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News Release

QLogic 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel Technology

Powers NEC M Series Storage Arrays
Released: 18th November 2013
Publisher: QLogic Corp

Frimley, Surrey, November 18 2013 – QLogic (Nasdaq: QLGC), the industry leader in Fibre Channel adapters, today announced that its award-winningFlexSuiteTM technology is the exclusive 16Gb Gen 5Fibre Channel connectivity solution for NEC iStorage M500 and M700 Disk Arrays. QLogic Gen 5Fibre 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 virtualised data centre 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 centres 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 virtualised data centres 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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QLogic – the Ultimate in Performance
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.

Disclaimer – Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains statements relating to future results of the company (including certain beliefs and projections regarding business and market 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: unfavorable economic conditions; potential fluctuations in operating results; gross margins that may vary over time; the stock price of the company may be volatile; the company's dependence on the networking markets served; the ability to maintain and gain market or industry acceptance of the company's products; the company's dependence on a small number of customers; the company's ability to compete effectively with other companies; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; the complexity of the company's products; declining average unit sales prices of comparable products; the company's dependence on sole source and limited source suppliers; the company's dependence on relationships with certain third-party subcontractors and contract manufacturers; sales fluctuations arising from customer transitions to new products; seasonal fluctuations and uneven sales patterns in orders from customers; a reduction in sales efforts by current distributors; changes in the company's tax provisions or adverse outcomes resulting from examination of its income tax returns; international economic, currency, regulatory, political and other risks; facilities of the company and its suppliers and customers are located in areas subject to natural disasters; the ability to protect proprietary rights; the ability to satisfactorily resolve any infringement claims; uncertain benefits from strategic business combinations, acquisitions and divestitures; declines in the market value of the company's marketable securities; changes in and compliance with regulations; difficulties in transitioning to smaller geometry process technologies; the use of "open source" software in the company's products; system security risks, data protection breaches and cyber-attacks; and the company’s ability to borrow under its credit agreement is subject to certain covenants.

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.

QLogic and the QLogic logo are registered trademarks of QLogic Corporation. Other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of the companies with which they are associated.

Media Contact:
Steve Sturgeon
QLogic Corporation
858.472.5669
steve.sturgeon@qlogic.com

Investor Contact:
Jean Hu
QLogic Corporation
 949.389.7579
jean.hu@qlogic.com

Local Agency Contact:
Sharon Munday
On Your Case Ltd
44 7787 566382
sharon@onyourcase.co.uk

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