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At VMworld: Nearly Two-Thirds of Survey Respondents Have SSDs Deployed, Plan to Add More Within a Year
Only Five Percent Cite Competitive Edge as a Compelling Reason to Adopt SSDs

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 28, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VMworld – A survey of 136 attendees at VMworld 2012 confirms that solid-state drive (SSD) adoption will increase at a rapid pace over the next year, while SSDs are no longer seen as luxury items to provide a competitive advantage. SSD technology is now seen as a must-have, with survey respondents focusing on higher IOs per second (IOPS) and faster response times as the key reasons to adopt the technology.

STEC, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC), a leading global provider of solid-state drive (SSD) solutions, today released the results of that survey, conducted onsite during the VMworld 2012 global conference for virtualization and cloud computing. According to those survey results, few companies see implementing SSDs as a means of developing a competitive edge.

The survey revealed:

  • 62% have SSDs deployed in their data centers
  • 63% plan to add more SSDs within one year
  • Just 5% believe SSDs provide a competitive advantage, while 60% cite higher IOPS and faster response time
  • 56% say that less than 50% of their business-critical applications are supported by SSDs

"These survey results reflect the belief that next-generation applications across industries require enterprise SSDs with consistent, real-world performance so that companies can achieve higher IOPS and faster response times," said Jim Ting, vice president of product marketing, STEC. "This supports what we hear from customers about the benefits of STEC's solutions for enterprise storage."

The survey was conducted throughout the first day of VMworld 2012, among a cross-section of attendees whose professions range from end-users to enterprise-system managers to chief information officers. VMworld is regarded as the industry's largest virtualization-specific event.

For the duration of VMworld in San Francisco, STEC is demonstrating its wide range of SSD products at the company's booth, #2113. For interviews with STEC executives, call Paul Doherty, Voce Communications, at (510) 552-5909.

About STEC, Inc.

STEC, Inc. 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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STEC, the STEC logo and EnhanceIO are either registered trademarks or trademarks of STEC, Inc. in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks or brand names referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

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 the growing acceptance and adoption of SSDs; the capabilities and performance of STEC's products and solutions; the benefits and cost savings from the adoption and utilization of SSDs generally; and the rapidly evolving and growing 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 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 which 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. Special attention is directed to the portions of those documents entitled "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations." 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.

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

STEC, Inc.

STEC, Inc.
"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.