Foresight Financial Group Chooses Crossroads Systems' SPHiNX for
Automated Disaster Recovery
AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 12/04/12 -- Crossroads Systems, Inc.
(NASDAQ: CRDS), a global provider of data archive solutions, today
announced that Foresight Financial Group, Inc. (OTCBB: FGFH) is one
of the latest organizations to deploy SPHiNX to ensure powerful
disaster recovery capabilities in the event of data loss or
corruption. SPHiNX(TM) is a holistic data protection appliance that
meets the specific needs of corporations, remote offices and data
centers and provides highly reliable disaster recovery capabilities
for mid-range server and open system environments.
Headquartered in Northwestern Illinois with assets totaling $891
million, Foresight is a financial holding company with 12 offices in
the Illinois counties of Winnebago and Stephenson. Foresight
continues to hold the largest market share of deposits of any
financial institution operating in Stephenson County. Foresight
centralizes the IT operations for its five community banks that
otherwise wouldn't be able to house the robust infrastructure needed
to maintain sensitive data and comply with FFIEC regulations.
Foresight previously executed its backups via an IBM LTO-4 library
and deployed a replication solution for high availability, but
retrieving data from the physical library was challenging. If data
needed to be recovered, it would require close to an entire day for
recovery, without a 100 percent guarantee. With a 99 percent
virtualized environment and the need for 24/7 availability, Foresight
required a real-time method to access backup data in the case of an
Foresight discovered SPHiNX through its partner, NASI. SPHiNX is a
virtual tape appliance that offers complete disaster recovery (DR)
protection with consolidated backups. For Foresight, SPHiNX
simplified backups via virtual tape and expedited data recovery. The
SPHiNX system seamlessly integrated with Foresight's existing IBMi
environment and did not hinder the real-time Internet banking
"Our Internet banking product is real-time. We couldn't afford any
downtime," said Aaron Patterson, CIO at Foresight. "The smooth
transition to SPHiNX enabled us to enhance our DR infrastructure
t interrupting ongoing processes. SPHiNX was up and running and
ready to go in 30 minutes. If you already have system to system
replication, most people think you wouldn't need SPHiNX for backups.
But the truth is -- you do. If you only use replication, you could
replicate an entire corrupt database and have no way to get back your
original data. SPHiNX has been a big help with our DR site. SPHiNX
can automate the entire backup, send data over the wire, and the
virtual tape at the DR site is ready and can be recovered
"Crossroads is pleased to announce Foresight as one of its latest
customers to deploy SPHiNX," said Glenn Haley, senior product manager
at Crossroads Systems. "The SPHiNX virtual tape appliance meets or
exceeds compliance requirements for financial institutions and
provides faster backup for business-critical data. Seamless
installation into the IBMi environment along with automated
encryption and logging allows organizations such as Foresight to stay
online, remain compliant, and reduce the time and resources devoted
to backups and disaster recovery."
Crossroads SPHiNX is a holistic data protection and
storage appliance that provides highly reliable disaster recovery
capabilities to meet the needs of the entire data center.
Organizations with mid-range server and open system host environments
choose SPHiNX to easily centralize, consolidate and replicate their
data at disaster recovery sites and data centers -- all with the
ability to manage and scale to meet the backup needs from multiple
host systems and OS types. With SPHiNX, organizations report a much
greater sense of security, a significant reduction in expenses,
improved efficiency, better utilization of available resources, and
less tape media usage. Visit www.crossroads.com/Products/SPHiNX.
About Crossroads Systems
Crossroads Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRDS) is
a global provider of data archive solutions. Through the innovative
use of new technologies, Crossroads delivers customer-driven
solutions that enable proactive data security, advanced data
archiving, optimized performance and significant cost-savings.
Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Austin, TX, Crossroads holds
more than 100 patents and has been honored with numerous industry
awards for data archiving, storage and protection. Visit
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