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Rorke Data Signs ASK Corporation as Exclusive Distribution Partner for Japan

ASK to Distribute Rorke's Galaxy Aurora High-Performance RAID Product Line Targeting the Film, Broadcast and Video Post Production Industries (November 17, 2009)

TOKYO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/17/09 -- Rorke Data Inc., a data storage-centric, end-to-end solutions provider that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell Microproducts (OTCBB: BELM), announced that it has signed an exclusive agreement with Tokyo based ASK Corporation to distribute its new Galaxy® Aurora 8 Gbit Fibre Channel and InfiniBand RAID storage solutions. The agreement specifically targets the storage bandwidth-intensive film, broadcast and video post production markets, for which ASK Corporation is a respected, industry leading distribution company. With an MSRP starting at less than 70 cents (USD) per gigabyte of storage, the Galaxy Aurora RAID family delivers an unprecedented cost per GB/ performance ratio of over 2300 MB per second. This performance capability makes the Galaxy Aurora the most cost-effective, high-performance solution available today.

"Rorke Data is a well known provider of high-performance storage systems to the post production industry," said Yoshihiro Maeda, vice president of sales for ASK Corporation. "We are very pleased to enter into a mutually beneficial agreement with Rorke Data to sell and market their award winning Galaxy RAID product line in Japan. The Aurora RAID platform is ideally suited for our customers in the film, broadcast and HD video markets, and we look forward to demonstrating this product in our booth at the 2009 Inter BEE tradeshow."

"Rorke Data is excited to partner with the premier distribution company of data storage solutions for the post production industry in Japan," noted Bob Herzan, vice president of sales for Rorke Data. "Japan is well known as the world leader when it comes to extremely high resolution media formats, data-intensive post production workflows and cutting edge display technologies; and we are proud that ASK Corporation views Rorke's Aurora RAID product line as a vital component for their customer's success."

"With Aurora, Rorke Data is setting a new standard in price and performance for 8 Gbit fibre channel storage solutions," said Joe Rorke, vice president of marketing for Rorke Data. "Galaxy Aurora will enable wider adoption of 8 Gbit network topologies by making over SAN solutions cost-effective and simple to deploy. "Galaxy Aurora has so much storage bandwidth that up to 8 HD editors can simultaneously share or access the RAID system with out needing a costly 8 Gbit fibre channel switch. This reduces both capital equipment costs and network complexity."


About ASK Corporation

ASK Corp (ASK DCC Div) is a full service distributor of computer peripherals. ASK Corp also offers assistance and support for establishing branded products in the Japanese and APAC markets.

ASK DCC is a channel distribution division of ASK Corp, and through reseller alliances with major SI and dealers, specializes in handling digital content creation related products for the video and broadcast markets.

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. 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

Rorke Data is an ISO 9001:2000 & 13485:2003 certified data storage-centric, end-to-end solutions provider with expertise in primary and tiered storage architecture, integrating RAID, NAS, SAN, tape, and optical libraries with software and support. Rorke leverages certified expertise in Linux, Windows and Mac platforms delivering high bandwidth storage and network solutions for fixed content and rich media application environments and can provide custom integration outsourcing capabilities. Founded in 1985, Rorke Data is a subsidiary of Bell Microproducts and is composed of five divisions: Healthcare & Life Sciences, Media & Entertainment, Digital Surveillance, Digital Prepress & Publishing, and Professional Services & Engineering. More information about Rorke Data can be found at www.rorke.com.

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Lages & Associates
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Inter BEE 2009
Hall 8, Booth # 8204
November 18 – 20, 2009
Tokyo


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