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STEC Releases EnhanceIO(TM) SSD Cache Software
New Products for Linux, Windows Support Application Performance; Cost Effectively Scale IT Infrastructures

SANTA ANA, Calif., June 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STEC, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC), The SSD Company™, a leading global provider of solid-state drive (SSD) technologies and products, today announced the general availability of the company's EnhanceIO™ SSD Cache Software. The company offers Linux and Windows versions. In addition, a Linux version of EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software, based on Facebook's Flashcache caching module, will be made available under a general public license (GPLv2).

"Today's IT managers need to cope not only with data growth but also the need for faster application response times," said Jim Ting, vice president of product marketing at STEC. "SSD caching extends the useful life of a company's existing SAN by offloading read IOs to the SSD cache, enabling the SAN to process other IO activity."

"As one of the original architects of Flashcache, I'm extremely pleased to see this technology being enhanced and supported by STEC in their EnhanceIO software," said Mohan Srinivasan, software engineer at Facebook. "Flashcache has proven to be an invaluable tool for accelerating application performance at Facebook. We believe organizations can benefit from the improved application performance and user experience enabled by using STEC's enhanced and supported version of Flashcache."

STEC has submitted a version of the EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software source code to the Linux open-source community. This will reduce the barrier to entry for organizations who want the superior user experience and application performance of SSDs at a lower cost.

EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software was designed to deliver a robust, easy-to-deploy solution that can accelerate applications by using STEC or any other vendor's SAS, Fibre Channel, PCIe or SATA SSD as a cache device. As part of the design, EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software minimizes its use of server memory when storing cache metadata, thus reducing the impact of the caching software on server resources. In addition, EnhanceIO provides data center managers with the opportunity to cost-effectively scale an existing enterprise IT infrastructure without incurring the cost of additional hardware.

EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software pricing starts at $295 for Linux and $495 for Windows for a one-year subscription per server installation that includes updates, upgrades and customer support. These products are now available for download from www.stec-inc.com/enhanceio.

About STEC, Inc.

STEC, Inc., The SSD Company™, is a leading global provider of enterprise-class solid-state drive (SSD) technologies and solutions tailored to meet the high-performance, high-reliability, and high-endurance needs of today's data-intensive server and storage platforms. With headquarters in Santa Ana, California, and locations worldwide, STEC leverages almost two decades of solid-state knowledge and experience to design, manufacture and deliver the most comprehensive line of PCIe, SAS, SATA, and embedded SSDs on the market today. In addition, STEC's EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software enables IT managers to cost-effectively scale server application performance. For more information, please visit 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 those statements concerning the open sourcing, customer adoption, sampling and utilization of STEC's EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software; the adoption of STEC's EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software into new applications and markets; the benefits from developing technologies; overall product and solution cost savings; the capabilities and performance of STEC's products and solutions; and the evolving enterprise storage and server 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 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 forward-looking statements are detailed in filings with the U.S. 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 intentions, beliefs or expectations. STEC may change its intentions, beliefs or expectations, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, in STEC's assumptions or otherwise. STEC undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date thereof, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

CONTACT:
Jerry Steach
Public Relations
STEC, Inc.
(415) 222-9996
jsteach@stec-inc.com

Jim Ting
Vice President, Product Marketing
STEC, Inc.
(800) 367-7330 x8922
jting@stec-inc.com

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