October 30, 2008

Bell Microproducts Hits 75 Million Hard Disk Drives Sold Mark; Growing Need for Digital Capacity Continues to Fuel Demand for Storage Products

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 30, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bell Microproducts Inc. (Pink Sheets:BELM), one of the world's largest value-added distributors of storage and computing technology, today announced that it has reached the milestone of shipping 75 million hard disk drives (HDD) since the company was founded in 1987.

Bell Micro is a multi-billion dollar global, value-added supplier to a diverse OEM and VAR customer base. The company offers a wide range of technology products with a focus on storage components and solutions. Bell Micro achieved the sale of its 75 millionth HDD by leveraging global resources and strong supplier relationships with leading manufacturing partners.

"For over 20 years, Bell Micro has focused on storage components and solutions, and in doing so has achieved an industry leadership position," noted Don Bell, the company's president and chief executive officer. "This intense focus on storage has resulted in a depth of technical, value-added and marketing expertise. The company's unrivaled knowledge base in storage applications, technology, and methodologies is well-respected throughout the industry. Bell Micro is also recognized for its well organized logistics and just-in-time inventory resources. This commitment to storage products has positioned us as a preferred provider for a variety of products, including disk drives."

Recognized as the leading value-added distributor in storage, Bell Micro is dedicated to continuing to strengthen its position and provide consistently high levels of support to customers globally. Bell Micro distributes products from leading HDD suppliers, including Seagate, Western Digital, Fujitsu, Samsung, ExcelStor, and Hitachi. From design to deployment, Bell Micro's broad capabilities contribute to the success of its customers.

"Bell Micro is appreciative of the support of our world-class HDD customers and suppliers. The company would not have been able to achieve this milestone without its strong portfolio of partners," Bell concluded.

About Bell Microproducts Inc.

Bell Microproducts (Pink Sheets: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, the company is one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors.

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 www.bellmicro.com.

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