SANblade Fibre Channel HBAs Receives Solaris Ready Certification

3/2/2004 - QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), the company that powers storage area networks (SANs), announced that its SANblade 2340 Series will support the Solaris 9 Operating System (OS), SPARC and x86 Platform Editions. Additionally, its SANblade 2340 family of single and dual port Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) has received Solaris Ready Certification from Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:SUNW).

"Sun and QLogic have a long history of working together to enable Solaris customers to leverage QLogic storage connectivity for superior SAN performance," said Patric Chang, director, Market Development, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Sun customers are already recognizing the advantages of fully supported QLogic HBA drivers for Solaris. "We have a significant investment in Fibre attached SAN storage and are delighted to be able to upgrade to the latest 2Gb QLogic HBAs on our Solaris-x86-based systems," said Al Hopper, Engineering Consultant, at Logical Approach, Inc.

The QLogic SANblade 2340 Series is a family of 133MHz PCI-X products that double storage throughput over standard PCI products and offer best-in-class SAN performance and functionality. This flagship line offers an extensive checklist of features and benefits that is unmatched in the industry including performance of up to 80,000 Input/Output operations per second (IOPs) and more than 800 Mb of throughput.

"The QLogic SANblade 2340 Series features a unique 'bridgeless' dual channel HBA, eliminating the severe performance degradation of PCI-X bridges used in competitive HBAs," said Frank Berry, vice president of corporate marketing. "This offers Solaris customers high-performance networking for mission-critical applications."

QLogic SANsurfer Management Suite
Standard and free of license fees with all QLogic HBAs and switches, QLogic SANsurfer Management Suite provides one complete solution for storage network device management. SANsurfer Management Suite simplifies SANs with point-and-click configuration wizards for easy device management. By putting the complexity of the SAN into the software rather than in front of the end user, these wizards dramatically simplify complex tasks like installation and zoning. Users answer simple on-screen prompts (NEXT, NEXT, NEXT) to reduce long manual routines into quick point-and-click operations.

About the Solaris Ready Program
The Solaris Ready Certification serves as the gateway for interoperability with Sun's Solaris OS, and provides customers with a recognizable symbol for tested and approved Solaris solutions from third-party providers. Sun's Solaris OS is the foundation for Sun's x86 and SPARC systems, offering consistent computing across entire network server environments. The Solaris Ready Certification process involves a thorough business analysis, rigorous testing evaluating the product's interoperability, platform support, Solaris platform compliance, ease-of-installation, driver compatibility and product documentation.

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Since 1993, over 50 million QLogic products have shipped inside servers, workstations, RAID subsystems, tape libraries, disk and tape drives. These products were delivered to small, medium and large enterprises around the world. Powering solutions from leading companies like Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Network Appliance, Quantum, StorageTek and Sun Microsystems, the broad line of QLogic controller chips, host bus adapters, network switches and management software move data from storage devices through the network fabric to servers. A member of the S&P 500 and NASDAQ 100, QLogic was recently named to Fortune's 100 Fastest Growing Companies list for the fourth consecutive year and to Forbes' Best 200 Small Companies for the fifth consecutive year. In addition, QLogic was named to Business Week's list of 100 Hot Growth Companies for 2003. For more information visit

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

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