STEC, Mellanox, DataON to Showcase SSD-Based HA-DAS at SC12

STEC, Mellanox, DataON to Showcase SSD-Based HA-DAS at SC12

Demonstration Highlights HA-DAS Solutions, RDMA Interconnects for
High-Performance Supercomputing Applications

SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 12, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STEC, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC),
a leading global provider of solid-state drive (SSD) technologies and
products, today announced that it will demonstrate a joint SSD-based,
high-availability direct-attached storage (HA-DAS) solution, in collaboration
with Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (Nasdaq:MLNX) (TASE:MLNX) and DataON Storage,
in the STEC booth (#3948) at the SC12 supercomputing conference, taking place
Nov. 12-15, 2012, at the Salt Palace Convention Center, in Salt Lake City,

The companies are showcasing a high-performance computing (HPC) deployment
that offers high throughput and CPU efficiency, underscoring the I/O
price/performance advantages of the companies' combined solutions, unmatched
by traditional storage vendors. Running on a commodity Intel server with
Mellanox remote directmemory access(RDMA)-enabled interconnects, a DataON
DNS-1640 6Gb/s SAS 24-bay storage shelf, and STEC s840 Enterprise SAS SSDs,
the solution enhances the benefits of Microsoft Windows Server 2012's Storage
Spaces and SMB Direct features.

In recent testing completed at the Microsoft test lab, 1.45 million
input/output operations per second (IOPS) transfer speeds were achieved using
this performance-tuned storage stack from STEC, Mellanox, and DataON. The
performance numbers are a result of testing a single node configured with the
Mellanox ConnectX^®-3 40Gb/s Ethernet with RDMA (or ConnectX-3 FDR 56Gb/s
InfiniBand) adapter with a single DataON storage shelf using STEC ZeusIOPS^®
SSDs within the Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Storage Spaces environment.

STECis also highlighting a second, high-availability solution, running an
HA-DAS clustered environment under Microsoft Windows Server 2012. The HA-DAS
system is deployed on dual independent servers (two-node cluster) and a single
DataON DNS-1640 2U 24-bay storage enclosure, leveraging STEC s840 Enterprise
SAS SSDs to deliver performance-tuned clustered storage solutions that benefit
from the low-latency advantages of the s840 SSDs.

To see STEC's enterprise solid-state solutions for HPC and supercomputing
applications, please visit Booth #3948 at SC12. For more information on the
company's SSD solutions, go to

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

The STEC, Inc. logo is available at

About Mellanox

Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and
Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox
interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the
highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications
and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast
interconnect products: adapters, switches, software and silicon that
accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range
of markets including high performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web
2.0, cloud, storage and financial services. More information is available at

About DataON Storage

DataON Storage is the leading provider of OS-Agnostic Storage Enclosures. As a
pioneer in enterprise-class storage, DataON delivers reliable high-performance
scalable solutions. DataON Storage supplies storage disk shelf products based
on 6Gb/s SAS technology; including 4U 60-bay 3.5" ultra-density JBOD, 4U
24-bay 3.5" best-of-breed and 2U 24-bay 2.5" performance-tuned storage
enclosures. In addition to SAS JBODs, DataON Storage also offers disk shelf
management software DSM 3.1 for NexentaStor, OpenSolaris and Solaris OS and
Windows Server 2012. More information is available at

STEC, the STEC logo, EnhanceIO and ZeusIOPS 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.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of

This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and
uncertainties, including those statements concerning the relationships and
collaboration between STEC, Mellanox,and DataON; the benefits, capabilities,
performance, and cost savings of STEC's SSD solutions; the benefits,
capabilities, performance, and cost savings of the combined solutions from
STEC, Mellanox, and DataON; and the evolving enterprise storage and server
markets in general. 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
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CONTACT: Jerry Steach
         Director, Public Relations
         STEC, Inc.

STEC, Inc.
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