Rorke's New Galaxy-i(TM) IDE-to-SCSI 3 RAID Receives Quick Approval From Diverse OEMs in the Non-Linear Editing Industry

Spruce, Matrox, Pinnacle, DPS and Media 100 Endorse New Low-Cost,

Fault-Tolerant Disk Arrays



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Rorke Data, Inc.

    LAS VEGAS, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- NAB 2001,
 Sands Expo Center Booth #i6442 -- Rorke Data, Inc., a subsidiary of San
 Jose-based Bell Microproducts, Inc. (Nasdaq:   BELM), announced today that the
 company's new Galaxy-i(TM) series of low-cost, high-performance RAID arrays --
 which began shipping in early March 2001 -- has already received compatibility
 endorsements from Spruce, Matrox, Pinnacle, DPS (Digital Processing Systems),
 and Media 100.
     The new Galaxy-i series of desktop and rackmount RAID solutions was
 specifically designed for data-intensive environments such as digital video
 editing, effects creation, and streaming media production for the Internet.
     Joe Rorke, Rorke's VP Marketing, announced the Galaxy-i endorsements.
 "This is the first low-cost, high-performance, fully fault-tolerant RAID 3
 configuration to be offered to the A/V industry," said Rorke.  "Now editors
 can get the same performance -- with full data protection -- for the same
 price as traditional JBOD's or striped arrays.  This is a major improvement
 that safeguards our users from having to re-digitize their content in the
 event of a disk failure."
     "Rorke Data is a partner who we've been working closely with for quite
 some time to help ensure that video professionals can benefit from tested and
 validated storage solutions," said Lee Kaburis, Product Manager, Matrox
 Electronic Systems.  "Rorke's professionalism and dedication to being a leader
 in the industry has been demonstrated yet again with the release of the
 Galaxy-i series."
     Spruce Technologies also recently approved the Galaxy-i, said Gary Hall,
 Senior Product Manager, Spruce Technologies. "We've found that the Galaxy-i
 works perfectly in DVD production applications," said Hall, "and is a
 tremendous value, not only in its price-per-gigabyte, but in performance,
 reliability, and a remarkably small footprint.  Spruce Technologies is happy
 to recommend Galaxy-i to all of our customers looking for big storage for
 workgroups or individual production stations."
     Pinnacle Systems is another recent endorser of the new Galaxy-i series.
 "The Galaxy-i completes Rorke's data storage product offering for our
 resellers on a worldwide basis," said Jan Piros, Product Manager, Pinnacle
 Systems.  "Whether it's the Americas, Europe, or Asia, Rorke offers Pinnacle
 customers approved storage, spanning a range from single-user desktop
 environments to complex, multiple OS-based configurations."
     The Galaxy-i series RAID systems incorporate the latest IDE-to-Ultra 3
 interface (Fibre-Channel available 2nd Quarter 2001), offering unmatched I/O
 performance in multiple disk configurations.  Galaxy-i models range in
 capacity from 216GB to 600GB, and offer data rates that range from 80MB/sec.
 up to 160MB/sec.  Supporting disks from 45GB to 76GB, the Galaxy-i enclosures
 utilize SCA backplane technology in a six-bay tower or eight-bay rackmount,
 and can reach capacities over 600GB in a single unit.  The systems support
 RAID levels of 0, 1 (0+1), 3 and 5, utilize six removable disk drives, and
 offer two removable, redundant, hot-swappable power supplies.
 
     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, NT and Mac
 environments, high bandwidth networks, digital asset and document management,
 and engineering and maintenance services.  Founded in 1985, Rorke Data,
 together with its European subsidiary, Rorke Data Europe, located in Emmen,
 The Netherlands, is composed of six divisions:  Medical Archive Applications,
 Audio/Video, Prepress, Imaging, Document Management, Engineering and
 Installation Services.  More information about Rorke Data can be found at
 http://www.rorke.com .  Rorke Data is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bell
 Microproducts, Inc.
 
     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 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 and back-up products.
 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, 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 http://www.bellmicro.com
 
     About Media 100
     Media 100 is a leading supplier of software, systems and services for
 streaming media on the Internet.  Media 100 develops software and systems that
 simplify the creation and delivery of video on the Internet, DVD and CD-ROM.
 Media 100 also provides the most comprehensive suite of streaming media
 services to its customers by offering encoding (audio and video compression)
 and hosting (delivery) services for Internet broadcasters, web designers and
 digital media content creators.  For more information, visit
 http://www.media100.com
 
     About Spruce Technologies
     Spruce Technologies, Inc. is a global market leader in DVD authoring
 applications for the creation of interactive broadband content.  At the core
 of every Spruce application is a modular authoring architecture known as the
 SpruceCore, supporting the most complex commercial DVD projects without
 requiring extensive programming expertise.  More information is available from
 Spruce at 408-861-2200, or at http://www.spruce-tech.com
 
     About Pinnacle Systems
     Pinnacle Systems' broadcast, desktop, and consumer products provide video
 professionals and consumers cutting-edge digital video tools to create, store,
 distribute and view web enabled digital video easier and more affordably than
 ever before.  Pinnacle Systems may be reached at 650-526-1600 or on the World
 Wide Web at http://www.pinnaclesys.com
 
     About Matrox
     Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd. is a technology and market leader in the
 field of digital video hardware and software for real-time editing, DVD
 authoring, and web streaming applications.  In 2001 Matrox is celebrating 25
 years of continuous innovation and an Emmy award in recognition of outstanding
 achievement in pioneering development of full-motion broadcast-quality PC
 video and compression plug-in cards. Website: http://www.matorx.com
 
     About DPS
     DPS designs innovative and flexible hardware and software solutions that
 facilitate every aspect of video production and content creation from the
 desktop to the television studio.  DPS's core products include the
 industry-acclaimed dpsVelocity(TM) non-linear editor and dpsReality(TM) Studio
 Digital Disk Recorder, both updated recently for real-time webstreaming and
 DVD content creation. Unmatched in terms of price and performance, DPS
 products are economical enough for use in creating corporate, educational and
 industrial videos, while powerful enough to be the preferred choice for film
 and video post production facilities, major television networks, television
 stations and cable companies worldwide.
 
     Safe Harbor Statement
     This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of
 the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such forward-looking
 statements, which reflect the Company's current views of future events and
 financial performance, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties which
 could cause actual results or facts to differ materially from such statements
 for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to: the ability to
 successfully integrate the operations of recent acquisitions, industry
 conditions, changes in product supply, pricing, and customer demand,
 competition, other vagaries in the computer and electronic components markets,
 changes in relationships with key suppliers, foreign currency fluctuations and
 the other risks described from time to time in the Company's reports to the
 Securities and Exchange Commission (including the company's Annual Report on
 Form 10-K).  Investors should take such risks into account when making
 investment decisions.  Shareholders and other readers are cautioned not to
 place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as
 of the date on which they are made.  The company undertakes no obligation to
 update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements.
 
     For more information about the Galaxy-i series, contact: Rorke Data, Inc.,
 9700 West 76th Street, Eden Prairie, MN  55344; 800-328-8147 or 952-829-0300;
 fax: 952-829-0988; website:  http://www.rorke.com
 
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    LAS VEGAS, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- NAB 2001,
 Sands Expo Center Booth #i6442 -- Rorke Data, Inc., a subsidiary of San
 Jose-based Bell Microproducts, Inc. (Nasdaq:   BELM), announced today that the
 company's new Galaxy-i(TM) series of low-cost, high-performance RAID arrays --
 which began shipping in early March 2001 -- has already received compatibility
 endorsements from Spruce, Matrox, Pinnacle, DPS (Digital Processing Systems),
 and Media 100.
     The new Galaxy-i series of desktop and rackmount RAID solutions was
 specifically designed for data-intensive environments such as digital video
 editing, effects creation, and streaming media production for the Internet.
     Joe Rorke, Rorke's VP Marketing, announced the Galaxy-i endorsements.
 "This is the first low-cost, high-performance, fully fault-tolerant RAID 3
 configuration to be offered to the A/V industry," said Rorke.  "Now editors
 can get the same performance -- with full data protection -- for the same
 price as traditional JBOD's or striped arrays.  This is a major improvement
 that safeguards our users from having to re-digitize their content in the
 event of a disk failure."
     "Rorke Data is a partner who we've been working closely with for quite
 some time to help ensure that video professionals can benefit from tested and
 validated storage solutions," said Lee Kaburis, Product Manager, Matrox
 Electronic Systems.  "Rorke's professionalism and dedication to being a leader
 in the industry has been demonstrated yet again with the release of the
 Galaxy-i series."
     Spruce Technologies also recently approved the Galaxy-i, said Gary Hall,
 Senior Product Manager, Spruce Technologies. "We've found that the Galaxy-i
 works perfectly in DVD production applications," said Hall, "and is a
 tremendous value, not only in its price-per-gigabyte, but in performance,
 reliability, and a remarkably small footprint.  Spruce Technologies is happy
 to recommend Galaxy-i to all of our customers looking for big storage for
 workgroups or individual production stations."
     Pinnacle Systems is another recent endorser of the new Galaxy-i series.
 "The Galaxy-i completes Rorke's data storage product offering for our
 resellers on a worldwide basis," said Jan Piros, Product Manager, Pinnacle
 Systems.  "Whether it's the Americas, Europe, or Asia, Rorke offers Pinnacle
 customers approved storage, spanning a range from single-user desktop
 environments to complex, multiple OS-based configurations."
     The Galaxy-i series RAID systems incorporate the latest IDE-to-Ultra 3
 interface (Fibre-Channel available 2nd Quarter 2001), offering unmatched I/O
 performance in multiple disk configurations.  Galaxy-i models range in
 capacity from 216GB to 600GB, and offer data rates that range from 80MB/sec.
 up to 160MB/sec.  Supporting disks from 45GB to 76GB, the Galaxy-i enclosures
 utilize SCA backplane technology in a six-bay tower or eight-bay rackmount,
 and can reach capacities over 600GB in a single unit.  The systems support
 RAID levels of 0, 1 (0+1), 3 and 5, utilize six removable disk drives, and
 offer two removable, redundant, hot-swappable power supplies.
 
     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, NT and Mac
 environments, high bandwidth networks, digital asset and document management,
 and engineering and maintenance services.  Founded in 1985, Rorke Data,
 together with its European subsidiary, Rorke Data Europe, located in Emmen,
 The Netherlands, is composed of six divisions:  Medical Archive Applications,
 Audio/Video, Prepress, Imaging, Document Management, Engineering and
 Installation Services.  More information about Rorke Data can be found at
 http://www.rorke.com .  Rorke Data is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bell
 Microproducts, Inc.
 
     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 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 and back-up products.
 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, 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 http://www.bellmicro.com
 
     About Media 100
     Media 100 is a leading supplier of software, systems and services for
 streaming media on the Internet.  Media 100 develops software and systems that
 simplify the creation and delivery of video on the Internet, DVD and CD-ROM.
 Media 100 also provides the most comprehensive suite of streaming media
 services to its customers by offering encoding (audio and video compression)
 and hosting (delivery) services for Internet broadcasters, web designers and
 digital media content creators.  For more information, visit
 http://www.media100.com
 
     About Spruce Technologies
     Spruce Technologies, Inc. is a global market leader in DVD authoring
 applications for the creation of interactive broadband content.  At the core
 of every Spruce application is a modular authoring architecture known as the
 SpruceCore, supporting the most complex commercial DVD projects without
 requiring extensive programming expertise.  More information is available from
 Spruce at 408-861-2200, or at http://www.spruce-tech.com
 
     About Pinnacle Systems
     Pinnacle Systems' broadcast, desktop, and consumer products provide video
 professionals and consumers cutting-edge digital video tools to create, store,
 distribute and view web enabled digital video easier and more affordably than
 ever before.  Pinnacle Systems may be reached at 650-526-1600 or on the World
 Wide Web at http://www.pinnaclesys.com
 
     About Matrox
     Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd. is a technology and market leader in the
 field of digital video hardware and software for real-time editing, DVD
 authoring, and web streaming applications.  In 2001 Matrox is celebrating 25
 years of continuous innovation and an Emmy award in recognition of outstanding
 achievement in pioneering development of full-motion broadcast-quality PC
 video and compression plug-in cards. Website: http://www.matorx.com
 
     About DPS
     DPS designs innovative and flexible hardware and software solutions that
 facilitate every aspect of video production and content creation from the
 desktop to the television studio.  DPS's core products include the
 industry-acclaimed dpsVelocity(TM) non-linear editor and dpsReality(TM) Studio
 Digital Disk Recorder, both updated recently for real-time webstreaming and
 DVD content creation. Unmatched in terms of price and performance, DPS
 products are economical enough for use in creating corporate, educational and
 industrial videos, while powerful enough to be the preferred choice for film
 and video post production facilities, major television networks, television
 stations and cable companies worldwide.
 
     Safe Harbor Statement
     This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of
 the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such forward-looking
 statements, which reflect the Company's current views of future events and
 financial performance, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties which
 could cause actual results or facts to differ materially from such statements
 for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to: the ability to
 successfully integrate the operations of recent acquisitions, industry
 conditions, changes in product supply, pricing, and customer demand,
 competition, other vagaries in the computer and electronic components markets,
 changes in relationships with key suppliers, foreign currency fluctuations and
 the other risks described from time to time in the Company's reports to the
 Securities and Exchange Commission (including the company's Annual Report on
 Form 10-K).  Investors should take such risks into account when making
 investment decisions.  Shareholders and other readers are cautioned not to
 place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as
 of the date on which they are made.  The company undertakes no obligation to
 update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements.
 
     For more information about the Galaxy-i series, contact: Rorke Data, Inc.,
 9700 West 76th Street, Eden Prairie, MN  55344; 800-328-8147 or 952-829-0300;
 fax: 952-829-0988; website:  http://www.rorke.com
 
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