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NetXen, Bell Micro Team

SAN JOSE, Calif. and SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Bell Microproducts Inc. (NASDAQ: BELM), one of the worlds 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® 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.”

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