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Chessington; 26 June 2003: With the launch of the third generation Itanium (aka Madison) due in less than one week, Ideal Enterprise Solutions has warned VARs that failure to train up on Itanium now could seriously harm their businesses in the very near future.

From the early adopters in supercomputing environments such as universities through high performance computing environments running customised applications Itanium now has the backing of many major application vendors pushing the platform into the mainstream business world.

‘It is key that our VAR customers understand the opportunities offered by Itanium and the risks associated with ignoring those opportunities. Already sales of Itanium running Windows and Linux are picking up rapidly. And now the combination of third generation Itanium and more and more applications being developed specifically for the platform mean its popularity is set to soar making those VARs fully trained in Itanium best placed to reap the benefits,’ says Mark Walker, director, Ideal Enterprise Solutions.

Whether Linux or Windows focused (Linux server shipments are ramping up with an estimated 182,000 Linux servers expected to be shipped in Western Europe in 2003).
VARs must commit to shipping Itanium or risk missing the boat.

Ideal Enterprise Solutions ran the UK’s first ever Itanium training event aimed exclusively at the UK channel and there will be more over the coming months.

Ideal Enterprise Solutions is the UK’s largest HP Proliant distributor.

HP Itanium: The Opportunity; is the subject of a major presentation at Think Data 2003 conference (www.think-2003.com) on 4 July in Novotel West, Hammersmith, London to be delivered by Tim Schelling, HP EMEA Commercial Manager.





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
Markets;
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 www.bellmicro.com.


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