updated 1/27/2011 8:15:57 AM ET 2011-01-27T13:15:57

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Jan. 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC) today announced that its 3200 Series 10GbE intelligent Ethernet adapters and 8200 Series 10GbE converged network adapters (CNAs) are now fully certified and available in HP ProLiant ML and DL rackmount and tower servers.

The QLogic® 8200 Series CNA and the QLogic 3200 Series Ethernet adapter mark the beginning of a new era of flexible data center technologies. QLogic 3GCNA products are designed to address the increasingly complex requirements of virtualized data centers, cloud service providers and the converged enterprise. All of these environments require 10GbE line-rate throughput for virtualized data and storage traffic, support for concurrent protocols, and low CPU utilization to allow for extreme mobility of virtual machines (VMs). The QLogic 3GCNA portfolio addresses these requirements with products that are protocol- and OS-agnostic and support exabyte-level scalability.

"As part of our Adaptive Convergence strategy, QLogic is providing flexible network resources across the enterprise that help convergence leaders deliver adaptable, autonomic and flexible IT environments," said Amit Vashi, vice president, marketing, Host Solutions Group, QLogic. "QLogic 10GbE technology addresses new data, storage and server networking solutions that are optimized for virtualized data centers, converged enterprises and cloud computing environments."

"Clients are looking for cost-effective data center network architectures that are both flexible and agile," said McLeod Glass, director of marketing, Industry Standard Servers, Enterprise Storage, Servers and Networking, HP. "To increase flexibility, HP ProLiant servers combined with QLogic's 3GCNA automatically converge data and storage networks into one platform that addresses a variety of workloads while also providing variable connectivity options across the data center."

The QLogic 8200 Series CNA and the QLogic 3200 Series 10GbE adapter, available from HP as the HP StorageWorks CN1000Q Dual Port Converged Network Adapter and HP NC523SFP Dual Port 10GbE Server Adapter respectively, are designed, developed and delivered with the customer in mind. The first HP StorageWorks adapter to incorporate QLogic CNA technology, the QLogic 8200 Series provides proven interoperability and reduced acquisition, operational and power costs by consolidating Fibre Channel and Ethernet into a single Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) adapter. The latest QLogic 10GbE adapter to ship from HP, the QLogic 3200 Series supports full 10GbE line-rate speeds with two ports active and attaches to the host server via a PCIe Gen2 x8 bus, eliminating any bottleneck on the host bus.

By delivering 10GbE performance with low CPU utilization, the QLogic 8200 Series excels in virtualized environments, utilizing QLogic's unique flexible networking technologies including:

-- ConvergeFlex™: concurrent protocol processing services including FCoE, NIC and iSCSI

-- VMflex™: advanced virtualization services

-- FlexOffload™: multiple protocol offload services

The QLogic 3200 Series provides multiple stateless offloads to reduce CPU burden and improve server performance. The 3200 Series supports a variety of external connection options including SFP+ direct-attach copper cables and optical SR, and is supported by HP Flex-10 and HP FlexFabric. 

QLogic 3200 and 8200 10GbE adapters offer ultra-low CPU utilization, freeing up server cycles for business-critical applications and the increased mobility of VMs. QLogic 3GCNA adapters are fully interoperable with all existing LAN, NAS and SAN environments and support nearly every hypervisor, operating system and boot environment. The entire portfolio is managed by the new ConvergeConsole™, which provides multi-platform, single-pane-of-glass management of FCoE and IP functions for ease-of-administration and converged network deployment.

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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. 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.

QLogic and the QLogic logo are registered trademarks of QLogic Corporation. Other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of the companies with which they are associated.

CONTACT:  Media Contact:
          Sonal Dave
          QLogic Corporation
          949.533.1655
          sonal.dave@qlogic.com

          Investor Contact:
          Doug Naylor
          QLogic Corporation 
          949.389.7525 
          doug.naylor@qlogic.com

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