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STEC Launches Ultra Low Latency Solid State Drive (SSD) Targeting New Enterprise Storage Applications at Oracle OpenWorld

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

SANTA ANA, Calif., Sept. 20, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STEC, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC) today announced at Oracle OpenWorld its ZeusRAM SSD tailored for extremely fast and continuous read/write workloads including metadata logging, journaling, and database indexing applications. ZeusRAM solves the primary challenge in these environments -- speeding access to data -- by minimizing latency to an extremely low sub 23 microseconds. As a result, the SSD enables network attached and unified storage appliances to have high-speed access to "metadata," information on where and how data is stored, on systems that are becoming increasingly complex.

ZeusRAM's innovative design utilizes fully-backed up DRAM to Flash, ensuring power back-up protection in the event of a host system's power loss. This implementation leverages the endurance of DRAM and the persistence of Flash to create an enterprise drive that is highly-reliable with superior wear-resistance. In contrast, traditional solutions such as those relying solely on DRAM and hard disk drives (HDDs) have been inadequate in handling the explosive growth of data and sophisticated file systems. The ZeusRAM SSD, currently sampling into high-performance Enterprise OEMs, will launch in a 3.5-inch standard form factor with native 6Gb SAS interface.

"The introduction of our ZeusRAM offers another example of how STEC is pushing the performance boundaries of SSD technologies, in this case, by creating ultra fast cache to address evolving market needs," said Manouch Moshayedi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of STEC. "As an enterprise SSD leader, we have leveraged our extensive design expertise to engineer a high-performance solution to minimize new storage bottlenecks."

ZeusRAM is a critical addition to STEC's highly successful Zeus product line as it fills the need for customized fast write commit applications. The key distinguishing feature of the RAM-based SSD is its superior wear-resistance, designed specifically for persistent writes. This advancement will allow SSDs to replace older technologies within arenas outside of traditional Enterprise storage. For example, these capabilities are important in certain NAS, Unified Storage, De-dupe, and data protection appliances.  

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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

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This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including those statements concerning: the capabilities, reliability and performance of STEC's products; sampling of products at Enterprise OEMs; and the usages and expansion of the Enterprise class SSD 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 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.

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