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Distributor brings quality service and support to security software market

Chessington, November 6, 2002 - Ideal Hardware has announced that it has become a distributor for the US-based security solutions provider, Imperito, taking the full range of Imperito SafeSecure„· Access security solutions out to the UK market, via its extensive network of reseller customers.

The Imperito signing forms part of Ideal's dynamic focus on the security software market, which will see more partnerships with security vendors being signed in the near future.

Imperito was founded in 1998 and focuses on meeting the needs of large and small enterprises looking for comprehensive network security solutions that are quick to deploy, simple to manage, easy to scale, and offer a fast return on investment. Its SafeSecure Access family of security management solutions enables enterprises and service providers to create secure network infrastructures across an open-ended range of client devices, server platforms and security applications.

Alex Tatham, vice president of global software at Ideal, said: 'This is a significant signing for Ideal, for Imperito and for UK resellers. As we help to grow Imperito's UK market share we will be raising awareness of the issues surrounding security and helping our reseller partners this will open up new opportunities to win business in this important and growing sector.'

Already well established in the US security sector, Imperito offers an excellent opportunity for resellers who want to break into this important and growing market. For those resellers already active in security software, Imperito can offer them an enhanced portfolio of services.

The combination of Imperito's rapidly deployed solutions and Ideal's class-leading support means UK resellers can be confident that they can meet their customers security needs.

In today's business climate more than ever, enterprises must compete aggressively and use the best tools at their disposal to gain competitive advantage. Accordingly, enterprises must cost-effectively command all aspects of network security. By working with Ideal, Imperito is taking its next generation network security out to the wider UK market. Ideal's reputation for providing quality support and service made a great impression and we are proud to have Ideal on board. Commented Steve Behrens, VP worldwide sales, Imperito.

The full range of Imperito products are now available through Ideal to UK resellers as part of Ideal¡¦s ongoing commitment to providing best-of-breed solutions across a range of specialist technologies.

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About Ideal

Ideal is the UK subsidiary of the world¡¦s largest storage-centric, value-added distributor, Bell Microproducts Inc. Ideal¡¦s product portfolio includes a comprehensive range of data storage, systems, software and services solutions from over 80 market leading IT vendors including
HP/Compaq and Microsoft.

In 2001, Ideal divided its business into Volume, Enterprise and Services to provide added focus to the reseller channel, delivering the support of two separate, specialist sales solutions ¡V Ideal and Ideal Enterprise Solutions.

The Ideal volume business continues to focus on delivering value to the channel for HDD, NAS, Tape, Optical, mass storage and components. Ideal Enterprise Solutions supports resellers in the management of customers¡¦ enterprise storage and complex networking requirements, from conceptualisation through to installation and includes systems, software and LDI (License Desk on the internet).

In 2001, Ideal was awarded Storage Distributor of the Year for the third consecutive year.

About Bell Microproducts
Bell Microproducts is an international, value-added provider of a wide range of high-technology products, solutions, and services to the industrial and commercial markets. The company is an industry-recognized specialist in storage products and is one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors with offices in the Americas and Europe. More information can be found in the company's SEC filings, or by visiting the Bell Microproducts Web site at

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About Imperito

Imperito is a global leader in network and client security management. The Imperito SafeSecure family of security management solutions enables enterprises and service providers to quickly create secure network infrastructures across an open-ended range of client devices, server platforms and security applications. The award winning Imperito SafeSecure Access family of products and managed services enables fast deployments, policy-based management and quick ROI for enterprise secure access. Imperito has more than 400 global partners and well over 160 global customers. Imperito's products and services are sold directly and through its worldwide partner network. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Imperito is privately held with funding from Charter Ventures, BEV Capital, JPMorgan Capital, Sun Microsystems, Mitsui Comtek, TechFund Capital, and private investors. For more information, please call 866 IMPERITO, 650/212-8300, or visit

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