Emulex Fibre Channel HBAs Qualifed With Microsoft Systems Architecture 2.0 for Windows Server 2003

Microsoft Systems Architecture 2.0 Provides a Pre-tested, Proven Solution for IT Infrastructures -- Delivering Scalability and High Availability

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COSTA MESA, Calif., Jan. 22, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), the market leader in Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) and a leading supplier of intelligent building blocks for next generation storage networking systems, today announced its Fibre Channel host bus adapters are the exclusive Fibre Channel connectivity solution for the next generation Microsoft(r) Systems Architecture (MSA) 2.0 utilizing Windows Server 2003. The MSA 2.0 is a pre-tested solution that provides implementation guidance for a proven integrated IT infrastructure delivering scalability and high availability in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 environments. As a key member of the MSA program, Emulex is the exclusive provider of HBAs, including the LP9002L and LP952, for the program.

"The Microsoft Systems Architecture 2.0 utilizing Windows Server 2003 allows the end-user to maximize the network's productivity with fewer resources, truly making the network a strategic asset," said Jim Hebert, general manager, Windows Server Product Management Group, Microsoft Corp. "Microsoft is pleased to work with industry leaders like Emulex to provide reliable, secure and pre-tested architecture solutions to enterprise customers using Windows Server 2003."

Based on industry leading technology, MSA 2.0 provides enterprise-class architectural blueprints and implementation guidance that are tested and proven in the lab with hardware and software providers. The MSA provides fully documented guidelines for planning, building and managing an enterprise data center configuration with data storage, replication and recovery designed into every aspect. The blueprint includes hardware, software and enterprise IT services such as messaging, authentication, access control, database, file and print, and Web-access network connectivity.

The MSA program was originally launched in July 2002 for Windows 2000 environments. This latest MSA architecture builds on the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 platform. Other partners in MSA 2.0 include Brocade, Commvault, Cisco, EMC, HP, and Unisys.

"Emulex has a longstanding relationship with Microsoft, and we are confident that our host bus adapter technology will help enable delivery of a high performance enterprise data center offering to create faster, more efficient infrastructures to reliably store valuable data," said Mike Smith, executive vice president of worldwide marketing for Emulex. "End-users now have the ability to leverage this blueprint in Windows Server 2003 environments which provides integrated solutions both to consolidate and optimize Windows-based IT infrastructures."

The Emulex family of HBAs offers high-performance, standards-based connectivity solutions for storage networking environments. Emulex host bus adapters provide a unique combination of features required for mission-critical enterprise environments that deliver reliability, high bandwidth, server CPU offload, low latency and scalable connectivity. Emulex HBAs also offer a unique driver architecture that enables compatibility of a single operating system driver across Emulex's entire product line and a firmware-based architecture. These features help to lower the customer's total cost of ownership and reduce management complexity, while enabling a seamless migration path to next-generation technologies.

About Emulex

Emulex Corporation is the world leader in Fibre Channel HBAs and delivers a broad range of intelligent building blocks for next generation storage networking systems. Emulex was named one of Forbes Magazine's 25 Fastest Growing Technology Companies, and ranked number 15 in Deloitte & Touche's 2003 Technology Fast 50.

The world's leading server and storage providers rely on Emulex HBAs, embedded storage switching and I/O controller products to build reliable, scalable and high performance storage solutions. The Emulex award-winning product families, including its LightPulse(tm) HBAs and InSpeedTM embedded storage switching products, are based on internally developed ASIC, firmware and software technologies, and offer customers high performance, scalability, flexibility and reduced total cost of ownership. The company's products have been selected by the world's leading server and storage providers, including Dell, EMC, Fujitsu Ltd., Fujitsu Siemens, Groupe Bull, HP, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, NEC, Network Appliance, StorageTek, Sun Microsystems and Unisys. In addition, Emulex includes industry leaders Brocade, Computer Associates, Intel, McDATA, Microsoft and VERITAS among its strategic partners. Corporate headquarters are located in Costa Mesa, California. News releases and other information about Emulex Corporation are available at http://www.emulex.com.

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"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: With the exception of historical information, the statements set forth above include forward-looking statements that involve risk and uncertainties. The company wishes to caution readers that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Those factors include the rapidly changing nature of technology, evolving industry standards and frequent introductions of new products and enhancements by competitors; fluctuation in the growth of Fibre Channel and IP markets; changes in economic conditions or changes in end-user demand for technology solutions; fluctuations or delays in customer orders; the highly competitive nature of the markets for Emulex's products; Emulex's ability to gain market acceptance for its products; the company's ability to attract and retain skilled personnel; the company's reliance on third-party suppliers. These and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are also discussed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent filings on Forms 8-K, 10-K and 10-Q.



        

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