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Ideal Hardware, the UK’s leading storage distributor, today announced enhancements to the StoreAge product line to further boost their Open SAN portfolio. StoreAge’s Storage Virtualisation Manager (SVM™) that provides virtual volume management in a heterogeneous environment with servers and storage from multiple vendors, now supports Solaris 2.7 and 2.8 and has Snapshotting capabilities.

“The SVM™ is an innovative SAN appliance that provides storage pooling and flexible virtual volumes allocation featuring a single point of storage management,” says Paul Holder, product manager in Ideal’s Enterprise Storage Group.

“SAN is a strategic issue which will continue to grow exponentially in importance to the corporate marketplace, yet knowledge on the topic is still limited,” continues Paul. “To further assist our clients on the subject in terms of selection and implementation, we have arranged our SANblast events. We are delighted that StoreAge presented in London and will be presenting at the Manchester and Birmingham events. It will provide an opportunity for resellers to come to grips with the selling and implementation of SAN solutions.”

“We are extremely happy to join forces with Ideal Hardware to deliver complete storage networking solutions to the enterprise market,” says Dani Naor, director of business development at StoreAge. “Customers are now widely adopting new technologies in the storage space. Storage virtualisation is the recognised enabler for storage networking and our innovative asymmetric architecture positions us, and our partners, at the forefront of these developments. We are looking forward to presenting at SANblast, the premier industry event.”

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For further information please contact:

Liz Stanford
Ideal Hardware
020 8286 5000
lstanford@ideal.co.uk

Sharon Smith
Ideal Press Office
020 7375 3633
ssmith@metro-media.co.uk


Editor’s Notes:

With more than 20 major vendors participating, SANblast is a unique opportunity for resellers to understand the crucial points in selling and implementing SANs solutions. The remaining SANblast event is as follows:

19th June 2001 The Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham.

REGISTER ON LINE NOW at www.sanblast.co.uk

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

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 regarding this and other transactions). Investors should take such risks into account when making investment decisions. Shareholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. The company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements.

StoreAge Networking Technologies Ltd. (www.store-age.com) is a privately held company founded in 1999 as a spin-off from IIS Intelligent Information Systems (NASDAQ: IISL) and since then obtained over $28 million of equity investment from major strategic as well as leading financial groups. StoreAge develops and provides innovative storage technology and products with a focus on Storage Area Network (SAN) architecture. StoreAge is a technology leader in storage virtualization using an asymmetric design implemented through a SAN appliance approach. The Company seeks to increase and expand its cooperation with major OEM partners, storage systems integrators and storage service providers to deliver advanced storage solutions to the enterprise market. The Company has offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA and Haifa, Israel. StoreAge is a Voting Member of the European Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).


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