QLogic Ships Virtual HBA Technology for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell

QLogic HBAs, With Hardware-Assist Features Help IT Managers to Extend SAN Best Practices Into Virtualized Data Centers

SALT LAKE CITY, March 20, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) — Novell BrainShare 2008 — QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leader in networking for storage and high performance computing (HPC), today announced that it is the first HBA vendor to ship production ready N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) solution for a shipping Linux distribution.

Enterprise Linux customers can now get NPIV-capable Fibre Channel HBAs for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 1 (SP1), the latest Linux platform from Novell that features significant enhancements in virtualization, high performance computing, security, interoperability and system management. QLogic(r) market-leading 2400 series HBAs provide hardware-assist features that enable dynamic provisioning and flexible usage of HBA resources, helping IT managers to extend SAN best practices into virtualized data centers.

“QLogic has been a long time collaborator in developing virtualization management solutions in the data center,” said Alan Murray, vice president of Product Management for Systems and Resource Management at Novell. “With today’s announcement, enterprises can use ZENworks Orchestrator and QLogic NPIV to manage virtual ports on our SUSE Linux Enterprise Server platform, and use both physical and virtual resources more efficiently.”

“After years of collaboration between our two companies, Novell and QLogic are now shipping virtual HBA solutions for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server configurations,” said Amit Vashi, vice president of marketing, QLogic Host Solutions Group. “Customers using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell can now manage virtual machines and NPIV capabilities using a single management utility.”

QLogic NPIV technology for Linux operating systems allows storage administrators to create virtual HBA ports using a comprehensive systems management tool. Novell(r) ZENworks(r) Orchestrator and Virtual Machine Management, an innovative component of the Novell data center management solution, not only manages virtual machines but also has the capability to create and provision virtual HBA ports across multiple physical servers. Storage administrators who deploy ZENworks Orchestrator and Virtual Machine Management along with QLogic Fibre Channel HBAs can now create virtual machines and ports that are easier to manage, maintain and support across the virtualized data center.

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 like Cisco, Dell, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, IBM, Network Appliance and Sun Microsystems. QLogic is a member of the S&P 500 Index.

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