Bell Microproducts Extends IP Networking Line With New NetXen Distribution Agreement



    Partnership Delivers Breakthrough 10-Gigabit Ethernet Networking Options
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    SAN JOSE and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/  -- Bell
Microproducts Inc. (Nasdaq: BELM), one of the world's largest value-added
distributors of storage and computing technology, and NetXen, Inc., a leading
provider of breakthrough 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) technology and products,
announced today that they have signed a distribution deal.  Under the terms of
the agreement, Bell Microproducts will distribute NetXen's Intelligent NIC(R)
family of products, the industry's first programmable, multi-function
networking solutions designed for volume 10GbE markets.
    As the IP networking industry heats up, Bell Microproducts reinforces its
commitment to staying on the leading edge of the technology and continues to
ensure its channel partners have access to the most innovative solutions,
including a broad selection of breakthrough 10GbE networking technology
options.  This partnership with NetXen enables Bell Microproducts to
strengthen its 10-Gigabit portfolio by offering cost-effective, flexible NIC
solutions that major OEMs have deployed in their mainstream rack, tower and
blade server lines.
    "The 10GbE market is extremely important to our business from an OEM and
reseller perspective," said Gary Gammon, senior vice president of marketing,
enterprise products at Bell Microproducts. "As 10GbE solutions are being
deployed more and more, we are always looking for new products in this space.
NetXen's Intelligent NIC family is an excellent choice that offers
programmability and flexibility to evolve with the market and provides an
advanced feature set including offload, acceleration and virtualization
technologies to support emerging IT initiatives."
    NetXen Intelligent NIC products are the only 10GbE solutions on the
market that offer both Microsoft TCP Chimney Offload and Linux Sockets
Acceleration technologies. These features give end users the ability to
maximize the performance and efficiency of their datacenters by handling
network and protocol processing on the network controller and freeing up the
host CPU for application processing. End users realize cost and energy savings
and benefit from the ability to reduce utilization and achieve optimal system
performance.
    "As one of the industry's most trusted distributors, we are extremely
impressed with Bell Microproducts' leadership and expertise in the IP
networking space," said Dave Stanton, director of worldwide channel sales for
NetXen. "Our Intelligent NIC family offers capabilities essential for handling
key network demands driven by the transition to 10GbE, making it an ideal
addition to their portfolio.  Bell Microproducts and its partners can benefit
from the fact that our products are able to evolve, adapt and extend to meet
changing IT requirements and enhance datacenter agility."
    The full NetXen Intelligent NIC product line is in stock and available
for immediate shipment through Bell Microproducts. Please call 1-800-800-1513
or visit http://www.bellmicro.com for more information.
    
    About NetXen, Inc.
    
    NetXen, Inc. is a privately held company that manufactures intelligent
10-Gigabit Ethernet networking chips that advance enterprise datacenter
performance and agility. Founded in February 2002 by chip design veteran
Govind Kizhepat, the company is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., with an
office in Pune, India. NetXen's protocol- and OS-agnostic Intelligent NIC(R)s
are designed for volume 10-Gigabit deployments and are targeted at server,
storage, security and networking systems. Additional information about the
company and its patented chip architecture is available at
http://www.netxen.com.
    All rights reserved. NetXen, the NetXen logo and Linux Sockets
Acceleration are trademarks, and Intelligent NIC(R) is a registered trademark
of NetXen, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective
holders.
    
    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
http://www.bellmicro.com.




For further information:

For further information: Dena Jacobson of Lages & Associates, 
+1-408-492-1470, dena@lages.com, for Bell Microproducts; or Cheryl Patstone 
of NetXen Inc., +1-408-327-1347, cheryl@netxen.com Web Site:
http://www.bellmicro.com                  http://www.netxen.com

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