IBM and QLogic Simplify Network Attached Storage

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SOMERS, NY - 23 Jan 2002: IBM and QLogic Corp. today announced that QLogic's SANblade 2200 Series Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) are shipping on board IBM's TotalStorage Network Attached Storage (NAS) 200 and 300 products. Using QLogic's Fibre Channel connectivity, IBM's NAS products can connect up to 90 disk drives and over 3 terabytes (TB) of storage capacity, making it easy for customers to rapidly implement open, interoperable storage networks in large branch offices and small enterprises.

QLogic SANblade HBAs are based on the company's exclusive ISP controller chip architecture. With a dedicated on-board I/O processor that performs with superior efficiency in real-world applications, QLogic's ISP controller chips are incorporated in hundreds of OEM-installed solutions. QLogic's ISP architecture embeds a highly sophisticated layer of exclusively developed firmware based on years of development and field experience. Combined with wide industry acceptance, this unique architecture gives QLogic unmatched expertise in developing storage networking products that are interoperable with a broad range of server, storage, switch, software and component products.

"QLogic simplifies networked storage by enabling us to give our customers the performance and compatibility they need from the workgroup to the enterprise," said Roland Hagan, vice president of storage networking marketing, IBM Storage Systems Group.

"With products like the SANblade 2200 Series, we are better able to ensure interoperability and help protect customers' investments in their IT infrastructure."

"IBM is a proven leader in delivering storage networking solutions for virtually every imaginable need. The NAS 200 and NAS 300 are no exception, with the ability to handle large volumes of data with superior efficiency at an affordable cost," said Mike Knudsen, vice president and general manager of QLogic's Network Storage Group. "QLogic and IBM continue to focus on providing storage networking solutions that give customers the flexibility and scalability they require to run their business."

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