Award-Winning QLogic Gen 5 Technology Fueling Global 16Gb Fibre Channel Adoption and QLogic Momentum in Japan IT Markets

ALISO VIEJO, Calif, November 18, 2013 – QLogic (Nasdaq: QLGC), the industry leader in Fibre Channel adapters, today announced that its award-winning FlexSuite™ technology is the exclusive 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel connectivity solution for NEC iStorage M500 and M700 Disk Arrays. QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology is designed into the NEC iStorage M500 and M700 solutions as a storage target controller and enables enterprise-class I/O performance, low latency and high availability. Growing collaboration efforts with NEC continue to demonstrate QLogic’s increasing commitment to delivering the latest, enterprise storage connectivity solutions to growing IT markets in Japan and around the globe.

“The operational efficiency and unmatched reliability of NEC M Series SAN storage solutions is ideal for the mission-critical business applications, highly virtualized data center environments and private cloud installations of our enterprise customers,” said Tetsuyuki Hishikawa, director engineering, RAID products development management, Storage System Department, IT Platform Division, NEC Corporation. “QLogic engineers API compatibility across generations of products for seamless migrations, resulting in faster time-to-market and easier deployments. This approach allows NEC to take advantage of previous testing to qualify systems in a timelier manner for production. By partnering with the industry leader in Fibre Channel, we ensure our customers will experience the same, enterprise-class, high-performance and reliability that QLogic has built their reputation upon.”

QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel delivers superior performance and greater reliability
QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology handles three times the transactions (1.2 Million IOPs) and double the bi-directional throughput (1600 MBps) compared to 8Gb Fibre Channel, and is 40 percent faster than 10Gb Ethernet, dramatically increasing application performance by reducing the time to transfer data between server and storage. QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel dual-port technology is designed with the company’s unique multi-port traffic isolation feature for greater reliability and security on dual-port implementations. This architecture, complete with on-chip CPU and memory isolation across both ports of the adapter, ensures that if one port should encounter issues, the second, isolated port will continue to function securely and without interruption. With two independent channels, I/O imbalances, error recovery or firmware updates on one port do not impact the second port. This enables secure, deterministically predictive and scalable port performance and increased reliability, features that are essential for enterprise data centers needing the highest levels of availability for mission-critical applications.

NEC iStorage M500 and M700 Disk Arrays powered by QLogic double the performance of previous-generation Fibre Channel storage networking solutions, allowing enterprises to improve price-performance, reduce power consumption-per-gigabit, and deliver high-availability to support business continuance. QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology is backward-compatible with 8Gb and 4Gb Fibre Channel storage networking solutions, helping to preserve SAN infrastructure investments while delivering the ultimate in performance.

“QLogic Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology delivers the high-end connectivity performance that NEC M Series storage users require to support highly virtualized data centers and cloud deployments,” said Vikram Karvat, vice president of marketing, QLogic. “Rapidly changing demands on enterprise storage are fueling the adoption of Gen 5 Fibre Channel because it delivers required scalability, performance and reliability. Our continued collaboration with NEC enhances our already strong presence in Japan.”

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