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STEC Providing High-Performance SSDs to Storagedata's Next-Generation SAN Systems

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UTRECHT, The Netherlands, and SANTA ANA, Calif., Oct. 31, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STEC, Inc. (Nasdaq: STEC), a leading global provider of solid-state drive (SSD) technologies and products, and Storagedata, a supplier of enterprise-storage systems, today announced that STEC's ZeusIOPS SAS SSDs are featured in the new SAN 3800 and SAN 5000 systems from Storagedata. The ZeusIOPS SAS SSDs, combined with Storagedata's powerful Storage Management operating system, enable the SAN 3800 and SAN 5000 to deliver outstanding performance -- over 500,000 IOs per second (IOPS) -- and the reliability required by cost-efficient storage-attached network (SAN) applications.

The new SAN 3800 and SAN 5000 featuring the STEC SAS SSDs are being introduced and demonstrated this week at Storage Expo, in Utrecht, the Netherlands (Stand A019).

"Europe represents significant market potential for cost-optimized SAN solutions targeting mid-size companies and enterprises," said Robert Carstensen, CEO, Storagedata. "Because of this potential, we, along with resellers of Storagedata systems, see a huge value in our close collaboration with partners such as STEC and in integrating STEC's leading solid-state-storage solutions into our next-generation SANs. We selected STEC SSDs for their capability to offer consistent and predictable performance, extended endurance and high reliability."

"By combining STEC SSD technology with Storagedata's Storage Management OS, mid-size companies benefit from an extremely powerful storage appliance at an affordable price point," said Davide Villa, vice president of EMEA sales at STEC. "SSDs are often perceived as an expensive storage technology that can be justified only in large enterprise systems.  These new Storagedata SANs demonstrate that by combining high-performance SSDs with low-cost rotating media and proper management software, SSDs can offer a dramatic cost reduction for a wide range of companies in need of a powerful storage system."   

Scalability, Functionality, Energy Efficiency through STEC SSDs

The new Storagedata SANs provide high-performance storage with exceptional scalability and functionality with low energy consumption at competitive prices. The systems are available with iSCSI and FibreChannel controllers, ranging from six up to 192 drives. Through Storagedata's Active controllers with hardware RAID functionality, the SANs offer superior performance to process tremendous amounts of random access data.

ZeusIOPS SSDs are designed to optimize storage performance in servers and enterprise storage systems, enabling superior IOPS and minimizing bottlenecks associated with traditional hard disk drives. One ZeusIOPS drive can replace hundreds of hard drives and reduce the need for additional DRAM, increasing system utilization and reducing total cost of ownership. ZeusIOPS SSDs can fit seamlessly into existing enterprise servers.  Because there are no drivers required, each SSD appears to any system or RAID controller as a standard drive that can be managed by existing storage management tools, delivering true plug-and-play elegance.

To register for Storage Expo and see the new Storagedata SANs with STEC ZeusIOPS SSDs, go here or visit Storagedata at Booth A019.

About STEC, Inc.

STEC, Inc. is a leading global provider of enterprise-class solid-state drive (SSD) technologies and solutions tailored to meet the high-performance, high-reliability and high-endurance needs of today's data-intensive server and storage platforms. With headquarters in Santa Ana, California, and locations worldwide, STEC leverages almost two decades of solid-state knowledge and experience to design, manufacture and deliver the most comprehensive line of PCIe, SAS, SATA, and embedded SSDs on the market today. In addition, STEC's EnhanceIO™ SSD Cache Software enables IT managers to cost-effectively scale server application performance. For more information, please visit www.stec-inc.com.

STEC, the STEC logo and EnhanceIO are either registered trademarks or trademarks of STEC, Inc. in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks or brand names referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including those statements concerning customer adoption and utilization of STEC's ZeusIOPS SAS SSD; the benefits, capabilities, performance and cost savings of STEC's ZeusIOPS SAS SSD and other developing technologies into the storage and server design market; the benefits, capabilities, performance, and cost savings from the incorporation of STEC's ZeusIOPS SAS SSD running on the Storagedata's SAN 3800 and SAN 5000 platforms; and the evolving storage and server markets. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and involve inherent risks and uncertainties, including factors that could delay, divert or change any of them, and cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from current expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward-looking statements are detailed in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, made from time to time by STEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and its Current Reports on Form 8-K. The information contained in this press release is a statement of STEC's present intentions, beliefs or expectations. STEC may change its intentions, beliefs or expectations, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, from STEC's assumptions and otherwise. STEC undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date thereof, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

CONTACT: Jerry Steach Director, Public Relations STEC, Inc. +1.415.222.9996 jsteach@stec-inc.com Cindy Herfs Director, Public Relations Storagedata BV +31.85.4010203 cherfs@storagedata.nl

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