Hitachi Selects QLogic to Enhance Data Networking Portfolio

Hitachi
Selects QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Switches and 10GbE iSCSI Intelligent
Storage Routers to Enhance Data Networking Portfolio


QLogic Corp. announced that QLogic(R) 5802V 8Gb Fibre Channel
switches and iSR6250 10GbE Intelligent Storage Routers are now
available from Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd.
(NYSE:HIT), and over 500 authorized Hitachi Data Systems resellers
worldwide. The switches and routers are qualified and fully
interoperable with Hitachi’s
comprehensive portfolio of storage systems, including the flagship
Hitachi Universal Storage Platform(TM) (USP) V and the
channel-optimized, midrange Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage 2000
family.

As Nehalem-based servers begin to drive higher adoption rates of
virtualization, there is a commensurate increase in customer demand for
higher bandwidth connectivity options. With QLogic’s new 8Gb Fibre Channel switches, Hitachi
is poised to address these increasing bandwidth requirements across
both enterprise data centers and SMBs with Fibre Channel switches that
are renowned for their quality, reliability and unparalleled
performance in content-rich environments.

With the increasing prevalence of iSCSI-based VMware environments, QLogic 6000 Series Intelligent Storage Routers enable customers to utilize existing hardware and initiate an aggressive VMware
strategy with minimal change in Fibre Channel storage infrastructure,
providing better leverage on existing Fibre Channel assets in VMware environments. The 6000 Series provides unified, multi-protocol connectivity across all Hitachi storage platforms, making Hitachi storage ideal for large-scale server virtualization projects. QLogic
6000 Series routers with 10GbE iSCSI storage ports and initiator
virtualization capabilities also make it possible for over 1,000
Virtual Machines (VMs) to directly manage their own storage on a single
Hitachi AMS platform. Additionally, 6000 Series routers enable Hitachi to provide its customers with a high-performance, long-distance data migration solution that complements the strengths of Hitachi’s storage platforms.

"These latest QLogic
networking solutions expand the breadth and depth of our networking
portfolio and deliver the industry-leading technology and ROI that
customers expect from Hitachi Data Systems," said Asim Zaheer, vice
president, Corporate and Product Marketing, Hitachi Data Systems.
"Fully qualified with our enterprise-class and midrange storage
systems, QLogic’s
latest switches and routers provide an affordable, innovative means for
large enterprises and midrange organizations dealing with real-time
video editing and content management to maximize their storage
resources and do more with existing budgets."

"QLogic’s newest switches and routers are designed with the intelligent, value-conscious IT buyer in mind," said Scott Genereux, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, QLogic.
"With an open and technically elegant architecture that ensures
complete interoperability with existing Fibre Channel switches, QLogic
switches help businesses of all sizes make the most of their storage
resources. From the small business implementing its first storage
network to larger companies that require the unique scalability of the
world’s only 8Gb Fibre Channel stackable switch; to organizations that
need a means to connect their Ethernet-based servers to their Hitachi
Fibre Channel storage investments, QLogic provides Hitachi customers with complete flexibility."

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