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Ideal Hardware will be holding a daily prize draw at this month’s Computer Trade Show (CTS). Resellers can win £1000 credit to spend with Ideal. Entrants can qualify by competing in a four-player game of ‘Unreal Tournament’ at Ideal’s stands 122 and 134. Ideal will be hosting the stands in conjunction with its premier vendors Veritas and Compaq who will also be exhibiting their latest product offerings.

Ideal, wholly owned subsidiary of US based Bell Microproducts, will be showcasing a range of systems, software, components and connectivity offerings from its best of breed system building and connectivity vendors. These will include AMD, NVIDIA, EpoX, Fujitsu, Promise, LG Electronics and Hauppauge. Some of the components from these vendors will be demonstrated through an in progress display of ‘Unreal Tournament’, which will highlight the high quality, speed, reliability and storage capacity provided by the components.

Ideal aims to provide resellers with an informative insight into the complexities of component and connectivity solutions and outline future business opportunities in these markets. Partner Veritas will be endorsing its reseller promotion of a trip to Cape Town. Compaq will be presenting its new iPaq range to the computer trade marketplace. Ideal’s components and connectivity ranges plus all of its other IT solutions can be purchased through Ideal’s sophisticated on-line ordering service

which provides customers with a whole suite of real-time services designed to save time and money.

Claudette Morgan, Ideal’s product group manager, comments: "Ideal recognises the huge potential of the components and connectivity markets and has subsequently invested heavily in the respective focused divisions to deliver a comprehensive portfolio from a range of premier vendors. CTS gives us the opportunity to deliver our range of system building solutions to the reseller market, demonstrating that we truly are a one-stop-shop for IT solutions, and are able to meet the system building needs of the IT trade. Ideal plan to drive its components and connectivity portfolios into Europe through its alliance with Bell Microproducts, establishing itself as a leader in this field within the European marketplace."

Ideal Hardware, Compaq and Veritas can be found at stands 122 and 134 on the 21st and 22nd of February.

For further information please contact:

Alastair Rees

Ideal Hardware

020 8286 5250

Mellissa Dorrell

Ideal Press Office

020 7375 3633

Editor’s Note:

Ideal Hardware Limited, the wholly owned subsidiary of US based Bell Microproducts Inc., is a leading UK based value-added, storage-centric distributor focusing on the high end of the storage market. Ideal is also a leading distributor of Compaq servers, PCs and storage products and is one of only 12 Compaq distributors worldwide to be awarded the prestigious CIP accreditation for high-end products. Ideal has strategic relationships with approximately 80 suppliers of Enterprise storage, computer systems, software and media products. These strategic products are packaged with Ideal’s value-added programmes and services to provide complete NAS, SAS and SAN solutions.

Bell Microproducts Inc is an international value-added provider of a wide range of high technology products, solutions, and services to the industrial and commercial marketplace. The company's offering includes semiconductors, computer platforms, peripherals, and storage products of various types including desktop, high-end computer and storage subsystems, fibre channel connectivity products, RAID, NAS and SAN storage systems and back-up products. Bell Microproducts is an industry-recognized specialist in storage products and is one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors. The company's products are available at any level of integration from components, to subsystem assemblies, to fully integrated, tested and certified system solutions. The company adds value with a broad range of services including testing, software loading, kitting, mass storage system integration, and computer system integration. Trained and certified technical personnel complete each of these processes at Bell Microproducts' ISO 9002 facilities. Bell Microproducts markets and distributes more than 150 brand name product lines, as well as its own BellStor storage and Trademark(R) computer brands, to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), contract electronic manufacturing services (EMS) customers, value-added resellers (VARs) and system integrators in the Americas and Europe. More information can be found in SEC filings, or by visiting the Bell Microproducts Web site at

Note: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements, which reflect the Company's current views of future events and financial performance, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results or facts to differ materially from such statements for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to: the ability to successfully integrate the operations of recent acquisitions, industry conditions, changes in product supply, pricing, and customer demand, competition, other vagaries in the computer and electronic components markets, changes in relationships with key suppliers, foreign currency fluctuations and the other risks and information described from time to time in the company's reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (including the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Current Reports on Form 8-K regardi!
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