updated 11/16/2010 8:17:22 AM ET 2010-11-16T13:17:22

NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 16, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capitalizing on its leadership position in Quad Data Rate (QDR) InfiniBand® and 10Gb Ethernet solutions, QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC) today announced the QLogic® 12400, a turnkey gateway that links InfiniBand clusters to the Ethernet cloud. This 26-port, QDR 40Gb/second InfiniBand gateway with six 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) ports provides seamless connectivity between an organization's Ethernet infrastructure and InfiniBand networks, resulting in high-speed cloud access for high performance computing (HPC) resources.

With three times as many 10GbE ports as the nearest competitive alternative, the QLogic 12400 gateway implementation maximizes Ethernet bandwidth and message rates while delivering low end-to-end latency. The QLogic 12400 provides the necessary 40Gb/sec bandwidth for high-throughput HPC applications, and with an internal fabric capacity of 2.2Tb/sec, the QLogic 12400 provides superior performance for even the most demanding HPC challenges.

"More and more organizations are looking for ways to cost-effectively provide transparent access between their HPC clusters and Ethernet infrastructure and gain greater access to cloud computing resources," said Jesse Parker, vice president and general manager, Network Solutions Group, QLogic. "QLogic has responded by delivering the 12400, which leverages our industry-leading InfiniBand expertise into the Ethernet infrastructure. By providing three times as many 10GbE ports as competitive solutions in a turnkey product, the QLogic 12400 delivers significant savings by reducing complexity and eliminating the need for host-based gateways."

"IT administrators are finding it imperative to provide their clustered file systems with cost-effective, high performance access across their entire organization," said Stuart Miniman, senior analyst, Wikibon. "Since these organizations are working with an average of about six shelves or more of networked storage and each shelf requires two 10GbE ports, the QLogic 12400 is able to provide all the necessary high speed Ethernet connectivity in a single device. By streamlining 10GbE networking with one third the hardware of other solutions, QLogic cuts down on costs, points of failure and points of management."

Available next quarter, the 1 rack unit (1RU) QLogic 12400 offers a wide variety of key features and benefits including:

  • Transparent, high performance access to shared or centralized Ethernet resources for improved time-to-solution
  • Virtual NIC architecture enables simple, turnkey installation and operation
  • Virtual Fabrics provide a unique class and quality of service for each traffic type for optimal fabric performance and resource utilization
  • Plug-and-play installation and operation to minimize operational costs
  • Fully compliant with InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) v1.2.1 specification, ensuring the ability to interoperate with all other IBTA-compliant devices
  • Embedded subnet manager for deployment flexibility
  • Enhanced availability and serviceability through redundant and removable power/cooling

InfiniBand Networks Powered by QLogic

QLogic offers a comprehensive, end-to-end portfolio of InfiniBand networking products for HPC, including QDR host channel adapters, QDR multi-protocol director and edge switches and intuitive tools to install, operate, and maintain high-performance fabrics. Delivering the industry's highest message rate, lowest MPI latency and highest effective bandwidth, QLogic InfiniBand adapters enable MPI and TCP applications to scale to thousands of nodes with industry-leading price-performance. As the most comprehensive and flexible HPC cluster interconnect fabric solutions on the market, QLogic QDR InfiniBand switches incorporate the industry's only management tools that enable an administrator to install and boot an InfiniBand fabric in minutes, helping to accommodate the growing demand for high performance computational clusters and grids.

For more information on QLogic 12400 Series InfiniBand switches, visit: http://www.qlogic.com/Products/Switches/Pages/InfiniBandSwitches.aspx

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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.

Disclaimer - Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains statements relating to future results of the company (including certain beliefs and projections regarding business 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: declines in information technology spending levels; potential fluctuations in operating results; gross margins that may vary over time; the stock price of the company may be volatile; the company's dependence on the networking markets served; potential adverse effects of increased market acceptance of blade servers; 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; seasonal fluctuations and uneven sales patterns in orders from customers; the company's ability to compete effectively with other companies; declining average unit sales prices of comparable products; a reduction in sales efforts by current distributors; 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; declines in the market value of the company's investment securities; the complexity of the company's products; sales fluctuations arising from customer transitions to new products; changes in the company's tax provisions or adverse outcomes resulting from examination of its income tax returns; environmental compliance costs; international economic, regulatory, political and other risks; uncertain benefits from strategic business combinations; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; difficulties in transitioning to smaller geometry process technologies; the ability to protect proprietary rights; the ability to satisfactorily resolve any infringement claims; the use of "open source" software in the company's products; changes in regulations or standards regarding energy use of the company's products; computer viruses and other tampering with the company's computer systems; and facilities of the company and its suppliers and customers are located in areas subject to natural disasters.

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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