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Europe-wide deal demonstrates commitment to storage innovation


Chessington, 5 March 2004: Bell Microproducts Europe, trading in the UK as Ideal, has announced an agreement with Intransa to provide its iSCSI and IP SAN solutions across Europe.

Bell Microproducts will support the Intransa line with its team of solution architects. Intransa solutions will be enhanced by Bell Microproducts offerings of storage assessment, installation, maintenance services and other customer support programs.

Mark Walker, Enterprise Director, Ideal, said: "Engaging with Intransa aligns extremely well with our overall strategy of representing the top suppliers in a given technology. This strategy provides significant benefit to our customers.
This partnership also offers Intransa's existing customers the flexibility and
ease of doing business with Bell Microproducts on a global basis to implement
their IP5000 solutions."


"We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Bell Microproducts, a global leader in storage solutions and distribution,” said Dr Avi Katz, president and CEO
of Intransa. “We are also pleased that Bell Microproducts chose Intransa as part of their new IP SAN and iSCSI initiatives. This partnership accelerates our company's momentum with customers worldwide to provide the industry's most advanced, intelligent IP SAN to address customer business needs. We look forward to building a unique relationship with Bell Microproducts, its resellers and customers on an international scale to provide best in class products and services."

The importance of the emerging IP SAN and iSCSI market was stressed by Simon Gay, Consultancy Practice Leader with corporate reseller Computacenter: “This technology will open up networked storage for the mid market. There’s a whole load of mid-sized enterprises that have yet to deploy a SAN, and iSCSI will provide the opportunity. It’s been talked about for a long time, but now it’s got real support and products are emerging.”


Intransa's IP SAN provides a sophisticated software and hardware architecture that enables customers to easily consolidate, scale, and manage storage for high data volume applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server. Intransa’s IP SAN and iSCSI solutions facilitate the enterprise deployment of cost effective tiered and on-demand storage infrastructure, and can be key to applications such as backup, restore and other mission-critical data management and disaster recovery.

For further information, call Ambrose McNevin on 020 8883 0875, or email ambrose@transom-media.co.uk.


About Bell Microproducts Europe
Bell Microproducts Europe is a major pan-European channel focused IT supplier. Headquartered in the UK, it covers every major European market including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Scandinavia and Benelux with annual sales approaching bn.
Backed by a rapidly expanding Professional Services division its accredited relationships with top names in Enterprise Storage, Systems, Software, Mass Storage and Security include HP, IBM, Microsoft, Seagate, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems and support a fast growing reseller partner community.
From its historical expertise in storage Bell Microproducts Europe has undertaken two years of rapid expansion to become a unique IT supplier dedicated to building markets for its vendors by helping reseller partners expand into new areas of expertise.


About Bell Microproducts Inc.
Bell Microproducts Inc. 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 Inc. web site at www.bellmicro.com.


About Intransa
Intransa, with headquarters in San Jose, California, is an innovator of
enterprise-class, intelligent IP storage solutions and technologies to
radically reduce the complexity of deploying network scalable storage and
services. Based on advanced technology that leverages the cost and performance advantage of Ethernet and the ubiquity of IP networks, Intransa's products will enable a new generation of information storage, delivery and management over the IP networks from objects to blocks. Founded in September 2000, Intransa has secured a total of million in funding from 3Com, Advanced Technology Ventures, Sofinnova Ventures, Sofinnova Partners, US Venture Partners and a major pension fund. For more information visit
http://www.intransa.com.



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