Crossroads Forms Federal Sales Unit, Advisory Board

Crossroads Forms Federal Sales Unit, Advisory Board 
Advisory Board to Assist in Marketing StrongBox Shared Storage
Archive to Public Sector 
AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 12/19/12 --  Crossroads Systems, Inc.
(NASDAQ: CRDS), a global provider of data archive solutions, today
announced the creation of a Crossroads Systems Federal Sales Unit as
aided by a newly formed Federal Business Advisory Board. The unit and
board are tasked with providing mission solutions to help address the
ever-growing data access and archive needs for public sector
StrongBox(R), a shared storage archive, delivers complete data
protection and reliability. It's the first enterprise-level storage
solution to leverage Linear Tape File System (LTFS) technology,
allowing a responsive tape storage system to walk and talk like
expensive disk-based storage. StrongBox specifically addresses three
of the federal government's top data archiving priorities, including  

--  Vendor-Neutrality - The ability to use any libraries and disk without
    concern of becoming locked-in to any one provider
--  Reduced Environmental Impact - Dramatic reductions in power and
    cooling requirements
--  Assured Data Retention - Self-monitoring to ensure long-term, cost
    effective data retention

Crossroads has focused its go-to-market efforts in businesses and
sectors that create large content information that is integral to the
business mission and its operations. Video production, imaging, and
video surveillance solutions have demonstrated workflow solutions
that are ideal to the public sector markets and their mission
Crossroads Systems Federal Business Advisory Board
 Crossroads named
the first two independent members of its new Federal Business
Advisory Board, including: 

--  Jeffrey K. Harris - A consultant for defense and intelligence sectors
    and member of the United States Energy Security Council, Harris
    formerly was a corporate officer at Lockheed Martin, Assistant
    Secretary of the Air Force for Space, and Director of the National
    Reconnaissance Office.
--  John P. Stenbit - A leading consultant for the space, defense, IT and
    security sectors, Stenbit formerly served as Assistant Secretary of
    Defense for Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence and its
    successor organization, Networks and Information Integration. Those
    positions included his role as the Chief Information Officer for the
    Department of Defense.

"The big data movement requires improved reliability, manageability and
cost-effective performance to achieve a workflow-driven, scalable
archive with data access to best enable big data analytic discovery,"
Harris said. "Strongbox technologies can be an important enabler in
an open enterprise."  
"As the requirements for storage of data gathered by the government
continue to increase, new concepts are needed to efficiently keep
those data available for analysis," Stenbit said. "With the budgets
for all of government getting tighter, cost is a demanding condition
of effective solutions for such archiving." 
"Crossroads is pleased to announce the formation of our Federal Sales
Unit and its advisory board," said David Cerf, executive vice
president of corporate and business development at Crossroads
Systems. "I especially wish to thank the members of our new advisory
board, as their knowledge and experience in the public sector will
serve as a great asset as we continue to expand StrongBox's reach
within the federal government. StrongBox offers a game-changing
approach to data archiving, as it significantly reduces data
archiving costs, drastically decreases power consumption, and
provides for data storage that remains reliable for decades. The
formation of this unit reflects Crossroads' belief that the public
sector will highly value StrongBox due to its non-proprietary,
file-based and fully portable shared storage capabilities across the
About StrongBox
 StrongBox is a shared storage solution purpose-built
for data archival and preservation. Using Linear Tape File System
(LTFS) technology and intelligent storage architecture with standard
file systems (CIFS/NFS), StrongBox empowers online, all the time file
availability with uncompromised data protection, full data mobility,
non-proprietary file storage and significant cost-savings. StrongBox
unifies your archive -- past and present -- while providing seamless
scalability and reliability for the future. Visit:  
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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