NEC Integrates STEC Zeus IOPS(TM) Solid State Drives (SSDs), Marking the First Platform-Wide SSD Implementation

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

SANTA ANA, Calif., April 6, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STEC, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC), a global provider of high-end enterprise-class solid-state drive (SSD) technologies and solutions, today announced that its ZeusIOPS™ SSDs were selected for NEC's D-Series SAN Storage arrays as part of NEC's integration of SSD technology.

"Since our customers have stringent and precise requirements for storage solutions, teaming with STEC will allow us to push the capabilities of our SAN Storage devices even further, beginning with the D-Series implementation," said Chikara Suzuki, General Manager, Storage Products Division, NEC Corporation. "Performance and cost-effectiveness matter greatly within the enterprise space and the STEC ZeusIOPS SSD provides both without compromise. We see this integration as a step towards greater SSD deployment across multiple NEC platforms."

The NEC D-Series SAN Storage array is designed specifically to meet the intense data requirements of an enterprise segment that is growing at an unprecedented rate. To address this increasing demand, the D-Series provides easily scalable SAN storage without sacrificing performance or flexibility. The new NEC D-Series SAN Storage arrays featuring STEC's ZeusIOPS SSDs are available now for enterprise-level storage integration.1

"We are excited to work alongside NEC to advance its D-Series SAN Storage arrays by adding the performance features of our ZeusIOPS SSD," said Manouch Moshayedi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of STEC. "ZeusIOPS SSDs are among the most powerful and resource-efficient storage solutions ever engineered and we're glad that, through our collaboration, NEC can deliver the proven performance gains and power consumption savings of STEC's SSDs to its enterprise customers."

The Zeus product family presents a SSD design that enables performance breakthroughs that enable systems to deliver outstanding and sustainable Input/Outputs per second (IOPS). As a result, ZeusIOPS SSDs can be easily integrated into existing storage infrastructures—delivering a new level of enterprise-optimized storage solutions. Additional ZeusIOPS SSD advantages include:

  • More than 200 times faster transactional performance over 15K RPM hard disk drive (HDD)
  • Sustained random read performance in excess of 70,000 IOPS
  • Sustained sequential large block transfers up to 450 MB/s
  • Built-in enterprise focused advanced wear leveling
  • 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch form factors for seamless replacement within existing storage systems
  • Available in6 Gb/s Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) interface for complete storage solution

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1: STEC's ZeusIOPS 73GB and 400GB Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) SSDs are available in NEC's D-Series SAN Storage arrays: D4-30 and D8-30.

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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 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 customer adoption and utilization of STEC's and NEC's technologies and solutions, the benefits from the integration of STEC SSDs across NEC's storage 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.

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