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BakBone Software, a global provider of storage management software, announced today that it has entered into a distribution deal with Ideal Hardware Limited for its products, centred on its NetVault software.

Ideal Hardware, a wholly owned subsidiary of US-based Bell Microproducts Inc., has been selected to launch BakBone’s storage management products into the European market.

Paul Milner, Ideal’s product group manager in the Enterprise Solutions Group, comments: “We are delighted to be helping BakBone into the European market. Our enviable reputation as the leading supplier of storage solutions has been built on the strength of the products that we distribute. We are convinced that by adding NetVault to our product offerings, our customers will be able to generate significant new areas of business, as companies seek to grow their storage capabilities.”

“We considered the optimum route to market for our products in Europe and opted to work with Ideal because of its strengths in helping to both create and strengthen this significant market sector.” said Andrew Unsworth, BakBone’s managing director for EMEA. “In line with BakBone’s channel-centric philosophy, we felt that our NetVault product would make an admirable fit into the Ideal storage portfolio and look forward to working closely with Ideal to build strong brand awareness across Europe.”

Key points of BakBone’s NetVault:

- NetVault 6.03 is scalable backup/restore software that enables users, from
workgroup through enterprises to combine powerful performance with
unprecedented ease of use across the widest range of data storage
topologies, from direct-attached storage to network-attached storage (NAS),
and ultimately to storage area networks (SAN).

-NDMP compliance, enabling companies to implement NAS-based solutions with plug-and-play ease.

-Unique design and flexibility allows growth as information storage needs expand.

-Simple to use throughout installation, operation, service and support - without sacrificing performance.

-Collective approach optimises and synthesises storage, server, client and network resources to give unparalleled backup and restore speeds on a wide range of tape formats including DLT, AIT, SDLT, LTO and M2.

For further information please contact:

Paul Milner

Ideal Hardware

020 8286 5440

Geoffrey Ellis

Ideal Press Office

020 7375 3633

Sean Jackson

BakBone Software

01202 241000

Editor’s Notes:

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 world-wide 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 BakBone Software, Inc.

BakBone Software™ (TSE: BKB, OTC: BKBOF) is an international storage management software company that develops and globally distributes industry-leading storage management solutions to the open systems markets, providing data protection and management solutions scalable from workgroup to enterprise that will grow with a company’s needs.

BakBone’s NetVaultTM storage management software is designed to provide unparalleled robustness, and unmatched data protection and recovery to meet the challenges of today’s computing infrastructures. NetVault’s comprehensive but easy to use features include versatile modular design, advanced SAN support and specialized on-line application backup. The very core of the product is designed with high bandwidth data transfers in mind and designed to ensure that performance is not compromised.

BakBone’s corporate headquarters is located at 10145 Pacific Heights Boulevard, San Diego, Ca. 92121. Its stock is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and is included on the TSE 300 Composite, S&P/TSE Canadian SmallCap and TSE 200 indices. For more information on BakBone products, access BakBone’s web site at

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