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Leading software manufacturer, Computer Associates (CA) awarded the prestigious title of CA European Distributor of the Year 2001 (EMEA) to Ideal Hardware, wholly owned subsidiary of Bell Microproducts Inc. Key areas recognised in the presentation of the award were Ideal’s continued commitment to partnership, business success and development of innovative solutions for the channel, such as its on line licensing services, BORIS LDI.

The award confirms the company’s premier status as a leading CA distributor, and re-iterates Ideal’s commitment to forging strong and prosperous alliances with its vendors on a pan European basis, alongside Bell Microproducts Europe.

“We are proud and honoured to receive this award,” comments Ian French, CEO of Ideal Hardware. “Receiving European Distributor of the Year 2001 confirms our status as a leading software distributor. We have worked closely with our sister company, Bell Microproducts Europe and its recent launch into Europe. Bell Europe has now firmly established its European presence and this award to Ideal Hardware will further enhance its status.”

George Kafkarkou, CA’s General Manager, Indirect Sales, EMEA says: “Ideal Hardware has met our stringent criteria for receiving this award in terms of customer service, growing CA business and the use of its innovative services such as BORIS LDI. Ideal Hardware boasts a highly knowledgeable and professional sales team and has invested in its software division, developing the software portfolio to offer a comprehensive software solution. The award is testimony to this achievement and our regard for Ideal as a prestigious and reliable distribution partner.”

The award follows the recent signing of CA as an on-line software licensing partner which allows Ideal to offer licences for CA software solutions through its user-friendly and cost-effective licensing tool – BORIS LDI.

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For further information please contact:

Wai Tang Ideal Hardware
020 8286 5000

Mellissa Dorrell
Ideal Press Office
020 7375 3633

Lisa Baxter
Computer Associates
01753 241755

Joel Morris Harvard Centro
020 7494 6100

Editor’s Note:
Ideal Hardware Limited, the wholly owned subsidiary of US based Bell Microproducts Inc., is a leading UK based value-added, storage-centric distributor focusing on the high end of the storage market. Ideal is also a leading distributor of Compaq servers, PCs and storage products and is one of only 12 Compaq distributors worldwide to be awarded the prestigious CIP accreditation for high-end products. Ideal has strategic relationships with approximately 80 suppliers of Enterprise storage, computer systems, software and media products. These strategic products are packaged with Ideal’s value-added programmes and services to provide complete NAS, SAS and SAN solutions.

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 marketplace. The company's offering includes semiconductors, computer platforms, peripherals, and storage products of various types including desktop, high-end computer and storage subsystems, fibre channel connectivity products, RAID, NAS and SAN storage systems and back-up products. Bell Microproducts is an industry-recognised specialist in storage products and is one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors. The company's products are available at any level of integration from components, to subsystem assemblies, to fully integrated, tested and certified system solutions. The company adds value with a broad range of services including testing, software loading, kitting, mass storage system integration, and computer system integration. Trained and certified technical personnel compl!
ete each of these processes at Bell Microproducts' ISO 9002 facilities. Bell Microproducts markets and distributes more than 150 brand name product lines, as well as its own BellStor and Rorke Data storage and Trademark(R) computer brands, to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), contract electronic manufacturing services (EMS) customers, value-added resellers (VARs) and system integrators 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 Computer Associates
Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE:CA) delivers the software that manages eBusiness. CA’s world-class solutions address all aspects of eBusiness process management, information management, and infrastructure management in six focus areas: enterprise management, security, storage, eBusiness transformation and integration, portal and knowledge management, and predictive analysis and visualisation. Founded in 1976, CA serves organisations in more than 100 countries, including 99 percent of the Fortune 500 companies. For more information, please visit

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