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Avnet rings up Bell Micro sale

Avnet is paying $252m for Bell Microproducts - the 20-year veteran distie which specialises in storage kit. Including Bell's debt pile of $342m this gives a value for the deal of $594m. The all-cash payment values each Bell share at $7, a third more than they were changing hands for on Friday. Both boards of directors have …
John Oates, 29 Mar 2010
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Bell Micro touts Emulex 8Gb/s Fibre Channel HBAs

You've read the headline - it's a 'significant' product, according to Bell Micro, the storage distie, which is making new 8Gb/s Fibre Channel HBAs available in Europe. Compared with the earlier 4Gb/s configurations, the new models offer more headroom to 'consolidate more resources, free up servers and reduce procurement and …
Team Register, 20 Aug 2008
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NASDAQ delists Bell Micro for late filing

Bell Microproducts lost its NASDAQ listing today because it can't get its act together on financial filings. Surprise, surprise, shares in the computer distributor sank 31 per cent to $1.94 on the news. Expect another plunge tomorrow when Bell Micro stock starts trading on the Pink Sheets. The delisting and lack of audited …
Drew Cullen, 18 Mar 2008
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Alex Tatham leaves Bell Micro

Alex Tatham is leaving Bell Micro after 10 years. Mr Tatham achieved fame in the channel after his appearance on Blind Date. He chose Sue, who later became his wife, in the first Blind Date wedding. Tatham is keeping schtum on where he's going next. Maybe Cilla knows. There's more on CRN here. Or there's more from the Reg on …
John Oates, 06 Jul 2007
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Bell Micro waves new marketing tool at resellers

Bell Micro yesterday announced a new online marketing tool for its reseller partners to use to punt their wares and keep costs low. Dubbed campaignWORKS, the new site has been set up for channel sales, marketing and management staff to create inhouse campaigns. Resources available to Bell Micro partners include a template which …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Nov 2007
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Bell Micro issues security training alert to channel

IT distie Bell Micro has kicked off a new security training scheme for its channel partners. The Security Sales Academy will take place at its Chessington World of Adventures site and will be punted to small to medium sized (SMB) and enterprise businesses in an attempt at raising the G-force skill level among sales staff. Bell …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Oct 2007
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Bell Micro still working on accounts probe

Bell Micro is still investigating its accounts and restating previous results, but yesterday gave preliminary figures for the third quarter of 2007 ending 30 September. Revenues for the period were up 30 per cent to between $1.015bn and $1.025bn. Stripping out money made as a result of the takeover of ProSys, revenues grew 17 …
John Oates, 17 Oct 2007
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Bell Micro rings brand changes

Bell Micro is doing away with its current three brands to embrace a unified future. From New Year's Day the names of Ideal Hardware and OpenPSL will be no more. Bell bought OpenPSL, a server specialist, in 2004. Bell also operates under the name Ideal Hardware in the UK but in the rest of Europe it is known as Bell …
John Oates, 27 Nov 2006
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Overland tinkles the Bell (Micro)

Bell Micro will flog SMB storage gear for Overland Storage under a new deal announced today. The ARCvault family is aimed at cost-conscious tiddlers with large amounts of data to backup. Or in other words, it's a big tape recorder. Simplicity is a selling point for the range, which is meant to fit in with more expensive HDD …
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Bell Micro talks up record-breaking Q1

Hardware distributor Bell Microproducts has said that preliminary Q1 2007 results show the company is in rude health. It expects to see record revenue that could top $1bn, up around 15 per cent on the same quarter a year ago. The firm also said the Nasdaq listing council has "stayed" its de-listing decision, and has given Bell …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2007
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Bell Micro beats the Street

Bell Microproducts beat expectations with a strong fourth quarter. The company made revenues in the range of $1bn to $1.015bn - better than the expected $920m to $970m. Full year revenues are expected to be over $3.4bn - up eight per cent on 2005. But Bell is still investigating share options and accounting practises up until …
John Oates, 10 Jan 2007
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Bell Micro sounds a profit

Bell Microproducts brought in revenues of $805m in the first quarter of 2005 ended 31 March, an increase of 22 per cent on last year. Net earnings for the period were $4.4m or $0.15 per share compared to $1.7m or $0.06 per share. Bell made 42 per cent of revenue in the US, 12 per cent in Latin America and 46 per cent in Europe …
John Oates, 28 Apr 2005
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Bell Micro to buy German distie

Bell Microproducts is buying MCE, the Munich-based storage distie, chairman Don Bell revealed yesterday. Speaking at the IT Supply Chain Conference in New York, Bell did not say how much it is shelling out for the $300m t/o business, CRN reports. Last month, the company announced plans to re-organise its European ops, …
Team Register, 16 Nov 2005
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Bell Micro ends French rule

Storage distributor Bell Microproducts has appointed Martin Blaney acting president for western Europe. He replaces Ian French who is "leaving the company to pursue other interests", according to the press release. French was head of Ideal Hardware when it was bought by Bell in 2000. Martin Blaney was chief operating officer …
John Oates, 25 Feb 2004
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The Bell Micro tolls for $35m share offer

Bell Microproducts yesterday announced its intention to raise up to $35m by issuing a new line of equity. The international distie group said it will use the money to "fund the growth of the Company, to pay down debt, to facilitate selective acquisitions, and to fund performance improvement programs that have a rapid return on …
Drew Cullen, 30 Jul 2003
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Bell Micro buys UK distie

Bell Microproducts has bought Manchester distie OpenPSL Ltd for $36m (£19.8m) in a mixture of cash and shares. Bell expects the deal will be accretive to earnings. OpenPSL expects revenue of around $209m (£115m) for the year ending July 2004. OpenPSL employs 160 people and has offices in Bracknell, Dublin, Ireland, Leeds and …
John Oates, 22 Jun 2004
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Bell Micro does backup with Sonasoft

Bell Microproducts has agreed to distribute backup products from Sonasoft across Europe. Sonasoft makes Point-Click Recovery software - a recovery product aimed at SMEs(Small and Medium Enterprises). It provides disk to disk backup on Windows servers. The company's SonaSafe product automates backup using templates which the …
John Oates, 19 Sep 2005
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Bell Micro to trim 'disappointing' European ops

Bell Microproducts is to wield the axe on its European operations, following a "shortfall in sales and profits". The computer distie expects to take a pre-tax charge of between $7m and $12m to cover restructuring costs over over the next few quarters. European sales fell 13 per cent year-on-year in the third quarter ended …
Team Register, 13 Oct 2005
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Bell Micro picks boss for Europe

Graeme Watt has been appointed president of Bell Microproducts Europe, responsible for Ideal Hardware and Bell's European divisions. He will report to president and CEO Don Bell. He replaces acting interim president Martin Blaney who will remain at the US-owned distie as chief operating officer for Europe. Previous president …
John Oates, 26 Apr 2004
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Tills ring for Bell in Q2

Storage distributor Bell Microproducts saw revenues jump by a quarter in the second quarter. The top line for the quarter ending June 30 came in at $788m, up 25 per cent on the year. Net earnings were $3.2m, compared to the previous year’s $1.1m. Bell said the boost in revenues came despite challenging market conditions in …
Team Register, 29 Jul 2005
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Bell Micro makes a loss

Bell Microproducts, storage distie in the Americas and Europe, has issued a profits warning, following an "abnormally slow" September. The company, which trades in the UK as Ideal Hardware, said that sales for Q3, ended September 30, 2001, will be approx. $490m, while operating losses will be $3.3m. It is taking a one-off hit …
Drew Cullen, 04 Oct 2001
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Bell swings into full year profit

Bell Microproducts yesterday reported a 140 per cent increase in fourth quarter profits. The distributor’s revenues in the period ending 31 December were $808m, up 26 per cent on the year, while net earnings were $5.8m, compared to the previous year’s $2.4m. For the full year, sales came in at $2.8bn, up 27 per cent on the …
Team Register, 17 Feb 2005
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Bell to boost reselling

Bell Micro Products wants to double its reselling business to £1bn in two years, said the firm's president on the announcement of its third quarter results. Acquisitions were in the offing, said John Bell. But the firm has been tangled up in some accounting problems with its last batch of acquisitions - and it may have to …
Mark Ballard, 26 Oct 2006
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Component price collapse takes toll on Bell Micro

Lower than expected sales "in all geographies" has propelled Bell Microproducts into a second quarter loss. In a preliminary report, the US-owned distie said it made an operating loss of $1.8m on sales of approximately$450 million. Sales were up 18 per cent on Q2 last year, but down 16 per cent on Q1's $534 million. The …
Drew Cullen, 03 Jul 2001
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Steady as she goes, says Ingram Micro

Ingram Micro today updated guidance for Q4 ahead of an investor conference. All rather dull really, as the guidance is the same as issued on 27 October. But dull is what you want from a IT distributor, especially with rivals Bell Micro, Tech Data and - on a more parochial basis - Northamber delivering nasty profit shocks lately …
Team Register, 08 Dec 2005
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Commtech Distribution to set up UK beachhead

Channel vet Mark Walker is to front Irish wholesaler Commtech Distribution's expansion into the UK. Walker was made redundant by Azlan, enterprise arm of broadline distie Computer 2000 in November as part of a structural overhaul, which also saw the exit of marketing director Simon Welch and the entire Avaya business unit. A …
Paul Kunert, 08 Mar 2012
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Nicked sensitive Avnet server disks sparks ICO probe

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has confirmed it is investigating a potential data breach at Avnet Technology Solutions (TS) following the break-in prior to Christmas. As previously reported, thieves raided the enterprise distie's Haslingden office on 21 December and made off with hard disk drives containing archived …
Paul Kunert, 28 Feb 2012
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Reseller's VAR two-step lands Oz upside

Master reseller Avnet has sold an American value-added reseller it landed through last summer's acquisition of Bell Microproducts while snapping up another to deliver greater leverage in the Australian IT market. On Monday, Avnet acquired itX Group Limited, a reseller with a long history in Australian IT that got its start as a …
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Avnet sales dampened by slippery EMEA market

The integration of acquisitions and a "tepid recovery" in the local tech market saw Avnet EMEA sales slide in Q4 but less challenging conditions in the rest of its world-wide operations more than made up for the dip. The distributor pushed up global revenues 32.6 per cent to $6.9bn for the period ended 3 July, while organic …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2011
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Distie tightens ups security deals

Bell Micro's security division is starting a new programme to encourage resellers to put security kit and services at the centre of deals that they do. Bell's general manager of the security division, Steve Browell, said resellers too often consider security as a final add-on when selling servers or networks. Browell said: " …
Team Register, 16 Dec 2008
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Microsoft details new distie accreditation

Microsoft has appointed Bell Micro and Computer 2000 as the first two disties to qualify as Value Add Distributors(VAD). The two were appointed 1 January. The scheme offers "additional rewards" for disties focussed on new and less mature technologies. The VAD scheme focusses on security, unified communications and …
John Oates, 01 Feb 2010
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Channel veteran off to Avaya

Jan Lawford is joining Avaya to head up its Europe, Middle East and Africa channel programme. Lawford is joining from distie Bell Micro where she was European Commercial Director. Her official title at Avaya is senior director of Europe, Middle East and Africa channels. She has previously worked at CHS, Merisel and RSA Security …
John Oates, 23 Feb 2009

Revenues dropping or flatlining at hefty distributor giants

Investors and funders may soon need to see a warning on every distributor prospectus or public filing that over revenues are heading in the opposite direction to up. A slew of recent results from some of the heavyweights show sales have indeed gone south, but after years of near unbroken growth – and given the assumption that …
Ian French, 20 Aug 2012
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Disties braced for autumn reseller collapses

Distributors expect the pace of reseller collapses to pick up later this year, despite a perceived bottoming-out of the economic slump. Speaking at the Global Technology Distribution Council conference in London this week, Bell Micro EMEA boss John Toal recalled the recession of the early 1990s, when there was a sharp spike in …
Joe Fay, 11 Jun 2009

Evesham gets extended administration run

Evesham Technology Ltd's administration period has been extended. The defunct British computer maker’s directors received notice that the company would remain under administration until 2 February 2009. Evesham Technology’s creditors agreed to the extension, presumably to give administrators DTE Leonard Curtis more time to …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Aug 2008
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IBM upgrades DS series by the numbers

References to a mysterious IBM storage array are popping up across the web. Is this the hardware refresh of IBM's flagship DS8000 storage array line? The first reference we spotted was from Freddie Sanchez, a firmware engineering guy at IBM in Arizona. His LinkedIn entry reads: "I develop and maintain embedded software for the …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2009
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Dell reveals Pliant SSD-shaped hole in new array

Dell is adding a solid state drive (SSD) option to its PowerVault MD1220 array this quarter and it looks like start-up Pliant has won the supply deal. Dell's product page describing the MD1220 has a hot-linked note in the second paragraph, that says: "Availability of Solid State Drives (SSD’s) on PowerVault MD1220 expected Q1 …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2010
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C2000 appoints new PC parts honcho

Computer 2000 have installed a new PC components and supplies chief in a bid to get a bigger slice of the systems building pie and tackle untapped industrial markets. Claudette Atkinson will be responsible for trying to flog more storage and memory to firms with digital photocopiers and CCTV particularly. She moves to C2000 …
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Evesham Technology goes into liquidation

British computer maker Evesham Technology today told the majority of its remaining staff not to return to work on Monday because the company has gone into liquidation. The firm’s ex-chairman and co-founder Richard Austin sent an email to staff this morning informing them “things are very suddenly moving quicker than expected.” …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jan 2008
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More Novell disties to go in autumn cull

Novell will axe another 10 per cent of UK distributors currently partnering with the software vendor by the start of November this year. The company has told disties targeted with the chop that their contracts would come to an end with the software vendor over the course of the next month or so. However, Novell has declined to …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Sep 2009
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InterX confirms Ideal Hardware sale

California IT distributor Bell Microproducts has confirmed it is to buy InterX subsidiary Ideal Hardware. Bell Microproducts has signed a letter of intent to acquire the Surrey-based distributor, it said today. No price tag was put on the deal, which will mark Bell Micro's first step into the European storage market and give …
Linda Harrison, 25 Apr 2000
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C2000 gets new print boss

Simon Aldous is joining Computer 2000 as general manager of its CAD and high-end printing business, Datech 2000. Aldous has been at Toshiba, running its indirect channel for the last three years and has long experience in distribution. He helped set up Tosh's UK distribution network. Before that he ran his own business …
John Oates, 06 Apr 2005
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Brace of Intel SSDs imminent

Intel is spreading its solid state drive (SSD) wings with new models at the top and bottom of its range. The current lineup has three models: X18-M and X25M mainstream 2-bit multi-level cell (MLC) SSDs using a 34nm process, with 80 or 160GB capacities and 1.8in or 2.5in form factors. Then there is the slightly older technology …
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2009
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Microsoft UK changes mind on distie beauty parade

Microsoft has changed its mind on changing its UK broadline distributors. Back in October, Microsoft UK said it was starting a six-month review process that would see it choose two out of three existing broadline, or general, distributors. The three in line for the X-Factor-style contest were Bell Micro, Ingram and C2K. Each …
John Oates, 28 Jun 2007
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NetApp brings StoreVault home to mom

NetApp has brought its separate low-end StoreVault product range in-house, as a standard NetApp S family product available to its worldwide resellers. StoreVault is a low-end NetApp storage array packaged for small and medium enterprises and remote and branch offices (ROBO). It is positioned under the FAS 2000 low-end array for …
Chris Mellor, 05 Sep 2008
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Ingram buys Aussie distie for $493m

Ingram Micro is shelling out $493m cash including assumption of debt for Tech Pacific, an Australian distie. The deal will see Ingram's Asia Pac operations double in size. Sydney-based Tech Pacific turned over AUS$3.1bn ($2.2bn) in 2003, generating operating margins of two per cent. It is the market leader in Australia and New …
Drew Cullen, 27 Sep 2004
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IT distributors have 'compelling valuations'

It's tough being a IT distie - managing the drip-drip effect of margin squeeze, of reduced co-op marketing budgets, of vendor consolidation and seeing the month's profits wiped out by a collapsing customer. So it is nice to see that some disties are coping. In its latest channel checks, Banc of America writes: "We believe that …
Drew Cullen, 19 May 2005
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Staff cut off in Evesham 'rescue' deal

British computer maker Evesham Technology laid off more than 100 staff late Friday, telling them the firm was in "administration". But the ultimate fate of the firm was unclear today, with the Evesham website apparently showing the Evesham brand is under new ownership. Evesham confirmed on 1 August that it was undergoing a " …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Aug 2007
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C2000 gears up for Microsoft sales binge

Computer 2000, Tech Data's UK subsidiary, is gearing up for a flurry of activity around renewing Microsoft Software Assurance contracts. These were introduced two years ago and many come up for renewal between now and July. C2000 will provide detailed customer information to the resellers who sold the original contracts. …
John Oates, 09 Mar 2004
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Tech Data Q4 profits jump on tax settlement

Tech Data had a good fourth quarter, generating revenues of $5.6bn , up 14.2 per cent on the same quarter last year. Net income improved too, up from $38.9m in Q404 (which ended January, 2004) to $59.3m this time around. However, the distie giant was helped along by returning into the profit line $11.5m in previously accrued …
Drew Cullen, 11 Mar 2005