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QLogic Demonstrates Storage Technologies for Customers At HP Technology Forum

June 18, 2008

LAS VEGAS, June 18, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) — HP Technology Forum & Expo — QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leader in networking for storage and high performance computing (HPC), today announced it will showcase several new products based on QLogic technology at the HP Technology Forum & Expo, including the HP StorageWorks 82Q dual port 8Gb Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) and HP StorageWorks 8/20q Fibre Channel Switch. The company will be showing a live technology demonstration of these products, along with a new data migration solution that uses the EVA iSCSI Connectivity Option with integrated multi-protocol support that extends Fibre Channel SAN investments. This allows customers to incorporate iSCSI servers without requiring additional storage arrays or management costs.

“We have been working closely with HP to understand the requirements and concerns of customers, and used their input in the development of these products,” said Frank Berry, vice president of marketing, QLogic Corp. “This has resulted in products that not only deliver high performance but also the affordability, scalability and, most importantly, the ease-of-use that you see here today.”

QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel HBA Transforms Server Connectivity into Competitive Advantage

Based on the QLogic 2500 Series of 8Gb Fibre Channel-to-PCIe Gen2 HBAs, the HP StorageWorks 82Q dual port 8Gb Fibre Channel HBA is designed for next-generation virtualized data centers with powerful multi-processor, multi-core servers. HP StorageWorks 82Q HBAs are optimized for virtualization, power, RAS (reliability, availability, serviceability), security and management to transform server connectivity into competitive advantage.

The 8Gb Fibre Channel HBAs provide complete investment protection by maintaining backward compatibility with previous Fibre Channel network and PCIe host bus speeds, and are set apart from all other 8Gb Fibre Channel HBAs thanks to two breakthrough innovations under the QLogic Star Power(tm) Green Initiative — Dynamic Power Management and Cool HBA(tm) technologies. Dynamic power management is the unique ability of the QLogic 2500 to sense the type of PCI Express bus that is present and consume only the amount of power necessary to run at full speed. QLogic Cool HBA technology is the ability of QLogic products like 2500 HBAs to operate without any air flow, unlike competitive products which require fans to be cool.

Next-Generation 8Gb Fibre Channel Performance

Based on QLogic SANbox technology, HP StorageWorks 8/20q Fibre Channel switches deliver next-generation, 8Gb Fibre Channel performance with built-in simplicity for new mid-market or enterprise SAN deployments. HP StorageWorks 8/20q switches, which are an integral part of the HP StorageWorks 8Gb Simple SAN Connection Kit, are designed to easily connect servers to storage, helping maximize the return on customers’ server and storage investments.

Data Migration Solution Based on QLogic Intelligent Storage Routers

QLogic will be demonstrating a new data migration solution that uses the HP StorageWorks EVA iSCSI Connectivity Option. This new data migration option provides low-cost, easy-to-use, high performance offline data migration and storage consolidation across all HP and competitors’ arrays. This solution helps accelerate array sales by overcoming obstacles related to migration of data from old arrays to new ones. The QLogic data migration solution supports data rates up to 1.0 TB/hr per router, flexible job scheduling and easy re-deployment of the router for iSCSI Connectivity after data migration jobs are completed.

The EVA iSCSI Connectivity Option provides core capabilities that leverage the benefits and investments that businesses have made in SANs. First, it allows all servers in the enterprise to connect to the SAN via low cost and standard Ethernet. Second, all Fibre Channel storage devices become multi-protocol devices, via iSCSI. With performance to support up to 150 servers and wizard-based configuration, the HP EVA iSCSI Connectivity Option sets the standard for storage router price/performance and ease-of-use.

About QLogic

QLogic is a leading supplier of high performance storage networking solutions, which include the controller chips, host adapters and fabric switches that are the backbone of storage networks for most Global 2000 corporations. The company delivers a broad and diverse portfolio of products that includes Fibre Channel HBAs, blade server embedded Fibre Channel switches, Fibre Channel stackable switches, iSCSI HBAs and iSCSI routers. The company is also a leading supplier of InfiniBand switches and InfiniBand host channel adapters for the emerging high performance computing market. QLogic products are delivered to small-to-medium businesses and large enterprises around the world via its channel partner community. QLogic products are also powering solutions from leading companies such as Cisco, Dell, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, IBM, Network Appliance and Sun Microsystems. QLogic is a member of the S&P 500 Index.

Disclaimer – Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains statements relating to future results of the company (including certain beliefs and projections regarding business 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: potential fluctuations in operating results; gross margins that may vary over time; revenues may be affected by changes in IT spending levels; the stock price of the company may be volatile; the company’s dependence on the storage area network market; potential adverse effects of server virtualization technology on the company’s business; potential adverse effects of increased market acceptance of blade servers; the ability to maintain and gain market or industry acceptance of the company’s products; the company’s dependence on a limited number of customers; seasonal fluctuations and uneven sales patterns in orders from customers; the company’s ability to compete effectively with other companies; declining average unit sales prices of comparable products; a reduction in sales efforts by current distributors; dependence on sole source and limited source suppliers; the company’s dependence on relationships with certain silicon chip suppliers; the complexity of the company’s products; sales fluctuations arising from customer transitions to new products; environmental compliance costs; international economic, regulatory, political and other risks; uncertain benefits from strategic business combinations; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; difficulties in transitioning to smaller geometry process technologies; the ability to protect proprietary rights; the ability to satisfactorily resolve any infringement claims; reliance on third party technology; the use of “open source” software in our products; changes in our tax provisions or adverse outcomes resulting from examination of our income tax returns; computer viruses and other tampering with the company’s computer systems; and facilities of the company and its suppliers and customers are located in areas subject to natural disasters.

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.

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  CONTACT:  QLogic Corporation           Editor's Contact:           Frank Berry             949/389-6499             frank.berry@qlogic.com           Investor's Contact:           Jeanie Herbert             949/389-6343             jeanie.herbert@qlogic.com 




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