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Integrated QLogic Products Now Shipping in HP StorageWorks MSA1000 Small Business SAN Kit

November 30, 2004

All-In-One Package Based on Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based Wizard Installation Allows Small Businesses to Deploy a SAN in Minutes

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Nov. 30, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) — QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), the company that powers storage area networks (SANs), today announced that its SANbox(r) switches, SANblade(tm) HBAs and SANsurfer(r) software are now shipping in the HP StorageWorks Modular Smart Array (MSA) 1000 Small Business SAN Kit. The HP Small Business SAN Kit provides a complete, entry-level SAN solution tailored to meet the needs of small businesses and first-time SAN users.

By integrating the suite of QLogic small business products, HP provides resellers, technology consultants and end-users with all-in-one pricing and packaging as well as breakthrough ease-of-use through a single Small Business SAN Wizard that allows non-experts to install an entire SAN in minutes. The kit delivers an entry-level SAN solution that is easy to sell, easy to buy and easy to install.

“Since the inception of SANs, HP has been a leader in driving broad industry adoption with enterprise-class customers,” said Frank Berry, vice president of marketing, QLogic Corp. “With the breakthrough pricing and ease-of-use features the StorageWorks MSA1000 Small Business SAN Kit offers, HP and QLogic are making SANs more accessible to the small and medium business market.”

The HP StorageWorks MSA1000 Small Business SAN Kit includes the HP StorageWorks MSA1000, a 2Gb Fibre Channel disk array offering scalability up to 12 terabytes, two QLogic SANblade HBAs and an 8-port Fibre Channel QLogic SANbox switch — all in a single box and at a 24-percent price advantage over the purchase of individual components.

“HP is leveraging its relationships with QLogic and Microsoft to broaden the reach of SANs beyond their traditional enterprise customer base,” said Kyle Fitze, director of marketing, Storage Area Networks, HP. “The HP StorageWorks MSA1000 Small Business SAN Kit significantly drives down the cost and complexity of SAN deployments, making them simple enough for small business customers with little or no storage expertise to cost-effectively install and manage.”

Takes Advantage of Innovative Storage Technologies in Windows Server 2003

QLogic SANsurfer software takes advantage of the inherent manageability of the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 platform, bringing together the operating system platform, fabric and storage components of a SAN to form a single solution. The SAN Kit’s installation software enables customers to get the entire SAN up and running in a matter of minutes with less than 25 mouse clicks.

“Customers tell us that they want to migrate to networked storage systems, but cannot today because SANs are complex,” said Rahul Auradkar, director, Windows Server Division. “Microsoft is pleased to continue working with HP and Qlogic to bring to market a broad choice of easy to use and simple to manage SAN solutions that IT administrators familiar Windows Server 2003 can take advantage of, thereby lowering costs.”

Pricing and Availability

The HP StorageWorks MSA1000 Small Business SAN Kit is available today with an estimated U.S. list price of $9,999(1). For more information on the kit, customers can visit http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/msa1000smb/.

Powered by QLogic

Since 1993, over 50 million QLogic products have shipped inside servers, workstations, RAID subsystems, tape libraries, disk and tape drives. These products were delivered to small, medium and large enterprises around the world. Powering solutions from leading companies like Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, NEC, Network Appliance, Quantum, StorageTek and Sun Microsystems, the broad line of QLogic controller chips, host bus adapters, network switches and management software move data from storage devices through the network fabric to servers. A member of the S&P 500 and NASDAQ 100, QLogic was named to the following during fiscal year 2004: (i) Fortune’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies list for the fourth consecutive year; (ii) Forbes’ Best 200 Small Companies for the fifth consecutive year; and (iii) Business Week’s list of 100 Hot Growth Companies. For more information visit www.qlogic.com.

(1) Actual prices may vary.

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CONTACT: Editor’s Contact: Gerry Ansel QLogic Corporation 949/389-7664 gerry.ansel@qlogic.com

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