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IRIDAS Selects Rorke Data for Certified Hardware Solutions

Rorke to Provide IRIDAS Channel Partners With Both Galaxy 8 GbFC and InfiniBand Storage Solutions as Well as High-Performance HP Workstations (March 04, 2009)

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN -- (Marketwire) -- 03/04/09 -- Rorke Data Inc., a data storage-centric, end-to-end solutions provider that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell Microproducts (PINKSHEETS: BELM), today announced that its new Galaxy® Aurora and Galaxy HDX2 have been certified by IRIDAS, a leader in digital cinema workflow technologies. Further, IRIDAS has authorized Rorke to integrate their Galaxy storage products with precisely configured HP workstations to provide total system maximum performance and gain the efficiency of a single point of contact service and support model.

The Galaxy family of RAID and SAN-ready storage solutions is the first to offer users a choice of either 8 Gigabit Fibre Channel (8GbFC) or dual port 20 Gigabit InfiniBand (IB) with some models MSRP starting at under one dollar per Gigabyte (GB). The Galaxy storage platform features high performance capability of over 1,700 MB per second, making it the highest performing, lowest cost per gigabyte storage solution available for multi-stream HD, 2K (including Stereoscopic) and single stream 4K workflows in the post-production marketplace.

"The Galaxy Aurora SAN solution's superior performance capability and low cost of ownership make it ideally suited to the post-production market," noted Patrick Palmer, COO for IRIDAS. "Rorke's unique integration capabilities provide a mix of application-specific storage solutions with name brand workstations and servers, and they back the offerings with global support -- which suits our customer base perfectly."

IRIDAS FrameCycler, SpeedGrade, and MetaRender products are used around the world in film and TV production, scientific research, and presentation venues. IRIDAS applications are designed to function within a workflow which may include different OS environments, pipeline configurations, and other applications. All IRIDAS software uses an open architecture which is easily scripted to integrate into any pipeline on all three major platforms (Windows, Mac, and Linux) or mixed environments.


According to Joe Swanson, Rorke Data's president, "Ten years ago this year, the Galaxy product line made its debut at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Today, our products are being used by major Hollywood studios like Sony Pictures for digital video and audio. Industry leaders such as IRIDAS rely on the Galaxy Aurora to meet the rigorous requirements of storage intensive applications for video editing and broadcast."

Available with a complete suite of service deliverables including onsite installation and 24x7 support, Galaxy's RAID and NAS storage solutions can be purchased at www.rorke.com and also through Bell Microproducts. Please visit www.bellmicro.com or call 1-800-800-1513 for more information.

About Galaxy

Galaxy provides customers with the most cost-effective, scalable and easy to use purpose-built RAID storage solutions and NAS solutions available.

Galaxy RAID and NAS solutions are manufactured by Rorke Data Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell Microproducts in ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 13485-2003 certified facilities. All Galaxy solutions are delivered only after a rigorous test and approval process preformed by trained technical teams, and systems arrive to customers pre-formatted and ready to install. All systems are backed with a broad range of services including interoperability testing, complete system integration, and pre- and post-sales support. Galaxy has been successfully installed by thousands of customers in a wide variety of fields, from video editing to healthcare imaging. Galaxy RAID is an FDA registered device.

About Rorke Data

Founded in 1985, Rorke Data is both an ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 13485:2003 certified data storage-centric, end-to-end solutions provider with expertise in primary and tiered storage architecture, integrating RAID, NAS, SAN, DVD, tape and optical libraries. Rorke leverages certified expertise in Linux, Windows and Mac platforms to deliver high bandwidth storage and network solutions for fixed and content-rich media application environments. Rorke's products are backed with comprehensive global professional services. Founded in 1985, Rorke Data is composed of four divisions: Healthcare & Diagnostic Imaging, Digital Video & Broadcast, Digital Prepress & Publishing, as well as a Technical & Professional Services division. More information about Rorke Data can be found at http://www.rorke.com. Rorke Data is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell Microproducts, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: BELM).

About IRIDAS

IRIDAS pioneered desktop film-resolution playback in 2001. Its FrameCycler products are the industry standard for frame-based image review. In 2003 IRIDAS introduced SpeedGrade, the first desktop grading application to provide full 2K performance on a regular PC workstation. In 2007, IRIDAS presented the first real time render quality RAW playback technology. Today SpeedGrade, FrameCycler and MetaRender provide the critical links in an end-to-end pipeline for digital image content and color metadata. IRIDAS' applications are used by filmmakers around the world and major animation and postproduction houses. IRIDAS is an independent, privately held company, headquartered in Munich, Germany. For more information, visit www.iridas.com.

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