STEC PCI Express SSDs Qualified on OS Nexus Storage Systems Platform

STEC PCI Express SSDs Qualified on OS Nexus Storage Systems Platform

Cloud, Data Center Applications Boosted by High-Performance STEC SSD,
Cost-Effective OS Nexus Software; Demonstrated at CeBIT

SANTA ANA, Calif. and MERCER ISLAND, Wash., March 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
STEC, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC), a leading global provider of solid-state disk (SSD)
solutions, and OS Nexus, a developer of next-generation storage-appliance
solutions, today announced that the STEC™ s1120 PCIe Accelerator has been
qualified on the OS Nexus storage platform. The qualification provides IT
professionals with the assurance they can boost data center and cloud
applications efficiently through the combination of the high-performance PCI
Express (PCIe)-based s1120 SSD and the cost-effective, easily deployed OS
Nexus QuantaStor™ storage system.

The STEC s1120 PCIe Accelerator—available with up to two Terabytes of capacity
and in a version with unlimited writes—enables multiple SSDs to be deployed on
a single server and features data-protection functions such as PowerSafe™
technology that helps to ensure data is not lost in the event of power
failure. The s1120 is optimized for accelerating applications such as data
analytics, statistical analysis and modeling, and video imaging, editing and
sharing. QuantaStor is a unified storage-appliance platform designed as an
easy-to-use, low-cost, scalable alternative to expensive and complex storage
systems. The platform enables companies to deploy commodity servers as
enterprise-grade storage appliances and provides a range of open-storage
capabilities, including traditional block and file protocols, as well as big
data databases such as Hadoop, OpenStack SWIFT and scale-out storage with

"We were very impressed with the performance numbers from our validation
testing of the STEC s1120 PCIe Accelerator," said Steven Umbehocker, chief
executive officer, OS Nexus. "The s1120 exceeded our expectations and
demonstrates the tremendous enterprise-systems potential of two leading
storage solutions—STEC's SSD technology and our QuantaStor software."

"STEC continues to engage with innovative companies, such as OS Nexus, to
provide solid-state storage solutions that deliver the performance and data
reliability demanded by today's enterprise systems," said Zack Mihalis, vice
president of product marketing and management, STEC. "The validated
compatibility of the s1120 SSD and QuantaStor software give system integrators
and other IT professionals the confidence that their enterprise-storage
systems can be developed with the performance, reliability, ease of use, and
cost-efficiency STEC and OS Nexus customers expect."

A configuration demonstrating the high-performance capabilities of the STEC
s1120 PCIe Accelerator on the OS Nexus QuantaStor platform is being showcased
at this week's CeBIT 2013 trade show in Hannover, Germany, in the HappyWare
booth, #E75, Hall 2.

About STEC, Inc.

STEC, Inc. is a leading global provider of enterprise-class solid-state disk
(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

STEC, the STEC logo, PowerSafe 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.

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 benefits,
capabilities, performance, and cost savings of STEC's s1120 PCIe Accelerator
and PowerSafe technology; the benefits, capabilities, performance, and cost
savings of the OS Nexus QuantaStor storage system and software; the benefits
from the incorporation of STEC's s1120 PCIe Accelerator on the OS Nexus
QuantaStor storage platform; customer adoption and utilization of STEC's and
OS Nexus's technologies and solutions; and the evolving enterprise 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 most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, its subsequent Quarterly Reports
on Form 10-Q, and its subsequent Current Reports on Form 8-K, which are
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change its intentions, beliefs or expectations, at any time and without
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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

STEC, Inc.
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