updated 12/9/2010 2:15:21 AM ET 2010-12-09T07:15:21

SANTA ANA, Calif., Dec. 8, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STEC, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC) today announced that its high capacity enterprise-class ZeusIOPS Solid State Drives (SSDs) have been qualified for integration into the HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array platform. STEC's ZeusIOPS drives offer an optimized storage capacity solution that provides improved performance and faster response times, increasing the advantages of storage virtualization.

The incorporation of STEC's ZeusIOPS 200GB and 400GB Fibre Channel (FC) SSDs into the HP Enterprise Virtual Array storage systems is supported by HP management software suite including HP StorageWorks Command View EVA and HP StorageWorks Business Copy EVA Software. The software coupled with STEC's SSDs reduces the complexity of virtual array storage solutions and increases the overall performance capabilities for environments that require low response times and high random IO transactions, such as OLTP and Database applications.

The use of SSDs results in improved response time performance of 40 percent in INDEX applications, and also exhibits an increase in throughput and decrease in latency in SQL Server environments.

"We have developed an optimized solution for customers like HP to enable them to realize the potential of virtualized storage," said Manouch Moshayedi, chairman and chief executive officer of STEC. "We are continuously leveraging our extensive SSD expertise to support and innovate with our partners in delivering an expanding array of industry-leading enterprise solid state storage solutions."

"Clients require easy-to-manage storage solutions that enhance operations and drive productivity," said Tom Joyce, vice president, marketing, StorageWorks, HP. "The HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array with STEC SSD capabilities delivers high performance, high capacity and ease-of-use to maximize storage utilization in virtual environments."

The ZeusIOPS SSD product family offers a comprehensive array of options for enterprise system architects, including a wide range of interface options, from Fibre Channel to SAS, and a broad range of capacity options, spanning from 73GB to 800GB. Fundamental to the ZeusIOPS product family is the proprietary STEC SSD architecture, which enables STEC to provide an enterprise-optimized storage device with an unprecedented combination of performance and energy efficiency.

For more information regarding this announcement and other important SSD topics, please visit the company's web site at www.stec-inc.com

About STEC

STEC, Inc. is a leading global provider of solid-state drive technologies and solutions tailored to meet the high-performance, high-reliability needs of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). With headquarters in Santa Ana, California and locations worldwide, STEC leverages almost two decades of solid-state drive knowledge and experience to deliver the industry's most comprehensive line of solid-state drives to the storage industry. For more information, visit the company's web site at http://www.stec-inc.com

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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 customer adoption and utilization of STEC's technologies and solutions, the benefits from the integration of STEC SSDs across HP's platforms, the capabilities and performance of STEC's products, and the adoption of SSDs into new applications. 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 could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from current expectations. Although STEC believes that the forward looking statements contained in this release are reasonable, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be fulfilled. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements are detailed in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission made from time to time by STEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and its Current Reports on Form 8-K. The information contained in this press release is a statement of STEC's present intention, belief or expectation. STEC may change its intention, belief, or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, in STEC's assumptions or otherwise. STEC undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

CONTACT:  STEC, Inc.
          Mitch Gellman, Vice President of Investor Relations
          (949) 260-8328
          ir@stec-inc.com

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