US storage specialist Bell Microproducts has gained a foothold in the UK after signing a letter of intent to acquire Ideal Hardware, a wholly owned subsidiary of InterX.
As exclusively predicted in Computer Reseller News on 5 April, the Californian components and storage distributor, which provides value-add services such as assembly and configuration, was looking to expand into Europe.
Ideal is focused on the high end of the storage market with some of the same product lines as Bell, including IBM, Quantum, Seagate Technology, Emulex, Crossroads, Gadzoox Networks and Cobalt Networks. The company recorded sales in the fiscal year ending July 1999 of about $500m, up 39 per cent from the previous year, and was profitable.
Henri Richard, president of Bell's computer products group, said: "Ideal is recognised as a leading example of what competence and focus can bring to customers. Bell's own value-add initiatives are in perfect harmony with Ideal's strategy."
Bell first entered the European storage market in February when it bought the data storage and systems business of Rorke Data, which is based in the US and the Netherlands.
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