized data centers and the converged enterprise.

Based on the breakthrough QLogic "Bullet" FCoE switching ASIC, the solution features QLogic's industry-first, protocol-agnostic flex port technology that enables any port to be dynamically allocated to support Fibre Channel, 10Gb Ethernet, iSCSI or FCoE data. As a key enabler of QLogic's Adaptive Convergence strategy, QLogic flex port technology provides variable connectivity options and complete flexibility, enabling customer-paced network convergence, and removes all guess work around the selection of port types and ratios. With flex ports that can shift protocol support on-the-fly, today's announcement signals another leap forward for Avaya and QLogic in intelligent switching technology and network convergence.

"QLogic's game-changing FCoE switching technology has earned another design win from a major Ethernet networking vendor. We expect that our relationship with Avaya will expand market opportunities for both companies," said Jesse Parker, vice president and general manager, Network Solutions Group, QLogic. "No longer forced to use switches with narrow, fixed-port, fixed-protocol limitations, businesses now have a real choice with Avaya Ethernet switches and QLogic converged network switching technology. Our protocol-agnostic flex port approach allows organizations to map virtual ports to virtual machines across any protocol in the data center for unmatched flexibility and ease-of-deployment, critical for the converged enterprise."  

The Converged Network Switching Module provides a high-performance 8Gb Fibre Channel and/or 10Gb CEE/FCoE expanded connectivity solution. The module's exclusive flex port technology lets businesses decide the mix of Ethernet or Fibre Channel connectivity needed to support their infrastructure goals and easily change the format of the eight user ports as business requirements evolve. Configured for Fibre Channel, the module allows CNA-enabled servers attached to Avaya Ethernet switches to access new or existing Fibre Channel storage resources without the need for higher cost, external top-of-rack FCoE switches.

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About QLogic

QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC) is a global leader and technology innovator in high performance networking, including adapters, switches and ASICs. Leading OEMs and channel partners worldwide rely on QLogic products for their data, storage and server networking solutions. QLogic is a NASDAQ Global Select company and is included in the S&P 500. For more information, visit www.qlogic.com .

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More detailed information on these and additional factors which 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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