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STEC to Support Sun's Unified Storage Family Using its ZeusIOPS and MACH8/IOPS Solid-State Drives
SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov 24, 2008 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- STEC, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC), a designer, manufacturer and marketer of high performance solid-state drives (SSDs), today announced that Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:JAVA) has completed full qualification of STEC's -- ZeusIOPS and MACH8/IOPS -- SSDs for use in its breakthrough Sun Storage(tm) 7000 family. This qualification of STEC products included qualification with Sun's ZFS file system, a first-of-its-kind file system optimized to take advantage of multiple tiers of Flash technologies.

"Our advancements in SSD hardware work in alignment with Sun's continued pursuit to deliver systems that simplify the way information is stored and managed," said Manouch Moshayedi, chief executive officer at STEC. "We anticipate a long, intensive collaboration with Sun to continue developing optimized SSD solutions that help advance Enterprise-Storage and Enterprise-Server workloads."

"Sun prides itself on working with partners that support our drive for innovation in Open Storage. STEC has provided the high performance SSDs used in the Sun Storage 7000 family, which provides radical simplicity, performance and cost savings," said Victor Walker, vice president, storage development, Sun Microsystems.

Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems provides comprehensive data services at no extra cost, such as replication, active clustering, compression and thin provisioning. Due to the unique flexible and open design, customers can benefit from continuous innovation and new data service advancements and features available from Sun through automated updates included in each system

STEC SSD technology

STEC offers the industry's broadest range of SSDs, each with distinct product architectures to achieve the unique requirements of specific applications, spanning storage systems, servers, ultra-mobile PCs and beyond. STEC's multi-tiered Enterprise SSD offering enables OEMs such as Sun the ability to achieve significant performance improvements, power savings and improved total cost of ownership for Enterprise Systems.

About STEC

STEC, Inc., with headquarters in Santa Ana, California and offices around the globe, designs, manufactures and markets high performance storage solutions. The Company's product portfolio includes the industry's broadest SSD offerings. For more information, visit the Company's web site at 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, but not limited to, statements concerning: our anticipation of a long, intensive collaboration with Sun to continue developing optimized SSD solutions that help advance enterprise storage and server workloads; offering the industry's broadest range of SSDs, and our multi-tiered enterprise SSD offering enabling OEMs such as Sun the ability to achieve significant performance improvements, power savings and improved total cost of ownership for enterprise systems. 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 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. 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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SOURCE: STEC, Inc.; Sun Microsystems, Inc.

STEC, Inc.
          Mitch Gellman, Vice President of Investor Relations
          (949) 260-8328
          ir@stec-inc.com
"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding sTec, Inc.'s business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.