updated 2/25/2011 9:46:41 AM ET 2011-02-25T14:46:41

SANTA ANA, Calif., Feb. 25, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STEC, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC), a leading global provider of solid-state drive (SSD) technologies and products, today announced that it has named Raymond Solone as its Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Communications. Mr. Solone will report directly to Mr. Manouch Moshayedi, Chairman and CEO of STEC, and is responsible for providing executive leadership and management of the company's marketing initiatives including: corporate branding, market development, partner/channel engagement, and technology and product marketing communications.

Mr. Solone brings more than 25 years of technology marketing experience to STEC and is chartered with driving brand awareness and customer preference, including building segment-focused demand generation strategies for the company's industry leading products and solutions.

"Raymond is ideally qualified to help us bring the STEC brand to the forefront of our prospects' and customers' minds so that we are recognized as a true leader in delivering solid-state storage and server solutions to the rapidly growing SSD market," said Mr. Moshayedi. "His direct experience in memory technologies and addressing the key influencers and decision makers in the enterprise space will enable us to take our marketing efforts to a new level of integration to help accelerate our sales cycle."

Most recently, Mr. Solone directed the corporate marketing function at Numonyx B.V., the flash memory spin-off from Intel Corporation and STMicroelectronics. In that role, he helped bring the company's products to market, grew its brand recognition among the design engineering community, and developed closed-loop marketing programs to accelerate the design of the company's products in wireless and embedded computing markets.

"I am excited about building STEC's brand and communicating the true value that our technologies and products bring to customers in the fast-growing SSD market," said Mr. Solone. "The technology know-how, performance strength, and breadth of product lines clearly sets STEC apart from our competitors and my job will be to make STEC's innovation and execution well-known to our prospects and customers."

About STEC

STEC, Inc. is a leading global provider of solid-state drive (SSD) 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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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 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 customer adoption and utilization of SSD technologies and solutions, the performance of STEC's products, the adoption of SSDs into new applications, the growing SSD market, SSD competitors, marketing initiatives, and the speed of delivering STEC's product to customers. 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. 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: Michael Bingham
         Director of Marketing Communications
         (949) 476-1180

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