QLogic Enhances Integration for Fibre Channel in VMware vSphere 5.5

QLogic Enhances Integration for Fibre Channel in VMware vSphere 5.5

Industry Leader in Fibre Channel Adapters and Caching SAN Adapters Introduces
VMware Native Driver Support and New Web-Based Version of QLogic
QConvergeConsole Plug-in for VMware vCenter Server

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VMworld -- QLogic
(Nasdaq:QLGC), the industry leader in Fibre Channel adapters, today announced
that its award-winning FlexSuite™ and FabricCache™ adapters are now supported
by a VMware vSphere 5.5 native inbox driver. Since no Web download is
necessary, inbox drivers save time and simplify the installation process and
support tasks. QLogic adapters are automatically recognized by the OS or
hypervisor and a certified driver is then installed for the appropriate
version of that OS or hypervisor. The native driver model also has tighter
integration with the VMkernel, allowing QLogic to take advantage of
architectural improvements in the kernel to deliver improved performance. The
company also introduced a Web-based version of its QConvergeConsole Plug-in
for VMware vCenter Server, which centralizes and simplifies virtualization
management of adapters and represents further integration with VMware.

"QLogic and VMware have a long history of collaborating on high performance
virtualization solutions for enterprise SANs, beginning with QLogic's delivery
of the industry's first VMware certified Fibre Channel adapter," said Amit
Vashi, vice president of products, technology and planning, QLogic. "QLogic
Fibre Channel adapters are tuned to deliver superior performance for VMware
environments and are now enhanced with improved native driver support and
Web-based plug-ins for increased operational efficiency across VMware hosts
and clusters by centralizing management and improving the end-user experience.
We continue to build on the ubiquity of Fibre Channel and VMware platforms
with our new, innovative FabricCache adapters, which deliver transparent,
server-based flash caching performance acceleration for VMware ESX enabled
servers and server clusters."

Recent research from ESG^1 reveals that Fibre Channel continues to be the
preferred infrastructure for virtual storage. Compared to competitive
offerings, QLogic FlexSuite dual-personality (16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel and
10Gb Converged Ethernet) adapters provide the best real-world performance in
virtualized environments. The chart in this QLogic blog illustrates how the
architecture of QLogic FlexSuite Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel over Ethernet
(FCoE) adapters scale beyond QLogic's nearest rival's shared architecture
approach. Throughput increases from the QLogic card as outstanding I/Os
increase, while the competitor's adapter experiences a decrease in throughput
due to its less scalable architecture.

Additionally, a recent study conducted by Taneja Group^2 also confirms Fibre
Channel is the preferred infrastructure for IT end-users seeking enterprise
storage acceleration. The Storage Acceleration and Performance Technologies
study revealed that server-based storage acceleration solutions, such as
QLogic FabricCache 10000 Series adapters, are the "most valued" by respondents
and that Fibre Channel is the "most preferred" storage protocol for
application acceleration. The study also confirmed that virtualized data
centers have the greatest need for application performance acceleration and
that customers are increasingly investigating enterprise caching for potential
solutions.

QLogic Dual-personality Adapters Double Performance and Provide Flexibility in
VMware Environments

QLogic is advancing its server connectivity leadership by delivering
unparalleled performance and flexibility with its QLogic FlexSuite
dual-personality adapters, the only enterprise networking product to be
awarded 2012 Product of the Year by Storage magazine and SearchStorage.com.
VMworld attendees can learn more about these highly flexible adapters that fit
seamlessly into current SAN installations as 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel host bus
adapters (HBAs) today and provide a future-proof approach to building highly
agile infrastructures by enabling end-user field upgradeability to 10Gb
Ethernet (10GbE)-based converged network adapters (CNAs) in the future.

QLogic FabricCache Adapters Provide New Performance Benefits for ESX Clusters

Clustered and highly virtualized servers have created some of the most
performance-challenged environments in today's enterprise. Named by CRN as one
of "The 10 Coolest Flash Storage Products of 2013," FabricCache adapters usher
in a new era of enterprise application performance acceleration for SANs,
combining a high-performance PCIe flash card with QLogic's market-leading
Fibre Channel adapter to create a dramatically simpler, more cost-efficient
and sharable server-based cache solution. Unlike alternative offerings,
FabricCache transparently pools individual server caches across multiple,
physical servers, so the widest range of mission-critical, virtualized and
clustered applications can share flash caching performance benefits.
FabricCache also delivers greater ROI while lowering overall TCO by leveraging
QLogic's proven Fibre Channel driver, offloading caching functions from the
server and integrating seamlessly into existing SAN infrastructure. QLogic
will feature live FabricCache demonstrations at VMWorld, including OS and
Hypervisor transparent caching of shared SAN storage, including vMotion across
physical servers in a VMware ESX cluster while maintaining cached application
acceleration performance.

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QLogic – the Ultimate in Performance

QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC) is a global leader and technology innovator in high
performance server and storage networking connectivity products. Leading OEMs
and channel partners worldwide rely on QLogic for their server and storage
networking solutions. For more information, visit www.qlogic.com.

^1ESG, Lab Validation Report, Enterprise Application Performance Scalability
with QLogic Caching Technology, June 2013

^2Taneja Group, Storage Acceleration and Performance Technologies multi-client
study, June 2013

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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
 
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