QLogic Achieves 11th Consecutive Year of Fibre Channel Leadership

QLogic is the Market Share Leader in 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel Adapters and Achieved Year-Over-Year Gains in Total Fibre Channel Adapter Share According to Dell'Oro Group and Crehan Research

Aliso Viejo, California, UNITED STATES

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Feb. 6, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced its 11th consecutive year of Fibre Channel adapter market share leadership, as confirmed by recent reports from Dell'Oro Group1 and Crehan Research.2 In calendar year 2014, QLogic held a total revenue share of 58.4 percent according to Dell'Oro Group and 57.7 percent according to Crehan Research. Both reports confirm that QLogic led its nearest competitor by nearly 18 percentage points for the full calendar year 2014. On a combined basis, inclusive of QLogic and the acquired Brocade adapter product lines for all periods, QLogic gained at least 4.3 points of market share from 2013 to 2014, with 1.5 points of it being new share gain. The research also shows that QLogic was the market leader in 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel adapters in 2014, finishing with 52.6 percent revenue share for the year according to Dell'Oro and more than 54 percent revenue share according to Crehan.

Data from both firms indicates that the Fibre Channel market continues to stabilize, due in large part to the persistent adoption of storage area networks (SANs), the Grantley server upgrade cycle, and the growth of Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology. Through its proven Gen 5 product portfolio, QLogic continues its role as the technology leader in Fibre Channel adapters. These solutions are designed to address performance, scalability, and manageability requirements in virtualized networks, hyper-scale environments, SSD storage platforms and new SAN architectures.

"Because high-performance SANs continue to provide significant value for business and mission-critical applications, demand for Fibre Channel adapters remains strong," said Vikram Karvat, vice president of products, marketing and planning, QLogic. "QLogic is the leader in Gen 5 Fibre Channel and has been the leading brand in Fibre Channel adapter solutions for 11 straight years because we differentiate our products through superior performance, features and ease-of-deployment. We continue to invest substantial resources in developing innovative solutions that provide our customers with all these key attributes."

Why QLogic?

The most advanced networks demand sophisticated capabilities, and for 20 years QLogic has consistently delivered performance, innovation, flexibility, reliability and control for these environments. Breakthrough application performance gives customers faster time-to-data. Innovation delivers new capabilities, greater efficiency and maximum performance. Unprecedented flexibility connects mission-critical applications to any storage network, and robust infrastructure management capabilities put network controls in the hands of customers.

1Dell'Oro Group Q4 2014 SAN Report

2Crehan Research Q4 2014 Quarterly Market Share Report

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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.

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