sTec(R) SAS SSDs with Multi-Level Cell Technology Selected for Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS DX Series

SANTA ANA, Calif., July 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- sTec, Inc. (NASDAQ:STEC), a leading global provider of solid-state storage solutions, today announced that Fujitsu Limited has selected sTec® solid-state disks (SSDs) with the SAS interface and MLC multi-level cell (MLC) technology as the core storage for its ETERNUS DX series storage systems. The sTec s842 (formerly ZeusIOPS) drives in the ETERNUS DX series mark Fujitsu's first deployment of sTec MLC SSDs and further validates sTec as the leading provider of highly reliable, high-performance solid-state storage solutions to global system makers.

"As our customers' data storage and management demands have increased dramatically over time, so too have their needs to manage heavy workloads," said Yasuhito Arikawa, senior vice president, Storage Systems Business Unit, Fujitsu Limited. "By implementing sTec's MLC s842 drives, we've developed a cost-efficient storage solution with high endurance and reliability. sTec has demonstrated that it is a key technology partner to help us meet our customers' ever-growing storage requirements."

sTec's MLC drives enable enterprise applications to realize outstanding and sustainable input/outputs per second (IOPS) to relieve performance bottlenecks of servers and storage systems. They breathe new life into existing storage infrastructures, increase server utilization, and reduce the total cost of ownership of SSD-based storage systems. The MLC drives deliver high performance and reliability, exceptional reduction in heating and power requirements and fluid integration with existing enterprise storage infrastructures.

The ETERNUS DX series of storage systems are designed for server message block (SMB) and distributed environments requiring high reliability, availability and serviceability. The rack-mounted storage systems can accommodate up to 3,072 drives.

As part of its deployment of sTec's MLC drives within its storage systems, the Fujitsu ETERNUS DX series systems are empowered with sTec's CellCare™ technology to further improve endurance of the overall SSD solutions. CellCare is an innovative, patented set of sTec technologies for creating enterprise-class SSD endurance, performance and reliability using cost-effective, high-density MLC NAND flash memory. CellCare transparently extends the life of MLC flash media as much as 13 times longer by applying advanced signal processing techniques to adapt and tune how flash media is accessed to reduce the wear out. It eliminates a key cost barrier to deploying high-performance SSDs and enables enterprises to accelerate applications and data access.

"We have more than two decades' experience in meeting the most exacting enterprise storage demands for global leaders such as Fujitsu and look forward to extending our partnership with that company," said Michael Burnie, senior vice president AsiaPac sales, sTec. "We continue to focus on the three pillars that define SSD excellence — endurance, reliability and performance — in order to keep pace with the rapid growth of big data and the need for instant access to it."

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, the sTec logo and CellCare 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 incorporation of sTec's MLC SAS SSDs, including sTec's s842 SSD, into Fujitsu's ETERNUS DX series storage systems; the benefits, capabilities, performance, and cost savings of sTec's SSD solutions, including sTec's MLC SSDs and CellCare technology; the benefits from sTec's MLC SSDs used in enterprise applications; and addressing the ever growing storage requirements of end-customers and the rapid growth of big data. 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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