SBE Expands in Europe with OPTION+

6/8/2004 - SBE, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBEI), a leading provider of high performance OEM network connectivity solutions, announced that they have entered into an agreement with OPTION+ to expand its market penetration throughout Europe, with particular focus on building market share in Germany, France, and Italy.

OPTION+ has been distributing SBEs enterprise-level products (formerly Antares products) for the past five years, and will now be representing SBEs complete portfolio of embedded and enterprise products to OEMs, resellers, and end users. The SBE product line includes wide area networking (WAN), Ethernet, SCSI, and Fibre Channel boards as well as intelligent carriers/platforms. France-based OPTION+ has been distributing networking components and integrated systems since 1987. During that time, OPTION+ has integrated networking solutions into a broad range of applications for an established client base that includes industry leaders such as Sun Microsystems, HP/Compaq, Digital Equipment Corp, IBM, Silicon Graphics, and Intel.

"Based on OPTION+s well-established customer base of major players in the industry, it is clear that the OPTION+ team is highly adept at identifying, pursuing, and winning OEM and enterprise-level opportunities, remarked Dan Grey, senior vice president of sales and marketing of SBE. Were confident that OPTION+ will serve as a valuable extension of our sales team, and look forward to their successes in championing SBE solutions in Europe."

"Bringing the full SBE portfolio into our product solution base is a significant triumph for OPTION+ as well as our existing and prospective client base, stated Arnaud Bordalis, Managing Director of OPTION+. SBEs field-tested products and uncompromising quality of support enhances OPTION+s ability to serve our customers with solutions of choice. We expect this alliance to be a win-win for both organizations as we expand into new markets and applications with the addition of the SBE offerings."

OPTION+ specializes in the importation, integration, distribution, installation, and maintenance of networking and IT equipment. Founded in 1987, OPTION+ is headquartered in Nanterre, France. For more information on OPTION+, please send inquiries to or visit

About SBE
SBE architects and provides network communications solutions for an extensive range of applied computing applications. SBE offers a robust portfolio of standards-based wide area network (WAN), local area network (LAN), and storage network interface cards (NICs), as well as communications controllers designed to enable optimal performance and rapid deployment across a full spectrum of next generation networking systems. Based in San Ramon, California, SBE is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: SBEI) with products sold worldwide through direct sales, OEMs and system integration partners. More information about SBE is available at

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