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

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

ZeusIOPS SSDs Help Storagedata SAN Series Reach Over 500,000 IOPS,
Demonstration at Storage Expo in the Netherlands

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 fortheir 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
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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
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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

STEC, Inc.