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Centralized SAN for Interruption-Free Coverage of 2010 FIFA World Cup Powered by QLogic Stackable Switches
GlobeNewswire
2010-06-28

   Bell Micro Partner Mediatec Trusts QLogic Storage Networking
      Solutions for International Broadcast Center's Central
                       Storage Area Network

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., June 28, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLogic Corp.
(Nasdaq:QLGC) today announced that its 5802V Series Fibre Channel
stackable switches are providing the backbone of the International
Broadcast Center's (IBC) storage area network (SAN) at the 2010 FIFA
World Cup soccer tournament in Johannesburg, South Africa.

QLogic(R) 5820V Series Fibre Channel switches, the linchpin between the
integrated Apple Xsan server and Promise VTrak E-Class RAID storage
systems, handle the continuous high-speed exchange of audio-visual data
for the IBC. The 8Gb Fibre Channel 5802V's high data transfer rate
ensures that the IBC's 55 editing desks can simultaneously access all
audio-visual data at any time, essential for real-time editing, and
more importantly for the uninterrupted transmission of television
coverage around the world.

The storage systems on the IBC's 8Gb Fibre Channel SAN are connected by
eight QLogic 20-port 5802V Fibre Channel stackable switches configured
in two four-switch stacks via QLogic's innovative 20Gb Fibre Channel
inter-switch links (ISLs). The two fabrics provide the redundancy, high
reliability and availability necessary for uninterrupted communication
between server systems and storage. To address performance
requirements, the QLogic 5802V-based fabric leverages Fibre Channel
multi-pathing technology for optimized load sharing.

Close Collaboration with Mediatec and Bell Micro

The IBC is the data hub at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. All video captured
by the 29 to 32 cameras installed in each of the nine stadiums -- for
the first time ever in high resolution HDTV format -- are sent to the
IBC, where it is edited and thereafter broadcast to TV stations all
around the globe. Host Broadcast Services AG (HBS), the host
broadcaster of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, is in charge of the production
of 2,200 hours of total coverage including transfer to the broadcast
rights-holders in individual countries, and it cannot afford any
blackouts or interruptions in transmission during this rather
significant sporting event.

Interruption-free broadcasting of the games places the highest demands
on the IBC's technical equipment, making high-performance,
highly-reliable systems a must. To assure coverage without breaks, HBS
entrusted Mediatec, a system integrator located in Cologne, Germany,
with planning, testing and installation of all the technical equipment
at the IBC as well as providing ongoing support during the games.
Mediatec, a recognized broadcast expert, and Bell Micro, one of the
world's largest storage-centric, value-added distributors, have
orchestrated an infrastructure that delivers the highest standards of
reliability, system performance and data availability, and have laid
the foundation for continuous soccer fun in countries all around the
globe.

QLogic Switches' High Performance Got Them in the Game

QLogic 5802V Fibre Channel stackable switches were selected by virtue
of their innovative product design, high performance, high
availability, and affordability. The unique stackability feature of the
5802V Series enables the switches to be interconnected easily and
cost-effectively via four dedicated 20Gb ISLs. The stacking advantage
ensures that no 8Gb switch ports are sacrificed for connecting
switches, but rather are entirely available for server and storage
connectivity. 20Gb ISL connectivity is available as an easy-to-activate
license option via software key. When upgraded, each 20Gb stacking
connection can handle inter-switch traffic of up to three 8Gb links
running at full speed.

In combination with QLogic's Virtual Lane technology, which
automatically pools multiple stack-interconnects to form a single,
virtual lane between stackable switches, available bandwidth can be
increased up to 100Gb. Deployment of the QLogic 5802V Series Fibre
Channel Switches therefore increases SAN performance while
simultaneously lowering cabling, interconnect and administration
complexity. This reduces Capex and -- even more importantly today --
Opex, as well; criteria which played a major role in the selection of
this technical infrastructure for the FIFA World Cup.

About Bell Microproducts Inc.

Bell Microproducts (Nasdaq:BELM) is an international, value-added
distributor of a wide range of high-tech products, solutions and
services, including storage systems, servers, software, computer
components, and peripherals, as well as maintenance and professional
services. An industry-recognized specialist in storage products, this
Fortune 1000 company is one of the world's largest storage-centric
value-added distributors. In 2010, the Company celebrated the sale of
its 100 millionth hard disk drive, setting a significant industry
milestone.

Bell Microproducts is uniquely qualified with deep technical and
application expertise to service a broad range of information
technology needs. From design to deployment, its products are available
at any level of integration, from components to subsystem assemblies
and fully-integrated, tested and certified system solutions. More
information can be found in the Company's SEC filings, or by visiting
the Bell Microproducts website at http://www.bellmicro.com.

For more information on MEDIATEC GmbH, visit www.mediatec.de.

Follow QLogic @ twitter.com/qlogic

About QLogic

QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC) is a global leader and technology innovator in
high performance networking, including adapters, switches and ASICs.
Leading OEMs and channel partners worldwide rely on QLogic products for
their data, storage and server networking solutions. QLogic is a NASDAQ
Global Select company and is included in the S&P 500. For more
information, visit www.qlogic.com.

Disclaimer - Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains statements relating to future results of
the company (including certain beliefs and projections regarding
business trends) that are "forward-looking statements" as defined in
the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such
forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that
could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or
implied in the forward-looking statements. The company advises readers
that these potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not
limited to: declines in information technology spending levels;
potential fluctuations in operating results; gross margins that may
vary over time; the stock price of the company may be volatile; the
company's dependence on the networking markets served; potential
adverse effects of server virtualization technology on the company's
business; potential adverse effects of increased market acceptance of
blade servers; the ability to maintain and gain market or industry
acceptance of the company's products; the company's dependence on a
small number of customers; seasonal fluctuations and uneven sales
patterns in orders from customers; the company's ability to compete
effectively with other companies; declining average unit sales prices
of comparable products; a reduction in sales efforts by current
distributors; the company's dependence on sole source and limited
source suppliers; the company's dependence on relationships with
certain third-party subcontractors and contract manufacturers; declines
in the market value of the company's investment securities; the
complexity of the company's products; sales fluctuations arising from
customer transitions to new products; changes in the company's tax
provisions or adverse outcomes resulting from examination of its income
tax returns; environmental compliance costs; international economic,
regulatory, political and other risks; uncertain benefits from
strategic business combinations; the ability to attract and retain key
personnel; difficulties in transitioning to smaller geometry process
technologies; the ability to protect proprietary rights; the ability to
satisfactorily resolve any infringement claims; reliance on third party
technology; the use of "open source" software in the company's
products; changes in regulations or standards regarding energy use of
the company's products; computer viruses and other tampering with the
company's computer systems; and facilities of the company and its
suppliers and customers are located in areas subject to natural
disasters.

More detailed information on these and additional factors which could
affect the company's operating and financial results are described in
the company's Forms 10-K, 10-Q and other reports filed, or to be filed,
with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company urges all
interested parties to read these reports to gain a better understanding
of the business and other risks that the company faces. The
forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made
only as of the date hereof, and the company does not intend to update
or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise.

QLogic and the QLogic logo are registered trademarks of QLogic
Corporation. Other trademarks and registered trademarks are the
property of the companies with which they are associated.


CONTACT: QLogic Corporation
         Media Contact:
         Sonal Dave
           949.533.1655
           sonal.dave@qlogic.com
         Investor Contact:
         Simon Biddiscombe
           949.389.7533
           simon.biddiscombe@qlogic.com






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