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Ideal Hardware today announced it has been appointed as the first UK distributor authorised by ADIC to distribute and install the complete range of ADIC tape automation products, from FastStor to Scalar 1000. Having undertaken extensive training at ADIC, Ideal is now the only UK distributor authorised to stock, configure and install ADIC’s enterprise scale Scalar 1000 libraries.

“We are delighted with our relationship with ADIC and with the fact that we have been awarded this exclusive,” says Mark Walker, systems and enterprise director at Ideal. “We have identified to ADIC the commitment Ideal and the Enterprise Solutions Group has in their company and in their products and this has been reflected by Ideal being awarded these distribution rights. We are currently working closely with ADIC to identify and establish new ACR (ADIC Certified Reseller) partners who will benefit from the training, discounts and technical support associated with this prestigious accreditation.”

“We feel our association with Ideal Hardware continues to be highly beneficial for everyone concerned, especially our customers,” commented Steve Mackey, UK sales director at ADIC. “We carefully select our channel partners and limit the number to those companies who we believe will work most effectively with ADIC in delivering the highest customer satisfaction. Ideal Hardware’s commitment to sales, technical and logistic excellence make it the perfect partner to distribute our Scalar 1000 libraries.”

ADIC’s Scalar 1000 tape library delivers scalability and capacity through a flexible and cost effective growth path from 1 to 48 drives and from 118 to 1182 tape slots, storing in excess of 80 terabytes of data. Expansion is simple, expanding the modular cabinet without using ‘pass-through ports’ and without hindering performance. The Scalar 1000 libraries are available with AIT, DLT, LTO or IBM 3590 tape drives.

With more than 70,000 automated libraries installed and a suite of innovative software solutions and Storage Area Networking (SAN) products, ADIC is a leading global provider in the growing market to manage and protect information for computer networks. ADIC offer the industry’s broadest range of automated tape library solutions, offering storage products with capacities from a single data cartridge to more than 70,000. ADIC products support the broadest range of drive types, including DLT, AIT, Magstar 3590 and the new generation of Enterprise class LTO and SDLT drives. All libraries are fully supported by the leading backup and storage management software products on all major platforms.

For further information please contact:

Wai Tang

Ideal Hardware

020 8286 5000

Sharon Smith

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

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About ADIC: With an installed base of more than 70,000 automated libraries, innovative storage management software, Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions and, Network Attach Storage (NAS) appliances, ADIC is a leading device-dependent storage solutions provider to the open systems marketplace. The company offers a broad range of products designed to enhance organisations’ ability to store, protect, manage and use their rapidly growing network data. ADIC’s automated storage products are available through a worldwide sales force and a global network of resellers and OEMs, including Dell, Fujitsu Siemens and IBM.

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