QLogic SANbox2-64 Switch Certified for Use with Quantum Tape Libraries and Drives

SANbox2-64 Switch is 4Gb and 10Gb Ready, Scaleable From 16 to 64 Ports

Aliso Viejo, California, UNITED STATES


ALISO VIEJO, Calif., July 1, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), the company that powers storage area networks (SANs), today announced its new SANbox2-64 (tm) switch, the industry's largest modular, fabric switch, has been certified for use with the entire line of ATL tape libraries, the DX30 disk-based enhanced backup system, and DLTtape drives from Quantum Corp., a leading provider of data protection systems.

"The QLogic SANbox2-64 offers our storage customers a low-cost, robust connectivity solution that complements our high-performance data protection systems," said Mike Hardy, vice president of strategic alliances of Quantum's Storage Solutions Group. "Together, QLogic and Quantum are addressing the data protection needs of small businesses, large corporate workgroups and departments -- easily and affordably."

Introduced in April, the SANbox2-64 incorporates the same architecture as QLogic's award-winning SANbox2 16 port switch for seamless plug-compatibility with servers, storage, switches and software certified with SANbox2 16-port switches. The unique architecture of the SANbox2-64, which features a 4U single chassis that allows hot-swapping of 8-port switch blades, can be easily scaled from 16 to 64 ports in increments of 8. The SANbox2-64 cost-effectively eliminates the cumbersome cabling and management of multi-switch fabrics and doesn't sacrifice precious ports for inter-switch links (ISLs).

With dual redundant power supplies and fans for high availability, the SANbox2-64 products can also be configured in redundant pairs to offer 99.999 percent availability for mission-critical applications, a much less expensive alternative to installing a pair of director-class switches.

"This Quantum certification demonstrates that the SANbox2-64 is meeting the next-generation SAN connectivity needs of our customers and partners, and is gaining industry adoption and momentum," said Frank Berry, vice president of marketing, QLogic Corp. "The SANbox2-64 is another example of QLogic technical innovation yielding simplified, low-cost SAN connectivity."

QLogic SANbox2 switches make it easy for small and medium-sized enterprises to connect many new or legacy servers to shared storage devices, fully leveraging the power of SANs. QLogic SANbox2 switches enable high-performance switched storage networking at affordable prices while protecting investments in 1Gb equipment. With SANbox2 switches, businesses can easily build powerful storage networks that are interoperable with servers, networking equipment and storage subsystems.

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