sTec Announces Solid-State Storage Appliance for Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2012, Delivering Superior Performance,

sTec Announces Solid-State Storage Appliance for Microsoft Windows Storage
Server 2012, Delivering Superior Performance, Reliability to Enterprise
Systems

New s3000 Expands Solid-State Storage Solutions, Available Through sTec Global
Channel

NEW ORLEANS, June 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TechEd 2013 – sTec, Inc.
(NASDAQ:STEC), a leading global provider of solid-state storage solutions,
today announced the sTec® s3000 storage appliance. The s3000 combines the
performance, reliability and endurance of sTec's industry-leading solid-state
drive (SSD) technology with Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2012 storage
clustering, virtualization and management features -- all within a
cost-effective hardware configuration.

With up to 96 terabytes (TB) of storage per appliance, the s3000 is a
significant addition to sTec's solid-state storage product portfolio of
top-performing and most-reliable enterprise SSD drives and caching software.
Furthermore, the s3000 demonstrates sTec's commitment to providing an
expansive range of tailored solid-state storage solutions, directly to the
enterprise or through the company's growing global partner program.

"In providing customized SSD solutions to meet our customers' storage
requirements, we discovered a significant opportunity for an sTec-developed
appliance that blends the power and performance of sTec SSDs with the
capabilities and widespread deployment of Windows Storage Server 2012," said
Ali Zadeh, corporate senior vice president and chief marketing officer, and
general manager of the Systems and Software Group, sTec. "The s3000 is an
ideal solution for IT managers looking to tailor their data centers to meet
the demanding performance needs of their data-intensive applications."

"Windows Storage Server 2012 introduced industry-leading innovations in
storage, and sTec is building on these advances," said Brian Hillger,
director, Server and Tools Marketing, Microsoft."sTec's s3000 solid-state
storage appliance takes advantage of Windows Storage Server 2012's range of
features to give enterprises worldwide an advanced storage platform."

"The enterprise-storage market is ripe for leveraging advances in SSDs and
operating systems that provide powerful solutions to IT professionals'
greatest challenges: storage management, clustering and virtualization – all
within a reasonable budget," said Jim Bagley, senior analyst, Storage
Strategies NOW, a leading industry analyst firm covering the IT
industry."sTec has aligned its solid-state storage expertise with this trend,
as the s3000 was developed around Windows Storage Server 2012 for a tight
coupling of enterprise-class storage and a standardized software platform."

As with all sTec solid-state storage solutions, the s3000 is architected for
enterprise-class storage, enabling it to address the critical-data
requirements of industries such as oil and gas, government,
telecommunications, and cloud computing. With a large in-house team of
storage, application and data center experts, sTec is able to work directly
with customers to develop ideal approaches for tailoring their data centers to
optimally incorporate the s3000 along with its other SSD solutions.

With performance as high as 1.2 million IOs per second (IOPS) and featuring
sTec Serial Attached Storage (SAS) SSDs with up to twice the endurance of
competing drives, the s3000 harnesses the power of sTec SSD technology to
reduce application execution time and increase real-time access to
high-demand, shared assets. By building the s3000 for Windows Storage Server
2012, sTec is bringing to market a high-performance storage appliance that can
be integrated with existing storage systems, enhance traditional file-serving
capabilities, and extend hypervisors such as Hyper-V and file-based storage
for application workloads such as, SQL Server and SharePoint.The s3000 is
particularly applicable in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments
and those requiring performance-intensive I/O deployments to achieve higher
virtualization consolidation factors. 

The s3000 provides continuous availability and full redundancy through Windows
Server 2012 Storage Spaces, and enables hot-swapping of drives and power
supplies. It offers flexible, unified storage and data reduction through
de-duplication and thin provisioning.Additionally, the s3000 is highly
scalable; it can be configured with one or two 19-inch rack-mountable shelves,
each accommodating as many as 24 SSDs, and can scale up to eight full
interconnected appliances for a total of 768 TB of solid-state storage.

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 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 and the sTec logo 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 from the combination of the sTec
s3000 storage appliance running Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2012; the
benefits, capabilities, and performance from the incorporation of sTec's SSD
technology into the sTec s3000 storage appliance; growth of sTec's global
partner program; expanding solid state solutions; addressing the critical-data
requirements of industries such as oil and gas, government,
telecommunications, and cloud computing; 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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www.stec-inc.com. The information contained in this press release is a
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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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