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STEC PCI Express SSDs Qualified on OS Nexus Storage Systems Platform

STEC, Inc.

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 Gluster.

"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 www.stec-inc.com.

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.

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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 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. +1 (415) 222-9996 jsteach@stec-inc.com

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