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Chessington, Surrey – October 28, 2002: Ideal Enterprise Solutions has expanded its broad range of storage offerings with the announcement of a distribution agreement with EMC covering its new CLARiiON CX200 system.

Launched today, the CX200 is aimed at organisations looking for a cost-effective solution that provides a clear upgrade path to meet future growth requirements. The distribution agreement allows for storage specialist Ideal Enterprise Solutions to supply the system to all UK resellers.

Simon Stokes, Ideal Enterprise Solutions’ European Franchise Manager – EMC, said the system will be sold primarily through the channel. “It is aimed at workgroup and departmental environments. It makes available many of the performance and availability advantages of high-end, enterprise technology to a much broader church,” he said.

He added that the system, which supports Windows 2000, NT and Red Hat Linux Advanced Server environments, is suited for use in small to medium sized enterprises.

Ideal Enterprise Solutions is part of Ideal, the UK arm of Bell Microproducts Europe, one of the country's most successful IT companies, supplying a full range of hardware and software products and services, from components to high level consultancy. Under the agreement Bell will also act as a distributor for the product in Scandinavia, the Benelux region, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The CLARiiON CX Series offers a full range of networked storage options, while delivering customer value and flexibility through a single deployment model, unified storage management strategy, common architecture and end-to-end upgrade path.

As the performance leader in its class, the CLARiiON CX200 delivers 25,000 I/Os per second of throughput and 200 megabytes per second of bandwidth in cached environments.

Garry Veale, Vice President of EMEA Channels at EMC, said: “In the past 10 weeks, EMC has worked closely with Ideal Enterprise Solutions, one of our key distribution partners, to deliver a complete, upgradeable line of next-generation networked storage systems. The CX200 completes EMC’s CLARiiON CX Series and our work with Ideal Enterprise Solutions continues our strong execution in offering customers the industry’s most powerful, high-function storage platforms at affordable prices.”

As the third member of the CLARiiON CX Series, the CX200 shares a common architecture, components and FLARE operating environment with the CX Series while maintaining tight management integration with the CX400, CX600 and the entire CLARiiON family.

The CX200 incorporates the following powerful and easy-to-use storage software applications: Navisphere web-based, remote management; PowerPath channel failover and intelligent path management; Access Logix for secure, shared or selective server access.

For further information contact Ambrose McNevin on 0208 444 7649 or David Martin on 07940 732568.

Ideal Enterprise Solutions

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

Since its inception in October 2001 Ideal Enterprise Solutions has established itself as THE partner for storage technologies. It is totally dedicated to helping partners exploit enterprise level storage technologies. With more than 110 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), has consolidated this position and offers true pan-European enterprise storage distribution and support.

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

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.

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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. Ends

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