STEC, Demartek Unveil Test Results Demonstrating STEC(TM) PCI Express Solid-State Storage Solution's Performance Boost in SQL Servers

STEC s1120 PCIe Accelerator, EnhanceIO(TM) SSD Cache Software Deliver Significant Improvements in Database Transactions, Bandwidth, Latency


SANTA ANA, Calif. and AVARDA, Colo., March 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STEC, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC), a leading global provider of solid-state storage solutions, and Demartek, LLC, a leader in lab validation testing of server, network, storage, and security technologies, today announced evaluation results confirming that STEC's solid-state storage solutions deliver significantly enhanced performance for managing large volumes of data transactions. Conducted by Demartek, the test examined the STEC™ s1120 PCIe Accelerator in a primary storage configuration, as well as in a caching environment in combination with STEC's EnhanceIO™ SSD Cache Software. In both configurations, STEC far exceeded traditional SAN performance.

Demartek, deployed a real database on Microsoft SQL Server running an on-line transaction processing (OLTP) workload. The test modeled a brokerage firm with customers who generate transactions related to trades, account inquiries and market research. In turn, the hypothetical brokerage firm interacts with financial markets to execute orders on behalf of the customers and updates relevant account information.

Key findings in Demartek's testing and analysis of the STEC s1120 SSD and EnhanceIO software include:

  • For primary storage configurations, using the s1120, it was determined that:
    -- Database transactions per second were up to 16 times higher than a similarly configured HDD storage environment
    -- Bandwidth was up to 7.5 times higher than the HDD solution
    -- Latency was 100 times lower than in an HDD system
  • For caching configurations, using the s1120 and EnhanceIO Caching software, it was determined that:
    -- Database transactions per second were up to 8 times higher than with HDDs

"We recommend that enterprises consider the STEC s1120 PCIe Accelerator and EnhanceIO SSD Cache software for any application that needs significantly improved performance," said Dennis Martin, founder and president, Demartek. "The STEC s1120 PCIe Accelerator provides significant performance advantages when it comes to database transactions per second, bandwidth and latency results."

"Benchmarking our products in real-world environments is essential to assuring they'll perform optimally in high-performance enterprise environments," said Zack Mihalis, vice president of product management and marketing, STEC. "This third-party validation ensures that those involved in developing storage architectures understand what they can expect with our SSDs and software, in terms of performance, latency and bandwidth."

Variety of Materials Covering Demartek Tests Available

-- Demartek's comprehensive lab evaluation of the s1120 and EnhanceIO is available for download.

-- An overview on the test is available on video.

-- A webcast discussing the Demartek testing is available on TechTarget

About STEC, Inc.

STEC, Inc. is a leading global provider of enterprise-class, solid-state storage solutions designed for the ever-growing performance, reliability and endurance requirements of today's advanced data centers. The industry's first company to deploy solid-state drives (SSDs) into large-scale enterprise environments, STEC offers the industry's widest range of solid-state storage solutions, which protect critical information for major business and government organizations worldwide. Headquartered in Santa Ana, California, STEC also serves the embedded and military/aerospace markets with SSDs for industrial and rugged environments. For more information, visit www.stec-inc.com.

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About Demartek

Demartek provides real-world, hands-on research & analysis by focusing on industry analysis and lab validation testing of server, network, storage and security technologies, for the small and medium business (SMB) environment and the large enterprise. Demartek conducts research and lab testing resulting in white papers and product comparison reports. Demartek focuses on industry analysis and lab validation testing of server, network, storage and security technologies.

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 those statements concerning the benefits, capabilities, performance, and cost savings of STEC's s1120 PCIe Accelerator and EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software; the performance of STEC's s1120 PCIe Accelerator and EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software running the Microsoft SQL Server platform; adoption and utilization of STEC's solid-state technology 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 most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, its subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and its subsequent Current Reports on Form 8-K, which are available on the Investor Relations section of STEC's website at www.stec-inc.com. 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, from STEC's assumptions and otherwise. Except as required by law, 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
         Director, Public Relations
         STEC, Inc.
         (415) 222-9996
         jsteach@stec-inc.com
         
         Dennis Martin
         Founder, President
         Demartek, LLC
         (303) 940-7575
         dennis@demartek.com

STEC, Inc.