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New levels of service expertise open up to UK resellers

Chessington, 23 July 2003: Ideal is partnering with VERITAS, the world’s leading storage management solutions company, to provide professional services to UK resellers.

From pre-sales to project delivery UK reseller customers can now tap into combined expertise of the UK’s largest storage distributor and the world’s leading storage management solutions company.

Ian Lockhart, Head of Professional Services, Ideal, said: “This consultancy partnership with VERITAS is a significant milestone for Ideal. Our reputation for providing service expertise to our reseller customers has grown rapidly since the inception of Ideal Enterprise Solutions. Consulting in partnership with VERITAS, we no longer provide single point expertise in HP, EMC or HDS, but deliver total storage management solutions. Our reseller customers have long acknowledged Ideal as the ‘safe hands’ in storage and this consultancy partnership will raise the bar further on the service levels available to and through the channel.”

Chris Boorman, EMEA VP Marketing, VERITAS, said: “Ideal is a strong partner for VERITAS and one of the things we have observed over the last year is an increase in demand for professional services. This partnership will enable us to deliver a better service to both our resellers and customers.”

Ideal is a leading UK supplier of both Enterprise and Volume solutions from VERITAS.

For further information please contact; 020 8444 7649

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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