sTec today announced it has expanded its s800 family of Serial Attached Storage (SAS) solid-state drives (SSDs) with the introduction of the industry’s first generally available Micro SAS SSDs. Additionally, sTec announced that the new small-form-factor (1.8-inch) Micro SAS SSDs are available with stringent 256-bit AES-XTS encryption, enabling hardware-level security in cloud computing, data centers and web-based applications, as well as in government and defense environments where data protection is crucial. The new sTec Micro SAS drives are available in 200GB and 400GB capacities and can be found directly from sTec and through its distribution channel.

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“Our new Micro SAS SSDs are ideal for applications that demand a smaller footprint and power usage,” said Zack Mihalis, vice president product marketing and management, sTec. “And through the 256-bit encryption option, our SAS drives can provide the performance, endurance and reliability of sTec solid-state storage with significant data protection, helping counter the vulnerability of the rapidly growing amount of data in cloud, data center and web-based applications.”