QLogic Extends Gen 6 32Gb Fibre Channel Market Leadership and Industry Adoption

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., June 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, QLogic® announced new Gen 6 32Gb Fibre Channel (FC) HBAs with QLogic StorFusion technology for Dell PowerEdge Servers, enabling superior performance, greater virtualization density, and improved storage area network (SAN) deployment, diagnostics and management. Driven by the requirements and complexities of enterprise data centers which demand increased performance and a dynamic infrastructure, the QLE274x-DEL Series Adapters with StorFusion technology accelerate enterprise applications, optimize IT staff productivity and simplify SAN administration. Dell will be first to market to offer 32Gb FC adapters on its 13th generation servers.

“Enterprise IT adoption of all-flash arrays, software-defined storage and solid-state disks are all increasing connectivity demands in SANs,” said Brian Payne, executive director, Dell Server Solutions. “The QLE274x-DEL HBAs with StorFusion technology provided by QLogic give our customers future-proof connectivity options that help them increase mission-critical database applications, improve resiliency and enhance management capabilities.”

The QLE274x-DEL Series HBAs deliver the following key benefits:

  • Database Acceleration1
    • Achieve 38 percent faster response times for online transaction processing (OLTP) workloads, enabling a more consistent user experience.
    • Mine data up to 1.9 times faster with data warehousing queries, leading to quicker business decisions.
    • Cut database snapshot replication times by 32 percent.
  • Greater Virtualization Density
    • Increase virtual machine (VM) density by delivering up to 1.3 million IOPS, enabling better asset utilization.
    • Up to 12,000MBps of aggregate throughput, making these adapters ideally suited for virtualized environments leveraging next-generation flash-based storage.
  • Improved SAN Deployment, Diagnostics and Management with StorFusion
    • Support for Brocade ClearLink™ (D_Port), Read Diagnostic Parameters (RDP), Forward Error Correction (FEC) and Link Cable Beacon (LCB) technology, allowing IT administrators to rapidly identify optics or cable problems and improve link performance and integrity, significantly reducing fabric deployment time and helping to ensure reliable connections.
    • Software-defined dynamic fabric provisioning and fabric-based boot LUN discovery, allowing IT administrators to pre-provision SAN fabrics, saving organizations a significant amount of time and effort, up to 75 percent in large server deployments.2

“With IT organizations under tremendous OPEX pressure, databases becoming exponentially larger and the explosive growth of flash-based storage, IT administrators need connectivity solutions that can scale,” said Vikram Karvat, vice president of products, marketing and planning, QLogic. “QLogic and Dell have a longstanding partnership based on delivering innovative, forward-thinking solutions and the new QLE274x-DEL HBAs with StorFusion technology not only deliver added performance, they increase simplicity, minimize downtime and address network errors before they impact business operations.”

The new QLE274x-DEL HBAs are available immediately in single and dual-port configurations and with standard height and low profile brackets. For additional information, please visit the QLogic Dell Partnership microsite.

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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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More detailed information on these and additional factors that 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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Demartek Evaluation, Improving Database Performance with QLogic Gen 6 (32Gb) Fibre Channel, May 2016

2 ESG, Lab Validation Report – QLogic Enhanced Gen 5 (16Gb) and Gen 6 (32Gb) Fibre Channel Adapters with StorFusion Technology, March 2016

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