QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel and 10Gb Ethernet Technologies Support New NetApp Storage Solutions

QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel and 10Gb Ethernet Technologies Support New NetApp
Storage Solutions

NetApp FAS8000 Unified Scale-Out Storage Systems Feature the Industry's First
Storage Controller With Multiprotocol Support for Both Block and File-Based
Storage

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Feb. 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC),
the industry leader in Fibre Channel adapters, today announced its
award-winning QLogic® FlexSuite^TM technology supports NetApp's
next-generation, storage arrays, providing exclusive multiprotocol
connectivity for Gen 5 Fibre Channel and 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) for both block
and file-based storage access. QLogic FlexSuite technology enables NetApp
customers to select their storage protocol of choice through a simple field
upgrade, and allows for future transitions to alternative I/O options.
NetApp's new FAS8000 unified scale-out storage systems and second-generation
Universal Target Adapters (UTA2) now support Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over
Ethernet (FCoE), iSCSI Network File System (NFS), and Common Internet File
System (CIFS) on a single wire.

The QLogic technology deployed in the UTA2 provides NetApp customers with the
versatility to handle any protocol while delivering significant performance
advantages compared to previous-generation UTAs. The UTA2 provides expansion
and upgrade paths for multiprotocol support across NetApp's new storage
platforms.

For NetApp customers deploying MetroCluster software with FAS8000 arrays to
provide long-distance Fibre Channel connectivity for replication and disaster
recovery, the QLogic-designed UTA2 delivers improved performance and shorter
replication and recovery windows. This results in improved overall application
performance, and enables continuous availability and transparent recovery from
failures, without data loss.

The new FAS8000 unified scale-out storage systems are powerful and
feature-rich with superior I/O flexibility to simplify and eliminate complex
upgrades as IT needs change. The FAS8000 is the first enterprise storage
system to unify SAN, NAS and storage virtualization into a single hybrid
array. It is also NetApp's first FAS platform designed specifically for
scale-out storage environments built on clustered Data ONTAP.

"NetApp and QLogic have a long history of collaborating to drive greater
efficiency in the data center through innovative storage and data management
solutions," said Vikram Karvat, vice president of marketing, QLogic. "This
announcement represents not only the continued acceleration of Gen 5 Fibre
Channel technology in the market, but also marks a major expansion in our role
as a core Ethernet technology provider to NetApp."

"QLogic FlexSuite technology provides NetApp with additional support for our
new FAS8000 to continue delivering improved performance and increased
availability for business-critical applications," said Mark Welke, senior
director, product marketing, NetApp. "With our new storage systems, we will
provide our customers with the flexibility and efficiency to easily respond to
changing IT environments."

Why QLogic?

The most advanced networks demand sophisticated capabilities, and for 20 years
QLogic has consistently delivered performance, innovation, flexibility,
reliability and control for these environments. Breakthrough application
performance gives customers faster time-to-data. Innovation delivers new
capabilities, greater efficiency and maximum performance. Unprecedented
flexibility connects mission-critical applications to any storage network.
Reliability is backed by the highest mean-time-between-failure and the
industry's only five-year warranties, and robust infrastructure management
capabilities put network controls in the hands of customers.

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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.

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