QLogic Joins Executive Board of Blade Systems Alliance

Non-Profit Organization Now Includes More Than 30 Blade Server End-User, Systems, Software, Component and Consulting Companies

Aliso Viejo, California, UNITED STATES


IRVING, Texas and ALISO VIEJO, Calif., August 28, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- The Blade Systems Alliance and QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC) today announced that Skip Jones, director of planning and technology for QLogic, has joined the executive board of the Blade Systems Alliance.

"The Blade Systems Alliance is coalescing the industry as blade systems become an increasingly important component of the information technology landscape," said Skip Jones, director of planning and technology for QLogic. "We are proud to assume a leading role in the Blade Systems Alliance at a time when blade systems are poised to become a multi-billion-dollar segment of the information technology industry by providing new economies of scale and improved levels of efficiency."

IDC forecasts the blade server market to reach two million units and be worth $2.1 billion in 2005. The Blade Systems Alliance (formerly Server Blade Trade Association) was formed in 2002 to develop standards and promote the adoption of blade servers. The Blade Systems Alliance includes more than 30 blade server end-user, systems, software, component and consulting companies, and the Blade Systems Alliance Council of End Users includes representatives from more than 20 information technology organizations at leading companies.

QLogic offers a family of single chip products that form a complete I/O infrastructure for dense blade servers. Single chip HBAs, switches and management controllers from QLogic provide fast, reliable and scalable storage expansion in an ultra-compact form-factor.


 The Blade Systems Alliance executive board now includes:

 -- Everett Brooks, Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Avocent

 -- Dennis Carlson, Senior R&D Engineer, Unisys Corporation

 -- Skip Jones, Director of Planning and Technology, QLogic

 -- George Kellar, Vice President of Marketing, and Joe Fitzgerald,
    CTO, Novadigm

 -- T.K. Lakshman, Vice President of Business Development, 
    VERITAS Software

 -- Dave Martin, PERSIST Technologies Inc. 

 -- Ed Sterbenc, President and CEO, SharkRack

 -- Chandra Venkatraman, Chief Scientist, Raritan Computers

"We welcome QLogic as an executive member of the Blade Systems Alliance, which reflects a growing representation from leading vendor and end user organizations," said Ed Doody, executive director of the Blade Systems Alliance. "With such broad support, the Blade Systems Alliance is the focal point for the technologies, standards, interoperability, best practices and other strategic issues that will help to accelerate the adoption of blade servers."

About the Blade Systems Alliance (BladeS)

The Blade Systems Alliance (www.bladesystems.org) is an independent, not-for-profit organization of blade servers manufacturers, software suppliers, users, system integrators and other interested parties established to serve as a clearinghouse for information about blade systems, provide a focus for extending and improving standards and promote their use in enterprise, telecom and other applications. Blade Systems Alliance members include 14 South Networks, Alacritech, Amphus, APC, Avocent,. Coalsere, Inc., CoroSoft, Coughlin Associates, F5 Networks, GemStone Systems, GoAhead Software, Chris Hipp, IMEX Research, InfiniCon Systems, VERITAS Software, Mellanox Technologies, Nacio Systems, Network Appliance, Novadigm, OSA Technologies, Performance Technologies, PERSIST Technologies, PFU Systems, PLX Technology, QLogic, Raritan Computer, SharkRack, StarGen, Unisys, Venturcom., Wind River and ZNYX Networks. For membership information, visit www.bladesystems.org or contact Ed Doody at (971) 751-9621 or ed@bladesystems.org.

Powered by QLogic

Since 1993, over 45 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 Business Week's list of 100 Hot Growth Companies for 2003. In addition, QLogic was named to Forbes' Best 200 Small Companies for the fourth consecutive year and was named to Fortune's 100 Fastest Growing Companies list for the third consecutive year during fiscal year 2003. For more information visit www.qlogic.com.

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