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Rorke Data Unveils Newest Addition to Its Value-Based, Performance-Driven Galaxy Storage Line

New Galaxy(R) 3G Storage Series Offers High Performance, Low Cost per Gigabyte (July 29, 2008)

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 07/29/08 -- 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 the general availability of its new Galaxy® 3G product line. With an MSRP of less than one dollar per gigabyte of storage, the Galaxy 3G features high performance capability of over 1,000 MB per second, making it the highest performing, lowest cost per gigabyte member of the Galaxy family.

As storage applications become more decentralized and the amount of data and images that need to be stored continues to grow, the market is ripe for high capacity, value-based storage solutions. Joe Swanson, Rorke Data's president, explained, "There are a number of factors driving the rapid increase in data storage requirements, all of which have created a new mid-market storage landscape. In the mid-market, storage solutions must be flexible and value-based while delivering high performance. In other words, they must be practical storage solutions that are not burdened with complex and costly storage architectures."

Advanced embedded diagnostic tools provide an easy to use yet highly sophisticated diagnostic capability for the entire Galaxy 3G storage system, including remote 'call home' features. According to Swanson, "Ease of use and serviceability have been hallmarks of the entire Galaxy product line and the 3G provides a new set of support features that continue and build upon that tradition."

"The new Galaxy 3G is the performance and price leading product within our 10-year-old Galaxy brand of value-based storage," added Swanson. "The growing volume of data and images that need to be stored has multiplied exponentially, and the management and retention of this data has reached critical mass. Companies in the mid-market require efficient and reliable solutions for managing content. We are pleased to provide our customers with a cost-effective, high-performance storage solution to meet the ever increasing needs of the mid tier storage marketplace."

The Galaxy 3G leverages both SAS and SATA components and the high-capacity Seagate Barracuda® 1TB ES.2 series of hard drives, making it ideally suited as a data storage system to support a range of HD related applications, as well as a range of archival and management platforms. Additionally, the Galaxy 3G is the first Galaxy product to be fully compatible with the Seagate® Barracuda ES.2 family of low power drives. Full support for fibre channel, serial attached SCSI, iSCSI and SCSI host interfaces are possible due to the Galaxy 3G's backplane flexibility.

The choice of SATA and SAS drive support with the Barracuda ES.2 hard drives provides the ultimate integration flexibility for the Galaxy 3G family. SAS is especially optimized for business-critical and nearline enterprise storage environments that demand native enterprise host compatibility with robust data integrity. SAS also offers advantages including dual-port, full duplex capability and a host of enterprise class features for increased system-level performance and reliability.

"Seagate Barracuda ES.2 drives are well-suited for use within Rorke Data's Galaxy 3G product family because they deliver the high capacity storage required, while consuming less power with no performance sacrifices," said Sherman Black, senior vice president and general manager, Seagate Enterprise Compute business. "Rorke's latest Galaxy system is an ideal solution for delivering scalable capacity and redundancy for growing tier-two environments while providing value-based price points to the market."

The Galaxy 3G is compatible across all platforms, supports all RAID configurations (including RAID 6) and delivers individual system capacities of 80TB.

Available with a complete suite of service deliverables including onsite installation and 24 x 7 support, Galaxy's RAID and NAS storage solutions can be purchased at and also through Bell Microproducts, please visit 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 performed 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 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 Rorke Data is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell Microproducts Inc. (PINKSHEETS: BELM).

Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC in the United States and/or other countries. Barracuda is either a trademark or registered trademark of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliated companies in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. When referring to hard drive capacity, one gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one terabyte, or TB, equals one trillion bytes. Your computer's operating system may use a different standard of measurement and report a lower capacity. In addition, some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions, and thus will not be available for data storage. Actual quantities will vary based on various factors, including file size, file format, features and application software. Seagate reserves the right to change, without notice, product offerings or specifications.

Media Contact:
Dena Grigas
Lages & Associates
(408) 492-1470
[email protected]

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