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sTec Announces Free EnhanceIO Profiler Software for Solid-State Storage Caching

SANTA ANA, Calif., May 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- sTec, Inc. (NASDAQ: STEC), a leading global provider of solid-state storage solutions, today announced sTec® EnhanceIO™ Profiler, the only comprehensive cache performance profiler available for free and unlimited use. Profiler empowers IT managers by identifying the optimal caching strategy for specific data center workloads, boosting performance, and maximizing existing solid-state or rotating-disk storage hardware investments. EnhanceIO Profiler's free download is available today at www.stec-inc.com/products/enhanceio-profiler-download.

"Profiler allowed us to identify the actual performance gains we would achieve by deploying caching by simply running the software in our existing environment," said Nicholas Lemberger, systems administrator at Lakefield, a telecommunications company based in Wisconsin. "We were able to realize the cost and performance benefits of caching without the need to re-architect our site."

As a result of the recent data explosion, modern data centers must use aggressive storage optimization strategies to keep up with data demands. IT managers are under constant pressure to ensure that the increasing data load is stored efficiently for faster access, while keeping budgets in check. EnhanceIO Profiler provides the needed guidance on the deployment strategy, addressing workload data center challenges.

"Countless IT administrators are looking to reap the benefits of solid-state drives without taking on the cost of completely replacing their current storage systems," said Sunil Daryanani, director of product management, sTec. "By offering EnhanceIO Profiler for free and unlimited use, sTec enables IT managers to clearly see where caching would boost performance, then configure their data centers for maximum return on investment."

Profiler saves hours of administrative trial and error by recommending the optimal block size, and the capacity and type of solid-state drives (SSDs) to be used for maximum performance gain. With a non-disruptive installation and configuration, and an easy-to-use dashboard with detailed yet simple reporting, IT managers can be up and running in a matter of minutes.

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 the benefits, capabilities, performance, and cost savings from sTec's EnhanceIO Profiler and the evolving enterprise storage and server markets in general. 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

Source:sTec, Inc.