QLogic FlexSuite Adapters Certified With New Cisco MDS Storage Switches

QLogic FlexSuite Adapters Certified With New Cisco MDS Storage Switches

QLogic Extends Value of Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director With I/OFlex
Technology for Multi-Protocol Connectivity and High-Availability Architecture

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., May 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC)
today announced that the new Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director is certified
for use with QLogic® FlexSuite™ adapters. The combination of QLogic FlexSuite
adapters and Cisco MDS switches provides flexible, high performance building
blocks for next-generation storage area networks (SANs).

The Cisco MDS portfolio offers flexible, multi-protocol solutions for Fibre
Channel, FICON, Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP), iSCSI, and converged networking
with Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). QLogic's award-winning,
dual-personality 2600 and 8300 Series FlexSuite adapters with I/OFlex
technology function as 4/8/16Gb Fibre Channel adapters or as 10Gb Ethernet
(10GbE) converged network adapters (CNAs). Combined with the latest Cisco
offerings, QLogic FlexSuite solutions provide customers tremendous flexibility
and investment protection with multi-protocol choices that future-proof SAN
server and storage connectivity.

The 16Gb Fibre Channel Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director delivers 24
terabytes per second of total switching capacity, three times the bandwidth of
any other storage director in the industry. QLogic FlexSuite 2600 Series
adapters provide three times the performance and double the throughput of
previous-generation products. Together, these QLogic and Cisco solutions
shorten backup and restore windows, and provide high-performance connectivity
for moving large data sets across the network.

The Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director is a highly reliable storage director
with N+1 fabric, fully redundant components and a fault-tolerant architectural
design.QLogic's high-availability architecture provides port-level isolation,
adding an additional layer of reliability, scalability and security with each
port having its own set of processor, memory and firmware resources. The
combination of QLogic FlexSuite adapters and the Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer
Director provides non-stop operations with predictable scalability. 

"Cisco and QLogic continue to deliver the performance and architectural
flexibility that enable data centers to be more agile, cost-effective and
reliable," said Amit Vashi vice president of marketing, Host Solutions Group,
QLogic. "Our solutions reduce complexity and deliver new levels of flexibility
to meet the enterprise-class LAN and SAN connectivity demands of today's
servers and storage, as well as provide a future-proof solution for the
service-oriented, cloud-enabled data centers of tomorrow."

"Cisco's MDS solutions and QLogic's Fibre Channel and FCoE adapters unify
customer storage architectures for easy manageability and operations," said
Rajeev Bhardwaj, vice president, Cisco Data Center Group."Cisco is pleased to
work with QLogic to offer an open adapter environment, in which customers can
select best-of-breed interfacesthat best support their infrastructure, with
the assurance of certification and interoperability."

The QLogic FlexSuite product portfolio interoperates with Cisco Data Center
Unified Fabric solutions to address new customer requirements for SANs by
delivering a single platform for both Fibre Channel and FCoE. The continued
growth of data, fueled by virtualization, cloud computing and the adoption of
flash and SSD technology, will require high-bandwidth, zero-downtime,
multi-protocol storage networking solutions. The Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer
Director addresses these concerns with the proven reliability, performance,
availability and scalability needed by today's mission-critical applications
such as Oracle, SAP and SQL. QLogic and Cisco address future data growth
requirements and preserve current IT knowledge with multi-protocol technology
and unmatched flexibility.

QLogic – the Ultimate in Performance

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 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: unfavorable economic conditions; 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; 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; 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; the ability to
attract and retain key personnel; sales fluctuations arising from customer
transitions to new products; seasonal fluctuations and uneven sales patterns
in orders from customers; a reduction in sales efforts by current
distributors; 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; uncertain benefits from strategic business
combinations, acquisitions and divestitures; 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; and
security system risks, data protection breaches and cyber-attacks.

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:
         Steve Sturgeon
         QLogic Corporation
         858.472.5669
         steve.sturgeon@qlogic.com
        
         Investor Contact:
         Jean Hu
         QLogic Corporation
         949.389.7579
         jean.hu@qlogic.com
 
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.