Hammer Storage at the Forefront of Digital Media Revolution With New myshare(TM) Storage Appliance



    Simple, Affordable Network Storage Solution Safely Stores Music, Movies,
    Photos and Data for Shared Access

    SAN JOSE, CA, March 22 /CNW/ - Hammer Storage, a division of Bell
Microproducts Inc. (Nasdaq:   BELM), one of the world's largest value-added
distributors of storage and computing technology, today announced the release
of myshare(TM), its latest network storage solution. The first offering in a
well-rounded family of network storage products, the 1 terabyte (TB) myshare
is available now with an MSRP of $499 at select retail stores, online
retailers, and directly from Hammer Storage at www.hammer-storage.com.
    The launch of myshare comes at a time when consumers are increasing their
usage of hard disk drives to store not just data files, but also photos,
movies, and music. myshare provides a simple and safe solution for storing an
assortment of content that can be shared throughout the home or anywhere,
anytime over the Internet.
    Perfect for the consumer and SOHO (small office/home office) market,
myshare is the ideal new resident in today's digital home. Designed to foster
sharing, myshare enables users to share digital content within the home and
between different computer platforms including PC, Mac, and Linux
workstations. Content once trapped in an individual computer is now readily
available to all those connected to the home network. Once plugged into
myshare, USB printers and storage devices including memory sticks can also be
easily shared over the home network.
    "Digital home storage needs are growing exponentially, and this trend is
creating a real demand for affordable, simple network storage solutions that
offer ease-of-use that is similar to that found in common household
appliances," commented Jerry Kagele, Bell Microproducts' president of North
American distribution. "The myshare family of products gives consumers the
peace of mind that is associated with knowing that their irreplaceable digital
media files are securely stored, protected and accessible whenever, wherever
they like."
    Outside the home or office, myshare has the ability to offer remote
access via the Internet and all content stored on myshare can be accessible no
matter where the user is so long as they can get onto the web. Additionally,
for those wishing to selectively share folders containing photos or movies or
other digital data with family and friends, myshare enables them to do so.
    When connected to a wireless router, myshare allows laptop users to now
access content or print without plugging in. Users can also back-up their
files, photos and other data to myshare for easy, centralized access.
    Ease-of-use features include a completely preconfigured appliance
populated with hard disk drives and set-up with folders so users can simply
plug myshare into a router and begin storing and sharing immediately. While
other network storage devices require that software be installed on each
computer, myshare does not. A one button feature copies files from another
storage device or digital camera directly into a myshare folder. As a network
storage appliance, myshare can be accessed regardless if the computers are on
or not. myshare plugs into the network through a gigabit interface and
conveniently sits under any home router or switch, eliminating the need for
externally attached storage, add-on internal disk drives, removable media,
print servers and remote storage.
    myshare comes complete with RAID levels 0, 1 and JBOD to provide
protection choices, such as mirroring data. Content on myshare is secured from
Internet intruders with SSL certificates and can be configured with multiple
user and group permissions. For small businesses with a domain server, myshare
can tie into the domain, thus enabling the use of the same password and access
that is already in place.
    Created to fill a void in the consumer and SOHO markets which are seeing
storage capacities and user access to this content rising, myshare is a
storage appliance for today's consumer. Recognizing that consumers have become
increasingly comfortable with multiple media types, including data, music,
video and photo, Hammer Storage is offering myshare to meet all of the storage
needs of today's consumers and digital homes.
    Kagele summarized that, "myshare is shared storage made easy and
affordable for any home or small office."
    The myshare 1TB is the first member of the myshare family to be made
initially available by Hammer Storage. myshare is backed by a one year
warranty and comes with two SATA II hard drives along with two USB ports to
centralize printers and external hard drives. To learn more about myshare,
please call 1-800-237-0840 or go to http://www.hammer-storage.com.

    About Hammer Storage

    Hammer Storage is a division of Bell Microproducts, one of the world's
largest storage-centric distributors, and is committed to providing its
customers with the most cost effective, scalable and easy to use network
storage solutions available. Partnering with leading edge manufacturers and
technology providers to bring the latest in storage solutions to the market,
Hammer Storage offers an array of storage options that deliver superior
solutions to real business challenges for the consumer, SMB and enterprise
markets.
    Product offerings from Hammer Storage include: the Desk Hammer Series,
the Pocket Hammer Series, the DVD Series, the Hammer Z-Series, the Hammer
N-Series and the Hammer G-Series. More information can be found at
www.Hammer-Storage.com.

    Safe Harbor Statement for Bell Microproducts:

    This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of
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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,
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of the date on which they are made. The company undertakes no obligation to
update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements.





For further information:

For further information: Dena Jacobson of Lages & Associates,
+1-949-453-8080, or dena@lages.com, for Bell Microproducts, Web Site:
http://www.hammer-storage.com

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