SAN JOSE, Calif., June 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bell Microproducts
Inc. (Nasdaq: BELM), today announced a new partnership with Red Hat, Inc.,
the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise.
The deal allows Bell Microproducts to enhance its product portfolio with
Red Hat Enterprise Linux and provide a wider range of turn-key solution
suites and stand alone products.
"Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the market-leading open source platform in
our core markets," said Gary Gammon, senior vice president of marketing for
Bell Microproducts' Enterprise Division. "This partnership allows us to
provide a one-stop-shopping opportunity for our customers by providing
solutions that are built around Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It's just another
example of how we strive to provide our customers with a wide variety of
choices to fulfill their business needs."
According to the terms of the agreement, Bell Microproducts, a leading
provider of a wide range of high-technology products, solutions, and
services for the industrial and commercial markets, is now a certified Red
Hat distributor. Responding to Bell Microproducts' customer demand, the
company has made it a major business initiative to expand its Linux
practice. This partnership with Red Hat provides another piece of Bell
Microproducts' solution for the Linux community and is another proof point
that Linux continues to grow in popularity and enterprise market share is
on the rise.
"Our partnership with Bell Microproducts is a natural fit for Red Hat
as we share common goals of quality, service, and choice for resellers and
users," said Ed Boyajian, Red Hat's Vice President of Worldwide OEM and
Channel Sales. "This partnership recognizes Bell Microproducts' strong
commitment to Linux growth in the channel and extends the reach of our
products into their world-class customer base."
Committed to advancing open source software and its collaborative
development model, Red Hat has been recognized as an open source leader.
With Red Hat solutions, enterprise hardware and software vendors have a
standard platform on which to certify their technology and benefit from the
scalability and security of its open source software. Red Hat delivers the
vast benefits of open source computing into an enterprise environment where
cost-effective performance is absolutely at its most critical.
Value-added solution suites and stand alone products featuring Red Hat
Enterprise Linux are available now through Bell Microproducts' sales
office. Please call 800-800-1513 for more information.
About Bell Microproducts Inc.
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. Our offering includes RAID, NAS and SAN
storage systems, servers, fibre channel, software, computer components,
peripherals and a wide range of maintenance and professional services. Bell
Microproducts is an industry-recognized specialist in storage products and
is one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors.
Our products are available at any level of integration, from components
to subsystem assemblies and fully-integrated, tested and certified system
solutions. We add value with a broad range of services including design and
configuration, testing, software loading, kitting, mass storage and
computer system integration and custom server manufacturing. Trained and
certified technical personnel perform these processes at Bell
Microproducts' ISO 9001:2000 facilities.
We market and distribute more than 140 brand name product lines, as
well as our own Rorke Data and Hammer Storage brands, to original equipment
manufacturers (OEMs), system integrators, contract electronic manufacturing
services (CEMS) customers, value-added resellers (VARs) and retailers 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
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