Seagate's 180GB Barracuda Drives Approved for Rorke's Desktop A/V Storage Systems

RDD(TM) A/V Pro Series Offers Scalable Range of High-Capacity/Low-Cost Desktop

Data Storage for Single-, Dual- and Four-Device Enclosures



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Rorke Data, Inc.

    LAS VEGAS, April 25 /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), has significantly upgraded
 its RDD A/V Professional Series of desktop disk-based storage peripherals to
 incorporate Seagate's new 180GB Barracuda disk drives. A Rorke spokesperson
 said the RDD A/V Pro Series now offers the highest capacity/lowest cost
 storage currently available for data-intensive digital audio/video
 applications.
     Incorporating Seagate's new 180GB Barracuda drives, Rorke's single-,
 dual-, and four-device storage systems are now capable of attaining capacities
 of 720GB on the user's desktop, and up to 1.5TB with the rackmount
 eight-device version. The new high-capacity disk arrays do not sacrifice
 performance, noted Joe Rorke, VP Marketing, Rorke Data, and are ideal for
 professional digital A/V applications such as non-linear editing, streaming,
 animation and graphics.
     "The RDD series has been a renowned, and industry-approved, storage system
 for at least the past ten years," said Bob Herzan, VP/Worldwide Sales, A/V
 Division, Rorke Data. "Given the voracious storage appetite of digital post
 and streaming applications, we developed the RDD A/V Pro Series in response to
 our resellers' request for low-cost, high-performance data storage. The
 Barracuda 180 drives have made this development possible, resulting in a
 highly unique, one-of-a-kind product."
     The RDD A/V Pro Series of enclosures has been engineered to incorporate
 Seagate's highest capacity devices (180GB per drive), as well as the company's
 powerful 15,000 rpm Cheetah drives. Seagate has worked with Rorke for ten
 years on a range of A/V-related issues, from enclosure and backplane designs
 to OEM-specific micro-code upgrades and drive settings.  Rorke Data is a
 primary Seagate OEM to the digital A/V industry.
     Seagate's Barracuda 180 is the largest-capacity disk drive in the world
 and offers users the lowest cost-per-gigabyte enterprise drive currently on
 the market. With a formatted capacity of 181.6GB, the drive is perfect for all
 bulk storage applications, has a new 16MB V-code cache option to gain even
 more performance in professional audio/video applications, and has been
 enhanced with Seagate's new RV sensor to excel in multi-drive environments.
 The Barracuda 180 spins at 7,200 RPM, has a formatted data transfer rate of up
 to 47MB/sec., and is available in the industry-standard Ultra 160 SCSI
 interface. The Barracuda 180, like all of Seagate's high-end enterprise class
 drives, includes a full five-year warranty with a Mean Time Between Failure
 (MTBF) rating of 1,200,000 hours.
 
     About Seagate
     Seagate is the world's leading provider of storage technology for
 Internet, business and consumer applications. The Company's products include
 disc drives for the Enterprise, PCs and Consumer Electronics, as well as
 Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions and Server Appliances. Seagate's market
 leadership is based on delivering award-winning products, customer support and
 reliability to meet the world's growing demand for information storage.
 Seagate can be found around the globe and at http://www.seagate.com
 
     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
 
     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 on the RDD A/V Pro Series with Barracuda 180 drives,
 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
 
     Seagate, Seagate Technology, Cheetah and Barracuda are registered
 trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC.
     All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
 
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    LAS VEGAS, April 25 /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), has significantly upgraded
 its RDD A/V Professional Series of desktop disk-based storage peripherals to
 incorporate Seagate's new 180GB Barracuda disk drives. A Rorke spokesperson
 said the RDD A/V Pro Series now offers the highest capacity/lowest cost
 storage currently available for data-intensive digital audio/video
 applications.
     Incorporating Seagate's new 180GB Barracuda drives, Rorke's single-,
 dual-, and four-device storage systems are now capable of attaining capacities
 of 720GB on the user's desktop, and up to 1.5TB with the rackmount
 eight-device version. The new high-capacity disk arrays do not sacrifice
 performance, noted Joe Rorke, VP Marketing, Rorke Data, and are ideal for
 professional digital A/V applications such as non-linear editing, streaming,
 animation and graphics.
     "The RDD series has been a renowned, and industry-approved, storage system
 for at least the past ten years," said Bob Herzan, VP/Worldwide Sales, A/V
 Division, Rorke Data. "Given the voracious storage appetite of digital post
 and streaming applications, we developed the RDD A/V Pro Series in response to
 our resellers' request for low-cost, high-performance data storage. The
 Barracuda 180 drives have made this development possible, resulting in a
 highly unique, one-of-a-kind product."
     The RDD A/V Pro Series of enclosures has been engineered to incorporate
 Seagate's highest capacity devices (180GB per drive), as well as the company's
 powerful 15,000 rpm Cheetah drives. Seagate has worked with Rorke for ten
 years on a range of A/V-related issues, from enclosure and backplane designs
 to OEM-specific micro-code upgrades and drive settings.  Rorke Data is a
 primary Seagate OEM to the digital A/V industry.
     Seagate's Barracuda 180 is the largest-capacity disk drive in the world
 and offers users the lowest cost-per-gigabyte enterprise drive currently on
 the market. With a formatted capacity of 181.6GB, the drive is perfect for all
 bulk storage applications, has a new 16MB V-code cache option to gain even
 more performance in professional audio/video applications, and has been
 enhanced with Seagate's new RV sensor to excel in multi-drive environments.
 The Barracuda 180 spins at 7,200 RPM, has a formatted data transfer rate of up
 to 47MB/sec., and is available in the industry-standard Ultra 160 SCSI
 interface. The Barracuda 180, like all of Seagate's high-end enterprise class
 drives, includes a full five-year warranty with a Mean Time Between Failure
 (MTBF) rating of 1,200,000 hours.
 
     About Seagate
     Seagate is the world's leading provider of storage technology for
 Internet, business and consumer applications. The Company's products include
 disc drives for the Enterprise, PCs and Consumer Electronics, as well as
 Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions and Server Appliances. Seagate's market
 leadership is based on delivering award-winning products, customer support and
 reliability to meet the world's growing demand for information storage.
 Seagate can be found around the globe and at http://www.seagate.com
 
     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
 
     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 on the RDD A/V Pro Series with Barracuda 180 drives,
 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
 
     Seagate, Seagate Technology, Cheetah and Barracuda are registered
 trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC.
     All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
 
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