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Emulex ranked #1 in 4 Gb/s HBA revenue market share

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• Independent research recognises Emulex as leading supplier of 4Gb/s HBAs and end users validate industry-leading reliability

London October 25, 2006 – Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX) today announces that it has achieved the number one position in 4Gb/s host bus adapter (HBA) revenue share, with 44 per cent, according to Dell’Oro Group’s second quarter SAN Infrastructure market analysis report. Emulex also increased its market share by eight percentage points from the previous quarter, according to the report.

Research from TheInfoPro also reinforces Emulex’s leading position within enterprise data centres, citing overall reliability and strong partnerships with Fortune 1000 companies as key factors supporting Emulex’s leadership position. TheInfoPro’s Storage Wave 7 Study published in April, confirms Emulex’s continued market leadership position with focused end user research. According to the data, 49 per cent of the Fortune 1000 storage professionals surveyed name Emulex as their primary supplier of HBAs, which is twice as many when compared to its nearest competitor.

TheInfoPro’s most recent Wave 8 research also highlights Emulex as the leading vendor under consideration for future 4Gb/s HBA deployments on the “Storage Networking Technology Heat Index,” which gauges the immediacy of user needs and planned spending, and indicates the relative demand for 4Gb/s HBA technology.

“These findings are no doubt attributable to our solid line-up of 4Gb/s design wins with all of the top-tier server and storage OEMs, most recently with IBM System x, IBM BladeCenter, HP BladeSystem and HP ProLiant, which represent fast-growing market segments,” said Mike Smith, executive vice president of worldwide marketing, Emulex Corp. “With nearly 100 design wins across our multiple product families, Emulex is a clear leader in delivering 4Gb/s solutions to meet the needs of the world’s most demanding data centers.”
 
Additionally, Emulex recently announced the general availability of its innovative LightPulse Virtual HBA technology. Emulex’s Virtual HBA technology provides enhanced SAN functionality for virtualised servers and is available to end users deploying its market-leading family of 4Gb/s HBAs. Emulex’s 4Gb/s family of HBAs address the need for reliable, scalable and high-performance SAN connectivity solutions. Over the past several years, Emulex has added a number of 4Gb/s solutions to its LightPulse family, ensuring that companies of all sizes benefit from advanced, backward-compatible and field-proven storage technologies.
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Emulex Fibre Channel HBAs ~ Generations Ahead
Emulex LightPulse HBAs leverage seven generations of advanced, field-proven technology, providing customers with the highest quality SAN connectivity solutions that the world’s leading enterprises have come to rely upon. With a unique firmware upgradeable architecture, common driver model and centralized management tools for simplified installation and deployment, Emulex HBAs are simply “Generations Ahead” of competing solutions. The Emulex suite of Fibre Channel HBAs offers the following industry-leading features and benefits:

• Superior Quality and Reliability - Field-proven, single-chip design with a combination of parity and other advanced error checking methods to validate the integrity of data blocks.
• Most Efficient Installation and Management - Unique tools designed to automate installation and provide local and remote HBA configuration and management. The Emulex architecture allows complete independence of device drivers from HBA hardware and firmware, which translates into time- and cost-savings by eliminating the need to reboot during most configuration changes and providing compatibility across HBA generations.
• Maximum SAN Performance - Experience superior full-duplex data throughput and I/O processing, ideal for real-world application environments. Dynamic Frame Multiplexing is another exclusive Emulex feature designed to consistently provide superior performance in mixed workload environments, such as disk and tape back-up.
• Fastest Diagnosis and Recovery - Ensures fast and efficient SAN troubleshooting with comprehensive diagnostics, detailed event logging and tracing.

Broadest Enterprise Deployments - With the largest installed base of HBAs, Emulex SAN connectivity solutions are trusted by the world’s largest, mission-critical enterprises.
 
About Emulex

Emulex Corporation is the most trusted name in storage networking connectivity and a leading provider of critical building blocks for intelligent data center infrastructure solutions. The world’s leading server and storage providers rely on Emulex award-winning HBAs, intelligent storage platforms and embedded storage products, including switches, bridges, routers and I/O controllers, to build reliable, scalable and high performance storage and server solutions. Emulex is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:ELX) and 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. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.