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Chessington, June 4 2003, – Ideal, the UK arm of Bell Microproducts Inc., is to host the UK's leading data storage and security event, Think 2003, on 4 July at Novotel West, Hammersmith, London.

Conference highlights at Think 2003 will include:

The formal UK launch of HP’s hotly anticipated web based product configuration and assembly programme “Top Config” by senior HP and Ideal executives.
The HP Product Pavilion with HP’s full range of hardware on show from PDA to Alpha servers.
The ThinkTank: A jointly run advice centre from Veritas and Ideal’s professional services arm IDP at which attendees can book free consulting sessions.
The Security Zone – including RSA, Symantec, Network Associates and Clearswift.

Think 2003 is a conference for CIOs, infrastructure managers and Storage Solutions Managers as well as Managing Directors and Financial Directors with over 500 attendees expected.

This year's event follows in the wake of successful Think events last year which covered security and storage as well as focusing on the SME market. Leading vendors, resellers and integrators will be on hand at the event to demonstrate how UK businesses can protect their vital business data by deployment of the right security products and the intelligent use of storage technologies.

There will be 30 manufacturer exhibition stands, 25 presentations and live product demonstrations. The event is split into four main themes, or Tracks: the Product Track, the Channel Track, the Business Track and the Technical Workshops.

Think 2003 is being hosted by Ideal Enterprise Solutions and is sponsored by HP, Veritas, Clearswift, Hitachi Data Systems, Network Associates, Emulex, Legato, JNI, RSA, Quantum, Symantec, Sonicwall, StorageTek and Microsoft.

Ian French, President of Bell Microproducts Europe, said: "Our company has, for years, been at the forefront of the UK storage sector; not just selling products but providing strategic advice and consultancy. In security, we are quickly attaining similar status. Think 2003 sees us maintain our position as the company the storage industry turns to for guidance and leadership. With a powerful mix of technological and business messages, Think 2003 will help UK businesses to navigate their way through the sometimes confusing array of storage and security options they are faced with."

More details on Think 2003 can be found at along with information on how to register for the event and directions to the venue.


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About Ideal
Ideal is the UK division of Bell Microproducts Europe. Bell Microproducts Europe is a unique channel focused supplier of hardware and software products and services ranging from components to high-level consultancy.

Each Bell Microproducts Europe business operates in the following key technology markets:
Enterprise Solutions - Focusing on high-end storage solutions. Branded as Ideal Enterprise Solutions in UK and Bell Microproducts Solutions in all other European territories.
Systems - Focusing primarily on the Intel based server, desktop and mobile
Software – Focusing on the sales of software, primarily through its on-online licensing tool LDi (Licence Desk internet);
Mass Storage - Focusing on disk drives and storage components;
Professional Services - Storage consultancy engaging with end users to create a market for resellers.

Bell Microproducts Europe is headquartered in Chessington in the UK with operations in France (Paris) Germany (Munich); Italy (Milan); Netherlands (Amersfoort); Belgium (Brussels); and Sweden (Stockholm).

Bell Microproducts Solutions is headquartered in Almere, The Netherlands with operations in Belgium (Brussels), Germany (Frankfurt) and Austria (Vienna).

Bell Microproducts Europe is part of the $2 billion NASDAQ listed Bell Microproducts Inc, one of the world's largest storage focused IT companies operating from more than 40 locations, and employing over 1,100 people across the US, Canada, Latin America, the UK and Europe.

In the UK Bell Microproducts Europe owns and operates Ideal Hardware. Ideal Hardware was voted Storage Distributor of the Year at the Computer Reseller News Channel Awards 2002 for the fourth 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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