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STEC's Zeus-IOPS Solid State Drives Selected by EMC Corporation for Symmetrix DMX-4 Enterprise Storage Systems
EMC and STEC Partner to Provide Highly Reliable Solid State Storage Technologies to Enterprise Customers, Ushering in a New Era of Data Storage With Unrivaled Performance and Energy Efficiency

SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 14, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- STEC, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC) today announced that EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, has selected STEC's Zeus-IOPS line of solid state drives (SSDs) for deployment in its Symmetrix DMX-4 high-end networked storage systems. STEC's technology gives EMC a significant advantage in system-level performance and further validates the surge in SSD adoption, marking an important milestone in the evolution of enterprise storage.

"We believe that flash-based solid state storage is a game changing technology and that STEC is at the forefront of the SSD market," said Brian Gallagher, senior vice president and general manager, Symmetrix Product Group EMC. "Over the past year, EMC and STEC have collaborated to ensure that the Zeus-IOPS Fibre Channel drive meets the stringent quality, availability and reliability requirements of the enterprise storage market. The resulting integration of enterprise-class SSDs with the full breadth of Symmetrix DMX-4 features, capabilities and traditional disk drives will provide our customers with unprecedented levels of performance and energy efficiency for their most demanding applications."

"This is strong validation of our leadership position in providing SSDs to the Enterprise storage market, and we are delighted to partner with EMC in delivering the highest performance enterprise storage solutions," said Manouch Moshayedi, chief executive officer at STEC. "We feel that this important collaborative effort represents true innovation and market leadership by both companies. As a result of our collective efforts, Zeus SSDs will provide EMC with unprecedented levels of system-level performance. This union signifies the first adoption of our Zeus-IOPS SSDs in the enterprise storage and enterprise computing markets."

For more than a decade, EMC Symmetrix systems have continuously held the market leadership position for high end storage. The Symmetrix DMX-4 is the premier platform for the first ever enterprise-class deployments of solid state storage and is the result of more than a year of comprehensive testing and qualification. EMC's strong position as the industry leader in terms of performance and reliability is reinforced in its ability to integrate SSD into its existing systems and introduce this highest tier of storage to customers with the most demanding performance requirements.

Enterprise Class SSD as a New Tier of Drive Storage - Enabling New Levels of Performance

Zeus-IOPS SSDs, in the same form factor as industry standard 3.5" hard disk drives, provide significant performance improvements, power savings and improved total cost of ownership. In terms of performance, while hard drive access times are measured in milliseconds, access times for Zeus-IOPS SSDs are measured in microseconds, enabling significant improvement in data input/output and latency.

The Zeus-IOPS is the fastest SSD available, based on all critical facets of sustained sequential throughput and, most importantly, sustained read and write input/output per second ("IOPS"). Given the transaction-intensive nature of high-end enterprise storage systems, the Zeus-IOPS drives are optimized to deliver the highest levels of transactional performance.

Prominent product specifications include:


 *     Up to 52,000 Sustained Random Read IOPS
 *     Up to 17,000 Sustained Random Write IOPS
 *     Up to 250MB/sec sustained, sequential reads; 200MB/sec
       sustained,  sequential writes
 *     Interfaces: Fibre Channel, SAS and 3Gb SATA
 *     Form Factor: 3.5-inch standard HDD dimensions
 *     Weight of less than 0.4 kg

About STEC

STEC, Inc., with headquarters in Santa Ana, California, designs, manufactures and markets high performance solid state drives. For more information, visit the company's web site at www.stec-inc.com.

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Safe Harbor

This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, statements concerning the performance of Zeus products, and STEC's ability to address the growing enterprise-class drive market. Actual results may differ materially from the results predicted. Important factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements are detailed under "Risk Factors" 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. Other factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements include the following risks: Zeus products may not perform in the manner anticipated, customer demand for such products may not grow as projected, and new technological advancements in the field might produce more competitive products. 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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