SANTA ANA, Calif., July 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- sTec, Inc. (NASDAQ: STEC), a leading global provider of solid-state storage solutions, announced that sTec® EnhanceIO™ SSD Cache Software has been tested and validated by NetApp for integration with NetApp® storage systems in Windows Server environments. EnhanceIO is among the industry's first solid-state drive (SSD)-agnostic caching software. This validation enables customers utilizing NetApp storage systems to have access to proven performance-enhancing caching software for their Data ONTAP® infrastructure. For specific configurations supported, please check NetApp's Interoperability Matrix (IMT). "Our compatible server caching partners are part of an ecosystem of tested and validated solutions that help to enhance the performance and predictability of mission-critical applications," said Tim Russell, vice president, Data Lifecycle Ecosystem Group, NetApp. "Partner solutions, such as sTec's EnhanceIO software for Windows Server, can extend the benefits of virtual storage tiering to the enterprise server level, improving application responsiveness and increasing overall system throughput." "sTec's unwavering goal of accelerating applications in data centers and cloud-computing systems demands alignment of our enterprise-class solid-state storage solutions with those of fellow industry leaders such as NetApp," said Zack Mihalis, vice president of product marketing and management, sTec. "Achieving validation for EnhanceIO helps assure that those applications realize maximum reliability, performance and efficiency in NetApp environments." EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software is designed to help users easily create, configure and analyze existing storage environments with cost-effective scalability. It provides non-disruptive, fast and consistent caching that greatly improves application performance while reducing latency with improved data integrity. The software includes many features that can all be accessed via a graphical user or command-line interface that also displays additional statistics and analytics to deliver increased productivity. EnhanceIO is ideal for database, "big data" and virtualization applications, where the software provides nonintrusive performance enhancement by fluidly integrating into existing storage infrastructures and increasing input/output (I/O) levels.