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Rorke Data Collaborates with Fujitsu and Myricom to Set New Standard in Video Storage Cost-Performance

May 1, 2006

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN (May 1, 2006) For the first time, video/broadcast storage specialist Rorke Data, a subsidiary of San Jose-based Bell Microproducts, Inc. [NASDAQ:BELM], XG 10-Gigabit Ethernet switch manufacturer Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. and high-performance computing pioneer Myricom, Inc. have collaborated to deliver a cost-effective 10Gbit Ethernet NAS solution. Based on Rorke Data's Galaxy NAS, the new video storage solution leverages the Fujitsu XG700 10-Gigabit Ethernet switch and Myricom's Myri-10G Network Interface Cards (NICs) to deliver unprecedented cost-performance. Optimized for Digital Video (DV) and High Definition (HD) video applications, the combined solutions feature ultra-low-latency switching and low-cost scalable rack density up to 12TB in a single, compact unit.

The new HD-ready Galaxy NAS series can be scaled to accommodate four to 24 hard disk drives, and includes Intelฎ server components plus a cost-effective Embedded NAS operating system. The complete, turnkey Network Attached Storage / Storage Area Network (NAS/SAN) solution is integrated with the Fujitsu XG700 switch, an industry leading low latency (450ns fall-through), non-blocking single-chip 10Gb Ethernet switch. The Fujitsu XG700 sustains up to 240 Gbps throughput in a compact form factor, ensuring video professionals the performance necessary for HD content.

"The Fujitsu XG series is ideally suited for dynamic high bandwidth applications like the Rorke Data HD Video NAS solution and Fujitsu is thrilled to integrate with this innovative architecture," said Vic Herring, senior director, new products group, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. "The XG series' provides a cost-effective high-speed interface, 12-port non-blocking ASIC and 15K jumbo frame support, making it the ideal choice for DV applications."

The flexible connectivity offered by combining these three solutions enables the network architecture to be constructed according to each environment's unique requirements. Myri-10G PCI-Express NICs deliver near-wire-speed user-level throughput greater than 9.6 Gigabits per second, versus comparable solutions offering no more than 7.5 Gb/s.

"Since we introduced our Myri-10G solutions, high-end storage-solution providers have been among the most proactive and aggressive customers in leveraging 10-Gigabit speeds and the latency advantages inherent in Myricom technology," says Dr. Chuck Seitz, Myricom founder and CEO. "In developing a `best-of-breed' solution targeting video storage, Rorke stands to establish a formidable lead in one of the most challenging sectors within storage networking."

"Fujitsu and Myricom have solid, reputable names in the industry and the 10Gb solutions they offer are some of the best in the industry," said Joe Rorke, VP of Marketing and Business Development for Rorke Data. "Combined with our Galaxy NAS solution, this collaboration of solutions will enable, scalable, cost effective deployments of DV, HD over IPTV, Cable, CDN's and Satellite for entertainment content owners, distributors and aggregators as well as for global service provider IP deployment."

The Rorke solution also includes link aggregation, IGMP snooping and port security, which are key features to video content professionals. Rorke Data resellers will sell the product throughout North America, and be authorized to provide a range of service and support options as well.

Experience Rorke Data's broad offering of storage solutions at NAB April 24-27, 2006, booth #SU236.

About Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. conducts engineering and marketing activities in Sunnyvale, CA and sales operations throughout the United States. Fujitsu Computer Products of America currently offers products and services including hard disk drives, scanners and scanner maintenance, Magneto-Optical drives, palm vein recognition technology and 10Gb Ethernet switches. Fujitsu Computer Products of America is located at 1255 East Arques Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA, 94085. For more information about Fujitsu products and services, call us at 800-626-4686 or 408-746-7000.

For more information, please see: http://www.fcpa.fujitsu.com

About Myricom

Founded in 1994, Myricom, Inc., created Myrinet, the high-performance computing (HPC) interconnect technology used in thousands of computing clusters in more than 50 countries. With its next-generation Myri-10G solutions, Myricom achieves a convergence at 10-Gigabit data rates between its low-latency Myrinet technology and mainstream Ethernet. Myri-10G bridges the gap between the rigorous demands of traditional HPC and the growing need for affordable computing speed in enterprise data centers. Privately held and based in Arcadia, California, Myricom achieved and has sustained profitability since 1995 with eleven consecutive profitable years through 2005. (http://www.myri.com)

About Rorke Data

Rorke Data is an ISO 9001:2000 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, 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. More information about Rorke Data can be found at http://www.rorke.com. Rorke Data is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bell Microproducts, Inc. (Nasdaq: BELM).

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