STEC, Demartek Unveil Test Results Demonstrating STEC(TM) PCI Express Solid-State Storage Solution's Performance Boost in SQL

STEC, Demartek Unveil Test Results Demonstrating STEC(TM) PCI Express
Solid-State Storage Solution's Performance Boost in SQL Servers

STEC s1120 PCIe Accelerator, EnhanceIO(TM) SSD Cache Software Deliver
Significant Improvements in Database Transactions, Bandwidth, Latency

SANTA ANA, Calif. and AVARDA, Colo., March 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STEC,
Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC), a leading global provider of solid-state storage
solutions, and Demartek, LLC, a leader in lab validation testing of server,
network, storage, and security technologies, today announced evaluation
results confirming that STEC's solid-state storage solutions deliver
significantly enhanced performance for managing large volumes of data
transactions. Conducted by Demartek, the test examined the STEC™ s1120 PCIe
Accelerator in a primary storage configuration, as well as in a caching
environment in combination with STEC's EnhanceIO™ SSD Cache Software. In both
configurations, STEC far exceeded traditional SAN performance.

Demartek, deployed a real database on Microsoft SQL Server running an on-line
transaction processing (OLTP) workload. The test modeled a brokerage firm with
customers who generate transactions related to trades, account inquiries and
market research. In turn, the hypothetical brokerage firm interacts with
financial markets to execute orders on behalf of the customers and updates
relevant account information.

Key findings in Demartek's testing and analysis of the STEC s1120 SSD and
EnhanceIO software include:

  *For primary storage configurations, using the s1120, it was determined
    -- Database transactions per second were up to 16 times higher than a
    similarly configured HDD storage environment
    -- Bandwidth was up to 7.5 times higher than the HDD solution
    -- Latency was 100 times lower than in an HDD system

  *For caching configurations, using the s1120 and EnhanceIO Caching
    software, it was determined that:
    -- Database transactions per second were up to 8 times higher than with

"We recommend that enterprises consider the STEC s1120 PCIe Accelerator and
EnhanceIO SSD Cache software for any application that needs significantly
improved performance," said Dennis Martin, founder and president, Demartek.
"The STEC s1120 PCIe Accelerator provides significant performance advantages
when it comes to database transactions per second, bandwidth and latency

"Benchmarking our products in real-world environments is essential to assuring
they'll perform optimally in high-performance enterprise environments," said
Zack Mihalis, vice president of product management and marketing, STEC. "This
third-party validation ensures that those involved in developing storage
architectures understand what they can expect with our SSDs and software, in
terms of performance, latency and bandwidth."

Variety of Materials Covering Demartek Tests Available

-- Demartek's comprehensive lab evaluation of the s1120 and EnhanceIO is
available for download.

-- An overview on the test is available on video.

-- A webcast discussing the Demartek testing is available on TechTarget

About STEC, Inc.

STEC, Inc. is a leading global provider of enterprise-class, solid-state
storage solutions designed for the ever-growing performance, reliability and
endurance requirements of today's advanced data centers. The industry's first
company to deploy solid-state drives (SSDs) into large-scale enterprise
environments, STEC offers the industry's widest range of solid-state storage
solutions, which protect critical information for major business and
government organizations worldwide. Headquartered in Santa Ana, California,
STEC also serves the embedded and military/aerospace markets with SSDs for
industrial and rugged environments. For more information, visit

The STEC, Inc. logo is available at

About Demartek

Demartek provides real-world, hands-on research & analysis by focusing on
industry analysis and lab validation testing of server, network, storage and
security technologies, for the small and medium business (SMB) environment and
the large enterprise. Demartek conducts research and lab testing resulting in
white papers and product comparison reports. Demartek focuses on industry
analysis and lab validation testing of server, network, storage and security

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.

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 the benefits,
capabilities, performance, and cost savings of STEC's s1120 PCIe Accelerator
and EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software; the performance of STEC's s1120 PCIe
Accelerator and EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software running the Microsoft SQL Server
platform; adoption and utilization of STEC's solid-state technology 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 available on
the Investor Relations section of STEC's website at
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. Except as required by
law, 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.
         (415) 222-9996
         Dennis Martin
         Founder, President
         Demartek, LLC
         (303) 940-7575

STEC, Inc.
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