STEC Announces Innovative 2TB Solid-State Drives, New Version of Caching Software

STEC Announces Innovative 2TB Solid-State Drives, New Version of Caching
Software

First to Offer 2TB SSDs in Both SAS, PCIe Interfaces; Unlimited Writes
Supported in Select Drives; New EnhanceIO Version Improves Latency, Data
Integrity

SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STEC, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC),
a leading global provider of solid-state drive (SSD) solutions, today
introduced a pair of two-Terabyte (2TB) Peripheral Component Interconnect
Express (PCIe) and Serial-attached SCSI (SAS) SSD drives – each with select
versions supporting unlimited writes – becoming the first supplier to offer
2TB SSDs with both interfaces. Additionally, the company has released a
significant update to its EnhanceIO™ SSD Cache Software.The new STEC 2TB s840
SAS SSD and 2TB s1120 PCIe Accelerator SSD, along with the updated EnhanceIO
software, deliver on STEC's mission of providing innovative solid-state
storage solutions that solve many of the performance and optimization
challenges in the enterprise storage market.

As STEC continues to align with the needs of enterprise customers, the company
has chosen to focus more acutely on a specific range of SSD solutions. These
advancements in SAS- and PCIe-based SSDs are key to this alignment, as these
two interfaces represent the largest segments of the enterprise-storage market
opportunity. The increased capacity, coupled with an array of proprietary
STEC features, make the 2TB s840 and s1120 SSDs a clearly differentiated
offering. The company has built high reliability, significant performance
improvements and enhanced data protection into each drive, while utilizing
unique, STEC-developed ASIC designs that provide low power and unmatched
longevity. In addition, STEC's EnhanceIO software substantially improves the
performance, manageability and usability of all drives – the software is
drive-agnostic -- while optimizing virtualization applications across Windows
and Linux environments.

"Our storage system requires flexibility to meet the demanding workloads and
provide high data throughput across a variety of applications," said Daniel
Iniguez, IT manager, NYX Cosmetics. "We required a storage solution that could
not only meet our hardware demands, but that also combined several SSD formats
with caching software that improved performance and manageability. STEC's SSD
drives have exceeded our expectations and, working in tandem with EnhanceIO,
address high storage loads and caching without fail. In an environment that
demands quick execution and measurable productivity, we have seen clear
results."

"Working together with architects from STEC, DataON Storage evaluated an
all-flash storage solution that yielded an unprecedented 16GB/s sustained
throughput featuring 48 2TB STEC s840 enterprise SAS SSDs within two DataON
DNS-1640 external storage JBODs," said William Huang, vice president of sales,
DataON Storage."These high-throughput results show the true performance
advantage of the STEC s840 drives and are especially valuable for accelerating
I/O-intensive applications in industries such as the oil and gas,
financial-services and government markets."

"As the solid-state drive market continues to evolve and expand, it's
imperative that businesses find the right combination of performance,
capacity, reliability, and endurance," said Jeff Janukowicz, research director
for solid-state storage at IDC. "A full breadth of SSD solutions that fit
multiple use cases and applications are a strong addition to the market,
particularly in combination with caching software that can fully utilize the
SSDs high capacity and performance."

The newest member of STEC's s800 Series SAS SSDs, the versatile 2TB s840 drive
works seamlessly with existing enterprise storage infrastructures. The s840
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
architecture. The 2TB s840's proprietary controller allows the product to
support 12 to 25 percent greater capacity than other SAS SSD on the market.
The drive's PowerSafe™ Technology protects against unscheduled power outages,
a critical requirement for rapidly growing, data-intensive market segments,
including cloud computing, data centers and large scale Internet properties.

The 2TB s1120, which establishes a new level in capacity for the STEC s1100
Series PCIe Accelerators, improves data access without expanding hardware
footprints and operational costs, uses extremely low power, and provides high
performance and endurance. Its low power consumption --- less than 25W – is
essential to hyper-scale data centers, in which every Watt is critical. The
s1120 PCIe Accelerator enables multiple SSDs to be deployed on a single server
and features data-protection functions such as PowerSafe technology that
ensure that data is not lost in the event of power failure. The 2TB s1120
card is ideal for accelerating applications such as big data, data analytics,
statistical analysis and modeling, and video imaging, editing and sharing.

Both the s840 and s1120 SSDs are available in versions that support unlimited
writes, features maximum longevity and reliability in write-intensive
applications and optimizes users' return on enterprise SSD investments.

EnhanceIO Cache Software is designed to help users easily create, configure
and analyze existing storage environments with cost-effective scalability. The
new version has taken a major step forward with the addition of
non-disruptive, fast, consistent and reliable write-back caching that greatly
improves performance while reducing latency with improved data integrity. The
software upgrade also includes usability improvements and a graphic user
interface that compiles additional statistics and analytics to deliver
increased productivity. EnhanceIO is ideal for database, big data and
virtualization applications, where the drive-agnostic caching software
provides non-intrusive performance enhancement by seamlessly integrating into
existing storage infrastructures and increasing input/output (I/O) levels.

Availability, Pricing

The STEC 2TB s840 SAS SSD and 2TB s1120 PCIe Accelerator SSD will be available
in February with volume pricing starting at $7,995 and $9,425,
respectively.EnhanceIO Cache Software is priced at $295 for Linux and $495
for Windows, and is available now for download from STEC's EnhanceIO page.

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 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, EnhanceIO and PowerSafe are either registered trademarks
or trademarks of STEC, Inc. in the United States and certain other countries.
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uncertainties, including those statements concerning customer adoption and
utilization of STEC's technologies and solutions; the size and growth of
market demands for SAS and PCIe SSD solutions; the benefits, capabilities,
performance, and cost savings of STEC's 2TB s840 SAS SSD, 2TB s1120 PCIe
Accelerator SSD, and EnhanceIO Cache Software; the applicability and
usefulness of these solutions to certain applications and industries; and the
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CONTACT: Editorial:
         Jerry Steach
         Director, Public Relations
         STEC, Inc.
         (415) 222-9996
         jsteach@stec-inc.com
        
         s840 SAS SSD, s1120 PCIe Accelerator, EnhanceIO:
         STEC Sales Support
         Toll Free: (800) 367-7330, Ext. 8305
         International: (949) 476-1180, Ext. #8305
         sales@stec-inc.com

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