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Rorke, Techex, and Fission Team to Deliver SAN Solutions

Televisa to use Rorke ImageSAN at eight TV stations across Mexico (November 04, 2004)

Rorke Data, together with its sister company Bell Microproducts (both subsidiaries of San Jose-based Bell Microproducts, Inc.), announced today a strategic partnership with Techex, Inc., a specialized international distributor of complete digital video systems solutions, and Fission Software, Inc., a software developer of Fission a software automation solution for TV stations - to integrate Rorkes ImageSAN solution into eight (8) Televisa TV stations located throughout Mexico.

Installations at the Televisa sites include Fission Software broadcast automation system for master control and content acquisition, Incite and Adobe Premiere solutions for each of the news editing and post-production workstations, and Inscriber E-clips and VMP Studio for live studio operations. To ensure each of the elements worked seamlessly and to ensure ready availability of the data from any authorized system within each TV station, Fission Software also installed Rorke Datas ImageSAN file sharing software for Windows, along with dual controller Rorke Galaxy 60 RAID systems, 2Gbit Fibre switches, HBA's and Metadata controller servers.

?Rorke Datas storage solutions for Broadcast combine price, performance, with global integrated Professional Services said Joe Rorke, Vice President of Marketing. ?By partnering with Techex, and Fission Software, we are able to cost-effectively extend reach into Latin America to secure key, widely distributed business such as Televisa

Each Televisa environment includes several Fission ingest stations (with the content received via Satellite or other broadcast outlets), and multiple Fission management and playout stations to manage both the programming and commercial content. As a result, most of the stations are capable of running multiple channels from a single facility. Each Fission Software installation also includes several Incite and/or Adobe Premiere editing workstations which are seamlessly tied together by Rorke Datas storage area network solutions.

?The integration of Fission Software and Rorke Datas storage solutions allowed Telesistema (part of Grupo Televisa) to improve their current workflow and reduce their operating costs, said Ricardo Martin, Regional Sales Manager for Techex, Inc. ?This is an important step towards a tapeless work environment for Televisa taken by Telesistemas Technical Direction headed by Mr. Arturo Mignon.

The eight Televisa television stations Fission Software, Inc. has completed over a SAN-based environment include: Guadalajara, Monterrey, Tijuana, Puebla, Bay City, Veracruz, Mexicali and Ensenada.

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,Win 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: 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. (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:

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 marketplace. The companys 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 and back-up products. Bell Microproducts is an industry-recognized specialist in storage products and is one of the worlds largest storage-centric value-added distributors.

The companys products are available at any level of integration from components, to subsystem assemblies, to 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 9002 facilities. Bell Microproducts markets and distributes more than 150 brand name product lines, as well as its own BellStor storage and TradeMark computer 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 SEC filings, or by visiting the Bell Microproducts website at


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