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Barcelona, Spain, (PresseBox) - Europe's adoption and deployment of solid-state drive (SSD) technology shows a shift in enterprise storage - with a few surprises. A survey of 158 attendees at VMworld Europe reveals that SSD technology is widely deployed in data centers and adoption of it will increase in the region over the next year. At the same time, respondents indicated that SSD is no longer regarded as a luxury option, but as essential to enterprise storage, with emphasis placed on increasing IOs per second (IOPS) and improving response times as the key reasons to adopt the technology.

STEC, Inc., a leading global provider of SSD solutions, today released the results of that survey, conducted onsite during the VMworld Europe conference in Barcelona, Spain. Answers from surveyed attendees show that while very few European companies view implementing SSDs as providing a competitive edge, three in four say they are drawn to SSD technology because of a need for higher IOPS and higher response times. These results are similar to those from a recent survey on SSD adoption and deployment conducted at the VMworld conference in the United States.

The VMworld Europe survey revealed:

56% have SSDs deployed in their data centers, with 37% planning to add more to their data centers in the next year Just 1% believe SSDs provide a competitive advantage, while 73% cite higher IOPS and response time as reasons to adopt SSDs 59% identify databases as the application that will generate the most demand for SSDs over the next year

"Throughout Europe, SSD technology is penetrating cloud and data-center environments," said Davide Villa, STEC's vice president of sales, EMEA. "Our VMworld Europe survey results reflect a rapid shift to SSDs as they become central to business-critical storage."

The survey was conducted throughout the first day of VMworld Europe, among a cross-section of attendees whose professions range from end-users to enterprise-system managers to chief information officers. Throughout the conference, STEC will be demonstrating its SSD products at booth, #E713.

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This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, statements concerning the growing necessity, acceptance and adoption of SSD solutions; the capabilities and performance of SSD solutions; the benefits and cost savings from the adoption and utilization of SSDs generally; and the rapidly evolving and growing SSD, 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.

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(TM) 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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