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Ideal Hardware today announces the launch of Computer Associates (CA) as an on-line software licensing partner. The launch signifies a major commitment to Ideal’s new and innovative on-line software licensing service – BORIS LDI. The service came into effect on June 1.

David Ball, CA’s VP indirect marketing, EMEA, comments: “BORIS LDI is an exciting and highly innovative licensing system which makes the whole business of buying software easier for resellers and their customers. Ideal offers a high level of advice and support, ensuring resellers acquire the most cost effective licences for their customers. We’re very pleased to be involved in Ideal’s new initiative at such an early stage and are confident it will boost product and licence sales.”

Ideal’s software licensing product manager, Mark Johnson, comments on the launch: “We are delighted to have CA as an on-line licensing partner. The addition of their premier software to BORIS LDI’s product offering will ensure we address the software licensing requirements of all our customers. BORIS LDI aims to offer a range of software licensing solutions addressing the customers’ individual needs, and with more major vendors soon to be announced BORIS LDI will be the easy and cost-effective one-stop-shop for all software solutions.”

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For further information please contact:

Grace Beesley
Ideal Hardware
+44 (0)20 8286 5416
gbeesley@ideal.co.uk

Mellissa Dorrell
Ideal Press Office
+44 (0)20 7375 3633
mdorrell@metro-media.co.uk

Lisa Baxter
Computer Associates
+44 (0)1753 241755
lisa.baxter@ca.com

Joel Morris
Harvard Centro
+44 (0)20 7494 6100
joelm@harvard.co.uk


Editor's Note:

Ideal Hardware Limited www.ideal.co.uk 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 http://www.bellmicro.com

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