updated 5/24/2011 8:16:19 AM ET 2011-05-24T12:16:19

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., May 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC) today announced that its 8200 Series 10GbE converged network adapters (CNAs) are now offered within a broad range of Dell PowerEdge blade servers. QLogic® 8200 Series adapters excel in cloud computing environments, utilizing QLogic's unique ConvergeFlex technology, which enables convergence of storage and data networking over 10Gb Ethernet through concurrent multi-protocol support, including TCP/IP, FCoE, and iSCSI on the same hardware.

Dell and QLogic are driving next-generation server I/O virtualization with switch-agnostic NIC partitioning, based on QLogic VMflex technology, which virtualizes physical 10GbE ports into virtual ports, each capable of iSCSI, FCoE or TCP/IP protocols and allows for VM-to-VM communication within physical machines, without using switches, resulting in lower latencies and increased performance for virtualized data centers. QLogic's field-proven and interoperable iSCSI and FCoE solutions, including boot-from-SAN features, offer cloud service providers and the converged enterprise the industry's lowest CPU utilization while running multiple, simultaneous protocols.

"QLogic and Dell are collaborating to bring to enterprise datacenters innovative features such as VMflex and ConvergeFlex thereby allowing seamless migration to converged infrastructure in virtualized, cloud environments," said Amit Vashi, vice president, marketing, Host Solutions Group, QLogic. "These QLogic 3GCNA adapters provide the first concurrent, multi-protocol convergence solution for Dell blade server environments."

Unlike competitive I/O virtualization solutions which are switch-dependent, VMflex is protocol- and switch-agnostic in multiple operating system and hypervisor environments, including VMware, making all virtualization-friendly features available to customers looking to consolidate hardware over 10Gb Ethernet. VMflex delivers superior networking performance to VMs in virtualized environments and lowers total-cost-of-ownership, while serving as a bridge to Single Root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV).

"Due to the fact that it doesn't require a proprietary switch infrastructure, this unique NIC partitioning technology coupled with our PowerEdge blades gives customers a lower total-cost-of-ownership for deploying cloud computing and virtualized environments," said Brian Payne, executive director of Platform Marketing for Dell's PowerEdge Server portfolio. "By enabling organizations to transition from Fibre Chanel to FCoE or iSCSI over 10Gb Ethernet, the 8200 Series makes it easier to build more efficient and flexible networks."

The entire QLogic 3GCNA portfolio is fully integrated in Dell System Management tools like Dell Universal Server Configurator and will soon be managed by Dell workload management tools. Users can also manage the portfolio using the QConvergeConsole™, which provides 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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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.

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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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         QLogic Corporation
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