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Rorke Data Targets Video & Broadcast Resellers

Galaxy-HDX SATA-II RAID exceeds requirements for pro HD video users (January 14, 2005)

Rorke Data a subsidiary of San Jose-based Bell Microproducts, Inc., announced today that the Galaxy-HDX (SATA-II) RAID and SAN systems based on the companys new high performance, fourth-generation RAID engine is now shipping. Aggressively targeted at Apple and Windows-based NLE resellers, the HDX includes highly attractive margins, backed by a complete professional services and maintenance program for VARs in the high definition video market while providing film and broadcast users one of the industrys lowest cost per GB with solutions starting at $13,750.00 USD MSRP for a 6.4TB solution. The 3ru (rack mount unit), Galaxy-HDX also offers one of the highest storage densities available among todays comparable HD and content-centric RAID solutions.

?The HDX provides both aggressive MSRP and storage performance required by our resellers and VARs in the professional Film, Video and Broadcast market, said Bob Herzan, Vice President of Sales for Rorkes AV division. ?This channel has been hard hit by the direct competition of certain NLE OEMs; our resellers can make realistic margins starting at 20 percent.

Available in both Fibre Channel and U320 SCSI dual-host versions, Rorke Datas HDX-series integrates InfoTrends new family of high-capacity, high-density redesigned RAID enclosures integrated with latest controller technology. Performance benchmark tests demonstrate a greater than 300 megabytes per second (MB/sec) sequential sustained write performance for both models, and up to 450MB/sec reads; easily exceeding the throughput requirements for High Definition (HD) as well as 2K/4K film application environments.

?The fact that Rorke Datas HDX systems can deliver high-performance data storage at an amazingly low-price point for any OS platform, simply translates into much faster industry adoption for our products aimed at HD and digital film professionals, said Craige Mott, Managing Director of Bluefish 444.

?With native command queuing becoming increasingly available in SATAII drives, I/O performance and access can be further augmented, said Joe Rorke, VP of Marketing and Business Development for Rorke Data. ?Combining low-cost, high-performance, the latest drive/media management features available using SATA technology and an extremely competitive list price starting at less than a half a cent per MB, the Galaxy HDX presents video professionals with the value and competitive edge our customers have come to expect from Rorke Data.

The two-fold performance increase is based on Rorkes newest RAID engine, incorporating a 266 MHz ASIC, integrated dual PCI-X bus design and support for double data rate (DDR) memory. Highly integrated peripheral circuitry increases internal bandwidth up to 2GB/sec, making it ideal for high-throughput rich media or large file fixed content applications. Real time event notification options provide on-site or remote diagnostics for added convenience while working in the field.

?Comparable low-cost systems rely on striping two controllers within the same enclosure to achieve the sustained transfer rates required for HD application environments Herzan emphasized. ?The technology Rorke has implemented within the single controller of the Galaxy HDX, assures HD environments the same high-level efficiency of a dual striped controller system, without the risk of data loss typically associated with such multi-controller solutions.

The Galaxy-HDX subsystems offer unparalleled flexibility with capacities ranging from 1TB to 100s of TBs depending on the configuration and application environment; support for OSX, Windows, Linux, Irix and Solaris, online expansion for adding, copying and replacing drives. Broad RAID level support includes 0, 1(0+1), 3, 5, 10, 30, 50, JBOD, and NRAID.

About Rorke Data
Rorke Data is an ISO 9000 certified data storage-centric, end-to-end solutions provider with expertise in primary and tiered storage architecture, integrating RAID, SAN, DVD, tape and optical libraries. Rorke leverages certified expertise for Unix, Win and Mac platforms delivering high bandwidth storage and network solutions for fixed and content and rich media application environments. We back our products with comprehensive, global professional services. Founded in 1985, Rorke Data, is a subsidiary of Bell Microproducts, San Jose, CA, and is composed of four divisions: Healthcare & Diagnostic Imaging, Digital Video & Broadcast, Digital Prepress & Publishing, as well as a Technical & Professional Services division. Rorke Data is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bell Microproducts, Inc. (Nasdaq: BELM).

More information about Rorke Data can be found at

About Bell Microproducts
Bell Microproducts is an international, value-added provider of a wide range of high-technology products, solutions, and services to the industrial and commercial markets. 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, back-up products, storage management software, and extensive support, integration and installation services. Bell Microproducts is an industry-recognized 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 and 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 complete each of these processes at Bell Microproducts' ISO 9001:2000 facilities. Bell Microproducts markets and distributes more than 125 brand name product lines, as well as its own Rorke Data storage 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

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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