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White Paper Outlines 80 Percent Savings by Using StrongBox LTFS NAS Solution From Crossroads Systems

(April 16, 2012)

AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 04/16/12 -- Crossroads Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRDS), a global provider of data protection solutions and services, today announced that a white paper published by Brad Johns Consulting, LLC details how the use of Crossroads' StrongBox LTFS NAS solution may reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) by up to 80 percent over a ten-year period.

To view or download the white paper titled, "A New Approach to Lowering the Cost of Storing File Archive Information," visit

Data storage managers are faced with the challenge of managing the explosive growth of data while meeting organizational compliance requirements and service level objectives. The focus of the white paper is the TCO for the storage of unstructured, fixed content data, such as video files, scientific test data, digital medical records and seismic data. The paper endeavors to answer: which is less expensive to acquire and operate; StrongBox with LTO tape storage or an equivalent amount of Unified Storage?

"Clearly, the combination of StrongBox and LTO tape storage presents an exciting new storage alternative for long-term archive data by providing a file system solution that incorporates the economics of tape," the paper concludes. "While there are certainly going to be differences in individual environments, the magnitude of the potential savings is so compelling that organizations that are looking to cost effectively store long-term archive data are going to want to examine this solution in greater detail. StrongBox with tape is a compelling solution that could substantially reduce overall storage operational costs for customers with large and growing archive requirements."

About StrongBox
StrongBox is a non-proprietary, file-based and fully portable storage solution for long-term data retention. The enterprise-level solution is the first to leverage Linear Tape File System (LTFS) technology, combining the unparalleled scalability of tape with the speed and accessibility of disk. StrongBox is the industry's most cost-effective answer to ever-growing data storage requirements, seamlessly scaling for today, while future-proofing for tomorrow.

StrongBox presents itself as a standard NAS target with the ability to mount CIFS/NFS shares. No agents, backup software or application modifications are required, and organizations gain a persistent view for all files on tapes stored in the library. For more information on StrongBox, visit:

About Crossroads Systems
Crossroads Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRDS) is a global provider of data protection solutions and services. Crossroads offers organizations proactive data security, intelligent storage connectivity, high performance, and significant cost savings. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Crossroads holds more than 100 patents granted and pending and has been honored with numerous industry awards for innovation in data protection and storage. Visit

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This press release includes forward-looking statements that relate to the business and future events or future performance of Crossroads Systems, Inc. and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause its actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Words such as, but not limited to, "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "targets," "likely," "will," "would," "could," and similar expressions or phrases identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about Crossroads Systems' ability to implement its business strategy, including the transition from a hardware storage company to a software solutions and services provider, its ability to expand its distribution channels, its ability to maintain or broaden relationships with existing distribution channels and strategic alliances and develop new industry relationships, the performance of third parties in its distribution channels and of its strategic alliances, uncertainties relating to product development and commercialization, the ability to obtain, maintain or protect patent and other proprietary intellectual property rights, technological change in its industry, market acceptance of its products and services, future capital requirements, regulatory actions or delays, competition in general and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from those described herein. Forward-looking statements in this press release are based on management's beliefs and opinions at the time the statements are made. Crossroads Systems does not intend, and undertakes no duty, to update this information to reflect future events or circumstances.

©2012 Crossroads Systems, Inc. Crossroads and Crossroads Systems are registered trademarks of Crossroads Systems, Inc. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All specifications are subject to change without notice.

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