Bell Microproducts Chosen by Omneon as Manufacturing Partner

    Utilizing the Principles of Lean Manufacturing, Bell Microproducts
    Successfully Produces Omneon's MediaGrid Content Servers on a Tight

    SAN JOSE, Calif., March 27 /CNW/ -- The leading provider of flexible
media server and active storage systems, Omneon, has selected Bell
Microproducts Inc. (Nasdaq:   BELM), one of the world's largest value-added
distributors of storage and computing  technology,  to spearhead the
production of Omneon's award-winning MediaGrid Servers.
    Omneon provides highly scalable shared storage platforms for use in the
most demanding media environments, and its high profile customers include
Turner Broadcasting System, and ESPN Star Sports. Noted for optimized workflow
productivity and on-air reliability for the production, distribution and
management of digital media, Omneon's MediaGrid Servers required a highly
skilled manufacturing partner with deep expertise in storage to develop the
product from concept to pre-production to mature production.
    With a strong focus on development, marketing and sales, Omneon was
looking to completely outsource production of MediaGrid servers and leverage
the core competencies of value-added partners, thus improving time to market,
cost efficiencies, production capacities, and product expertise.  Omneon
ultimately selected Bell Microproducts, a channel leader and recognized expert
in storage solutions whose integration centers provide end-to-end solutions
maximizing their core competencies in distribution, manufacturing, logistic
fulfillment and post manufacturing support.
    MediaGrid is the first content storage system that plays an active part
in the broadcast work flow, adapting to a customer's changing resiliency,
storage, and bandwidth requirements while simultaneously performing media
processing functions on stored content. "As a recognized leader in storage
which offers franchised relationships with many of the industry's key
suppliers, Bell Microproducts was the natural choice to produce our 1U and 4U
MediaGrid servers," said Apurba Dutta, MediaGrid product manager at Omneon.
"We came to Bell Microproducts with significant and pressing production needs,
and they met the challenge wonderfully."
    Bell Microproducts was able to successfully meet the challenge to
produce, integrate, test, pack out and ship a large quantity of the servers
over a short timeframe at the end of 2006.  Bell Microproducts relied on lean
manufacturing to meet Omneon's needs, dedicating entire work cells to the task
at hand and working around the clock. Bell Microproducts met and exceeded
Omneon's production needs, helping Omneon to realize a significant increase in
revenues for their fourth quarter and satisfy their customers with quality
solutions, delivered on time.
    "Omneon recognized that our San Jose Integration Center can accommodate
design, integration and deployment of solutions, and offers the ability to
maximize both technologies and product lifecycles for a competitive
advantage," noted Rodney Sellers, regional vice president for Bell
Microproducts. "Bell Microproducts' utilization of lean manufacturing
principles at the Integration Center enabled us to meet and exceed Omneon's
    In recognition of their outstanding achievement, Omneon has honored Bell
Microproducts with a special appreciation awards ceremony that was held last
month. For more information about Bell Microproducts' design through
deployment services, please call 1-800-800-1513 or visit

    About Bell Microproducts Inc.
    Bell Microproducts [NASDAQ:   BELM] is an international, value-added
distributor of a wide range of high-tech products, solutions and services,
including storage systems, servers, software, computer components and
peripherals, as well as maintenance and professional services.  An
industry-recognized specialist in storage products, this Fortune 1000 company
is one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors.  In
2006, the company celebrated the sale of its 50 millionth hard disk drive,
setting a significant industry milestone.
    Bell Microproducts is uniquely qualified with deep technical and
application expertise to service a broad range of information technology
needs.  From design to deployment, its products are available at any level of
integration, from components to subsystem assemblies and fully-integrated,
tested and certified system solutions.  More information can be found in the
company's SEC filings, or by visiting the Bell Microproducts Web site at

    Safe Harbor Statement for Bell Microproducts:
    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.

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For further information: Geoff Stedman of Omneon, +1-408-585-5105,; or Dena Jacobson of Lages & Associates, +1-949-453-8080,, for Bell Microproducts Inc., Web Site:

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