sTec Launches Global Channel Program, Aggressively Expands Solid-State Storage Solutions, Targets New Market Segments

sTec Launches Global Channel Program, Aggressively Expands Solid-State Storage
Solutions, Targets New Market Segments

SSD Industry Leader Addresses Growing Demand for Tailored Data Centers

SANTA ANA, Calif., April 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- sTec, Inc. (NASDAQ:STEC),
a leading global provider of solid-state storage solutions, today announced
its extensive range of solid-state solutions are now available to enterprise
customers through the company's new direct sales and global channel programs.
Building upon its unmatched, two-decade track record of delivering flash-based
storage solutions through server and storage OEMs, sTec has added highly
experienced channel partners and broadened the technical and market expertise
of its direct sales force, delivering a team of professionals with extensive
backgrounds in enterprise storage. These additions serve to expand sTec's
reach into the enterprise and in key vertical markets, including oil and gas,
federal government, telecommunications, financial services, cloud, and social
media. 

Transforming Data Centers with Added Expertise, Expanded Sales Channels

With its newly expanded global reach and vertical-market expertise, sTec is
now strategically organized to best serve the enterprise storage industry as
it undergoes a significant transformation.Market research indicates that
enterprise storage is rapidly shifting to scalable architectures tailored
toward specific applications that depend less on pre-configured servers and
other storage systems.sTec's new direct-to-user approach supports the
tailored data-center model by providing IT professionals access to its
enterprise-class solid-state drives (SSDs) and software, and specialized sTec®
application and storage market expertise.

"The enterprise storage market is undergoing a transformation in which
organizations are looking beyond general-purpose solutions for their
infrastructures and toward a customized installation for high-end, data-driven
applications and workloads," said Jeff Janukowicz, research director, Solid
State Drives and Enabling Technologies at IDC. "We estimate that by 2016 just
under half of all enterprise storage capacity shipped will be through
non-system OEM channels, which include shipments directly to hyperscale cloud
data centers, ODMs, and specialized system integrators, presenting a clear
opportunity for providers that can offer a variety of storage solutions geared
toward specific vertical deployments and application requirements."

Addressing the new market landscape, sTec's restructured organization includes
over 50 new professionals from industry-leading storage vendors with extensive
experience developing customized solutions for data centers. The expanded
sales infrastructure complements the company's comprehensive channel program,
and dramatically broadens enterprises' direct access to sTec's
well-established solid-state storage solutions. sTec is further expanding its
global channel program through partners with particular expertise and
proximity to the company's customers, enabling it to best serve its targeted
vertical markets.

"As the company that has shipped more SSDs to the enterprise than any other
supplier, we have the unique capability to provide critical application
knowledge and experience to solve our customers' most critical issues," said
Ali Zadeh, corporate senior vice president and chief marketing officer, and
general manager of the Systems and Software Group, sTec. "While there will
always be enterprise environments based on turn-key storage solutions, today
many IT managers must tailor their data center infrastructures to suit
specific applications and workloads.With our recently expanded portfolio of
solid-state storage solutions and new vertical-market and applications
expertise, sTec is the ideal solutions provider to address the emerging
tailored data center model."

Industry-Wide Endorsements

"We required a storage solution that could not only meet our hardware demands,
but also combine several SSD formats with caching software that improved
performance and manageability," said Daniel Iniguez, IT Manager, NYX
Cosmetics, an international cosmetics maker. "sTec's SSDs have exceeded our
expectations and, working in tandem with EnhanceIO™, address high storage
loads and caching without fail."

"sTec has an incomparable reputation in SSD solutions, which complement our
hypervisor software exceptionally well," said Carlos Carreras, vice president,
alliances and business development, DataCore Software, a leader in hypervisor
storage software.

"The government markets that Norseman serves demand fast, reliable,
solid-state storage solutions backed by a commitment to customer service,"
said Justin Bonner, chief executive officer, Norseman Defense Technologies, an
IT solutions integrator and consultant."sTec has shown its value in partner
loyalty and responsiveness, and we are proud to offer their innovative
solutions to our customers."

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
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 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 sTec's reach into the
enterprise and vertical markets, including oil and gas, federal government,
telecommunications, financial services, cloud, and social media; sTec's global
channel program; new sales and marketing infrastructure; the shift in
enterprise storage towards scalable and tailored architectures; the
transformation of the enterprise storage industry in general; and sales of
SSDs to the enterprise. 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
www.stec-inc.com. The 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
         jsteach@stec-inc.com
        
         Merrill Freund or Lauren Whitehouse
         Schwartz MSL
         (415) 512-0770
         stec@schwartzmsl.com

sTec, Inc.
 
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