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Rorke Data Selects Hitachi Deskstar Drives for Galaxyi RAID

Higher-performance, higher-capacity RAID systems unveiled at IBC 2004 (September 10, 2004)

Today at the International Broadcasters Consortium (IBC) 2004, Rorke Data (Hall 3, Stand 234) together with its sister company Bell Microproducts Europe BV (both subsidiaries of San Jose-based Bell Microproducts, Inc.), announced plans to integrate 400GB Hitachi Deskstar 7K400 SATA hard drives into Rorke Datas Galaxyi series of storage systems.

The Galaxy 16i series offers a choice of either high-performance Fibre Channel or SCSI-U320 controller technology and is engineered to meet a diverse range of user requirements such as fixed digital content storage, IT infrastructure efficiency, or rich media creation and distribution. Built to sustain high-level performance, the Galaxyi series is ideal for a broad range of applications including nearline digital content storage, video editing and special effects, broadcast server archiving and digital cinema applications.

?Rorke Data is excited to partner with Hitachi, a true technology innovator and hard drive performance leader, said Joe Rorke, Vice President of Marketing, Rorke Data. ?Hitachis 400GB SATA drives are the perfect complement to Rorke Datas data intensive storage products for the media and entertainment industry. When paired with Rorkes Galaxyi family, the Hitachi drives make it possible for us to offer the video and film post production community approved RAID and SAN solutions that not only provide fast access to files, but are very economically priced as well at under a 1/2 cent per megabyte.

Designed for audio video (AV) environments where large capacities and a lower per-gigabyte cost are key requirements, the Hitachi 400GB Deskstar 7K400 offers a new industry-standard AV feature set, making the drive well-suited for use in high-quality digital video applications. Known as Streaming Command Set, this new feature optimizes the drives for storing and retrieving digital video content. The Streaming Feature Set includes five different components: streaming performance log, error recovery time limits, continuous read/write controls, streaming error logs and configure stream command to ensure a smooth data stream without jerks or dropped frames.

The Galaxyi supports multiple array configuration (RAID levels 0, 1, 1[0+1], 3, 5, 10, 30, 50 and JBOD) as well as hot-spare drive operation and drive hot-swapping. The drive, which features a 8MB-buffer, offers an average seek time of 8.5 ms and enough capacity to store up to 45 hours of HDTV programming.

Please visit Rorke Datas Booth at IBC, September 10th-14th 2004, RAI Convention Center, Amsterdam and experience the storage capacity and workflow capability of the Galaxy 16i.

About Rorke Data
Rorke Data is a full digital storage solutions provider with expertise in Fibre-Channel RAID, SAN, DVD, tape and optical libraries, Unix, NT and Mac environments, high bandwidth networks, and related professional services. Founded in 1985, Rorke Data, is a subsidiary of Bell Microproducts, San Jose, CA, and is composed of four divisions: Medical Diagnostic Imaging, Digital Video & Broadcast, Digital Prepress & Publishing, as well as a Technical Services division. More information about Rorke Data can be found at Rorke Data is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bell Microproducts, Inc. (NASDAQ: BELM).

For more information, contact: Rorke Data, Inc., 9700 West 76th Street, Eden Prairie, MN 55344; 800/328-8147 or 952/829-0300; fax: 952/829-0988; website:


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