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Ideal Enterprise Solutions Channel Zone demonstrates the single largest concentration of multi-vendor storage technologies at StorageExpo 2002

- Demonstrations of current and future storage technologies
- On-hand expertise offering independent advice from Ideal Enterprise Solutions
- Products from HP, Cisco, HDS, Fujitsu Siemens and others,

In a unique collaboration with the world¡¦s leading storage specialists and reseller partners Ideal Enterprise Solutions will demonstrate the latest developments in storage technology at Storage Expo 2002 at Birmingham¡¦s NEC on 16th and 17th October 2002.

Ideal Enterprise Solutions, the independent provider of enterprise storage and infrastructure solutions for VARs, resellers and systems integrators, will demonstrate technologies from the world¡¦s largest (and some of the not so large) suppliers in an open, vendor neutral environment at the Ideal Channel Zone.

The solutions on display will include:

Data Replication - This feature will allow users to see a live demonstration of a server failing over to a replicated storage resource, thus maintaining access to data in the event of a site failure.
Clustering - This feature will show two servers working in parallel to each other sharing a common storage resource in the SAN. Users will be able to automatically fail over the applications and users from one server to the other. This demonstration will show how in the event of a server failure, users are still able to continue accessing data and applications

DAS to SAN Migration - This demonstration will show how users can take existing Direct Attach Storage discs raid sets and move these disc arrays into a SAN environment with ease, and maintaining the original data integrity.

SAN Management - Users will be able to try a variety of leading storage management tools & Appliances from leading manufacturers and ISV. Virtualisation - solutions will be demonstrated where users can pool a storage resource and allocate storage on demand to servers attached to the SAN. Disaster Recovery - The demonstration suite will allow users to backup servers across the SAN & LAN to centralised Libraries attached to the SAN. Features such as LAN Free backup, Snapshots & various high end tape technologies and Mailbox restores will be demonstrated.

Fibre Channel over IP & iSCSI - The latest technologies to enter the storage arena will be available for demonstration showing the benefits of being able to utilise Gigabit Ethernet as a storage transport connecting remote and campus sites at high speed.

NAS - NAS is increasingly offering a compelling cost effective solution to storage needs. With its IP connectivity and straightforward scalability, NAS is also emerging as being suitable for both corporate and SME users

If you are attending StorageExpo2002 or would like further information on the channel zone contact: Ambrose McNevin, Transom Media, 020 8444 7649

Each of the following manufacturers have a stand within the channel zone and will be showing live demonstrations.

Fujitsu Siemens Computers & Pertiech Peritech and Fujitsu Siemens Computers have joined forces to provide leading solutions in areas such as * Best-in-class storage products fully integrated with servers in storage networks * Data management, Disaster recovery and High availability * Primepower Solaris servers with upto 128 processors * Server consolidation programmes and capacity on demand

Sungard Availability Services

SunGard Availability Services is the leading provider of information availability services helping to ensure
that more than 10,000 clients in Europe and North America have uninterrupted access to their business-
critical information systems.

SunGard's complete range of information availability services includes Business Continuity, Data Replication, Data Backup and Vaulting and Hosting services.


Maxtor Corporation is one of the world's largest suppliers of hard disk drive storage products and solutions. Maxtor offers one of the most pervasive lines of reliable storage products to help store the digital world. Maxtor products are found in homes, at work, and in large enterprise businesses.

Source Consulting

If managing the growth of your data or gaining control of your backup environment are at the top of your agenda then come to the Channel Zone where Source Consulting will let you into a couple of well kept trade secrets. Source Consulting will be showing you why Bocada BackupReport is tipped to be the next big thing in backup management, and why Tivoli has just paid tens of millions of dollars for the outstanding Trellisoft StorageAlert.

Hitachi Data Systems Hitachi Data Systems builds Freedom Information Infrastructures for the most IT-intensive corporations. Through its technology experts and strategic partners, the company offers a range of innovative solutions that enable businesses to simplify, protect and optimise their information management. With Hitachi Freedom Information Infrastructures, customers focus on managing their businesses, not their technology.

Eurologic Systems

Eurologic Systems is a premier provider of network storage solutions to the vertical, channel, and server markets and has, for over a decade, set the standard for storage technology, arriving early-to-market with state-of-the-art network storage technology, Ultra320 SCSI, 2Gb and IP-SANs, optimized to meet the unique, demanding requirements of a wide range of storage-centric markets.


VERITAS Software Corporation is the leading provider of storage management software for data protection, application availability, and disaster recovery.

86% of the Fortune 500 companies rely on VERITAS Software storage management solutions that offer proven interoperability across diverse applications, servers, storage hardware, and appliances.

VERITAS Software ranks among the top 10 software companies in the world.

Iomega's new Network Attached Storage products combine highly cost-effective storage with exceptional ease-of-use and data protection features. Up and running in minutes, they are easy to maintain and upgrade which helps to keep running costs down. Thanks to the multi-protocol file support, our units are ideal for use in heterogeneous networking environments. They provide easy storage and backup solution to microsoft Windows 2000, Apple Macintosh, Novell, Linux and Unix clients.


The StorageWorks MSA 1000 is designed to reduce the complexity, expense and risk of SAN deployment. DtS (Direct Attach to SAN) architecture provides a quick and easy way to migrate data from one technology to another. This entry level to mid-range SAN is complemented by HP's StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) which offers high performance, high capacity and high availability for the high-end enterprise class marketplace.


Storage Access over an IP and Optical Infrastructure

The Cisco SN 5428 Storage Router

The Cisco SN 5428 Storage Router combines iSCSI, IP and fibre channel technologies to provide data administrators with an easy way to migrate from direct attached storage (DAS) to a more manageable, cost effective and scalable Storage Area Network (SAN) Solution.

By using the Cisco SN 5428 an Enterprise can utilise their existing Ethernet / IP skills and Infrastructure to deploy a SAN Solution at a fraction of the cost of installing a new Fibre Channel network


Quantum, a global leader in Data Protection and Network Attached Storage systems, including: Quantum Guardian 14,000 & 4,000: NAS servers offering enterprise ready functionality unmatched by other workgroup servers, at a fraction of traditional storage costs. ATL Superloader: An advanced tape autoloader which holds more data in less space than any autoloader ever produced.

Ideal Enterprise Solutions

Ideal Enterprise Solutions is a channel dedicated independently managed division of Ideal Hardware, part of the .5 billion Bell Microproducts storage centric global distribution firm.

Since its inception in October 2001 Ideal Enterprise Solutions has established itself as the enterprise partner for storage technologies. It is totally dedicated to helping partners penetrate the enterprise storage market. With more than 80 dedicated sales and technical staff, Ideal Enterprise Solutions has rapidly expanded its skills base and portfolio of suppliers. Ideal Enterprise Solutions provides a highly focussed and experienced management support and delivery service for enterprise level storage, systems and networking solutions.

Building on Ideal Hardware's partnerships with the world's major IT manufacturers and vendors built up over the last 15 years, Bell Microproducts is now the leading European supplier of storage solutions. Its Enterprise capability in Europe, branded Bell Microproducts Solutions, (and Ideal Enterprise Solutions in the UK), is well placed to consolidate this position and offer true pan-European enterprise storage distribution and support.

As a fully accredited and technically expert storage supplier, Ideal Enterprise Solutions operates under four main sales divisions V HP, EMC, Open Storage Vendors (OSV) and Data Storage Management (DSM).

It also operates the Infrastructure Design Practice: A fully staffed technical services division offering specialist consultancy in the implementation of enterprise storage solutions. The UK channel¡¦s only dedicated enterprise storage market maker.

As Ideal Enterprise Solutions holds the widest portfolio of SAN and Fibre Channel technologies in Europe, its dedicated technical team can develop tailored storage configurations to meet an organisation¡¦s specific business need. Ideal Enterprise Solutions also has partnerships with the leading enterprise storage manufacturers, including HP, EMC and Computer Associates (Ideal is the only UK provider of CA's entire product portfolio) and the widest portfolio of Open SAN and Fibre Channel manufacturers across Europe.

Safe Harbour

Statements attributed to Ideal Enterprise Solutions contained herein may constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Safe Harbour provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Although Ideal Enterprise Solutions believes the expectations contained in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. This information may involve risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors which could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, factors detailed in the Company's filings with the relevant regulatory authorities.

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