sTec Announces Industry's First Generally Available Micro SAS Solid-State Drives

sTec Announces Industry's First Generally Available Micro SAS Solid-State

New 1.8-Inch SSDs, Offered with Encryption, Expand sTec Solutions for Cloud,
Data Center, Web, Government/Defense Applications

SANTA ANA, Calif., July 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- sTec, Inc. (NASDAQ:
STEC), a leading global provider of solid-state storage solutions, today
announced it has expanded its s800 family of Serial Attached Storage (SAS)
solid-state drives (SSDs) with the introduction of the industry's first
generally available Micro SAS SSDs. Additionally, sTec announced that the new
small-form-factor (1.8-inch) Micro SAS SSDs are available with stringent
256-bit AES-XTS encryption, enabling hardware-level security in cloud
computing, data centers and web-based applications, as well as in government
and defense environments where data protection is crucial. The new sTec® Micro
SAS drives are available directly from sTec and through its distribution

Uniquely designed for blade servers, caching and high-density computing
environments, the new Micro SAS drives provide storage-system developers with
the smallest enterprise-class SAS SSD form factor yet. They meet the
demanding performance, footprint and power requirements of today's
enterprise-storage applications.

"Our new Micro SAS SSDs are ideal for applications that demand a smaller
footprint and power usage," said Zack Mihalis, vice president product
marketing and management, sTec. "And through the 256-bit encryption option,
our SAS drives can provide the performance, endurance and reliability of sTec
solid-state storage with significant data protection, helping counter the
vulnerability of the rapidly growing amount of data in cloud, data center and
web-based applications."

In addition to their corporate enterprise system applications, the new Micro
SAS SSDs and encryption address the rigorous demands of the federal
sector.Government agencies face increasingly tighter requirements on
computing and storage systems' size and energy usage -- concerns addressed by
the Micro SAS drives' small form factor and power draw that's 20 percent less
than standard 2.5-inch SAS SSDs.Additionally, mobile/remote defense computing
and storage systems call for high levels of encryption in the field, so that
data is inaccessible should equipment fall into the wrong hands.

"Size, weight, and power have always been important at the tactical level, as
has environmental resiliency," said Mike Schneider, vice president of federal
programs and business development at Themis Computer, a supplier of
high-performance board- and system-level products for mission-critical
commercial and military applications. "With the dramatic cost decreases for
high-endurance, flash-based storage, and the availability of critical
data-protection features like encryption and the ability to thoroughly purge a
drive's data, IT support for on-the-move operations is now feasible and

The new sTec Micro SAS drives are available in 200GB and 400GB capacities.
Contact sTec for volume pricing.The AES-XTS encryption is also available on
sTec s800 2.5-inch SAS drives, with capacities up to two terabytes.

For more information on the sTec s800 family of SAS drives, go to For more information on SSD encryption, to go

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

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 of sTec's Micro SAS drives;
addressing data security requirements of cloud computing, data centers and
web-based applications, as well as in government and defense environments; and
addressing needs for smaller form factor and low power consumption. 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: Editorial contact:
         Jerry Steach
         Director, Public Relations
         sTec, Inc.
         (415) 222-9996

sTec, Inc.
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