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Rorke Data Announces the Galaxy Aurora LS: High-Performance, Low-Cost Storage Solution for the Next Generation Post Facility

Launching This Week at NAB: Rorke's 8 Gbit Fibre Channel Storage Solution Utilizing Nehalem-Based Software RAID to Raise Performance Bar, Lower Total Cost of Ownership (April 15, 2009)

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwire) -- 04/15/09 -- Rorke Data Inc., a data storage solutions provider and wholly owned subsidiary of Bell Microproducts (PINKSHEETS: BELM), announced today the general availability of its new Galaxy® Aurora LS (LiteSpeed) direct-attached RAID and SAN appliance. Designed with four 8Gbit Fibre Channel host connections, the Galaxy Aurora LS is the highest performing RAID in its class with sustained transfer rates of over 1000 MB/s and rebuild times up to 6X faster than hardware-based RAID solutions. It supports multiple uncompressed HD streams or 2K film, making it ideal for the film or video post production industries.

With an MSRP starting at less than 70 cents per gigabyte, the Galaxy Aurora LS fills a gap in the market by giving smaller post production workgroups access to high performance storage that had previously been cost prohibitive.

According to Robert Herzan, Rorke Data's vice president of sales, "Rorke Data has a long and successful history in the media market. Our expertise has led to thousands of installations and our storage solutions are used by the most prominent names in the industry. We are excited that the Galaxy Aurora LS is now the highest-performing product at this price point in the market today. We designed it around our customers' needs and made it universally supportive of any operating systems and audio/video applications."

EOS, Aurora's patent pending software RAID engine, further distinguishes the Galaxy Aurora family from the competition's traditional RAID offerings by eliminating the biggest bandwidth bottleneck -- the ASIC based hardware RAID controller. The EOS RAID engine is powered by a Nehalem-based CPU driving a multi-core software RAID algorithm that is extremely fast, and is highly adaptable. Unlike hardware RAID ASICs, EOS can be quickly reprogrammed to take advantage of next-generation faster CPUs and more efficient network protocols as they become available in the market.


"Post production professionals at every level are going to appreciate that they can use their Blackmagic Design products with Rorke Data's new Aurora LS RAID storage device," said Dan May, president, Blackmagic Design, Inc. "The EOS style RAID engine enables cutting-edge high performance levels, as well as seamlessly integrates into our customers' SAN environments. We are very pleased to support the new Aurora LS, another excellent tool to facilitate our customers' creativity and production."

The 12-Bay Galaxy Aurora LS features 1, 2 or 4 ports of 8Gbit Fibre Channel connectivity, can be configured as a Direct Attached or SAN appliance and offers 10-15 TB of usable storage capacity with RAID 6 protection. An embedded, Web-based GUI allows users to easily monitor status and troubleshoot. Able to support multiple workstations in a SAN without expensive switches, the Galaxy Aurora LS is compatible with SAN software including; XSAN, CommandSoft, StorNext, and MetaSAN and is application tested with AJA, Blackmagic, Matrox, Bluefish, Final Cut Pro, AVID, Adobe, DaVinci, Autodesk, IRIDAS, Assimilate, and Digital Vision with more to follow.

The Galaxy Aurora LS, as well as all Rorke Data products, are supported by Rorke Data's Professional Services Division and come complete with pre-and-post sales support, onsite installation, 24x7 onsite, and custom services. For more information or to purchase Galaxy products, please visit www.rorke.com or call 1-800-328-8147. Galaxy products are also available through Bell Microproducts at www.bellmicro.com.

About Galaxy

Galaxy is a registered trademark of Rorke Data. The Galaxy family of products provides customers with the most cost-effective, scalable and easy to use purpose-built RAID and NAS storage solutions available.

Galaxy RAID and NAS solutions are manufactured at Rorke Data's ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 13485-2003 certified integration facilities. All Galaxy solutions undergo a rigorous test and approval process preformed by trained technical teams. This process ensures that products arrive at the customer pre-formatted and ready to install with a broad range of services, including interoperability testing, pre-sale engineering consultation, complete system integration, and post-sales support. Over 8000 Galaxy storage appliances have been successfully installed in rich content media applications ranging from video post production and film to healthcare imaging and digital surveillance. 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. Rorke Data is composed of five divisions: Healthcare & Diagnostic Imaging, Digital Video & Broadcast, Digital Prepress & Publishing, Digital Surveillance, and Security as well as the Engineering & Professional Services Division. For more information or to purchase Galaxy products, please visit www.rorke.com or call 1-800-328-8147. Galaxy products are also available through Bell Microproducts at www.bellmicro.com.

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