May 16, 2006

QLogic to Support SUSE Linux Enterprise 10

Annette Oevermann writes "QLogic Announces Support for SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 from Novell

Support for New Version of Novell Operating System Demonstrates QLogic’s Commitment to Driving Enterprise Virtualization

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., May 15, 2006 - QLogic(R) Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), the leader in Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs), stackable switches and blade server switches, today announced its support of the upcoming release of SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 platform from Novell and the virtualization technologies that will be included in this newest distribution of the operating system (OS). QLogic virtualization support provides businesses that will run SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 a means for deploying and managing reliable storage area networks (SANs) in virtual server environments.

“By supporting SUSE Linux Enterprise 10, QLogic is helping to deliver on the promise of virtualization in the enterprise,” said Chris Cooper, director of partner engineering at Novell. “We are working closely with QLogic to develop technologies that will help businesses make the transition to a virtual server environment and enable enterprises to reap the rewards of open standards-based virtualization through improved data center operations and reduced infrastructure costs.”

QLogic Fibre Channel (FC) HBA drivers will be bundled with the new SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 distribution as standard inbox drivers. These drivers are fully compliant and interoperable with Xen Hypervisor 3.0, the open-source virtualization software code that will be included the new distribution of the OS. This provides enterprise customers a way to fully deploy SANs in virtual server environments, resulting in increased server utilization, improved productivity and scalability, and reduced operating costs by consolidating their workloads onto fewer servers.

"QLogic worked closely with Novell to successfully test our FC HBA drivers with the early beta releases of SUSE Linux Enterprise 10," said Amit Vashi, senior director of product marketing, QLogic Computer Systems Group. "When SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 is released later this year, it will be the first operating system with Xen virtualization technology built-in. As a result, enterprise customers will be able to deploy a complete virtualization solution and experience a whole new level of efficiency in the data center."

About QLogic

QLogic is a leading supplier of high performance storage networking solutions including Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs), blade server embedded Fibre Channel switches, Fibre Channel stackable switches, iSCSI HBAs, iSCSI routers and storage services platforms for enabling advanced storage management applications. The company is also a leading supplier of server networking products including InfiniBand host channel adapters that accelerate cluster performance. QLogic products are delivered to small-to-medium business a nd 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, NEC, Network Appliance and Sun Microsystems. QLogic is a member of the S&P 500 Index. For more information go to

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