News | November 5, 2012

StrongBox® And eMAM Team Up To Empower Digital Asset Management And Data Preservation

Streamlined Media and Entertainment Archiving as a Seamless Step in Workflow

Austin, TX (Marketwire) - Crossroads Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRDS) a global provider of data archive solutions, and Empress Media Asset Management, LLC, a leader in media asset management software, today announced a partnership that offers the media and entertainment industry a powerful joint solution for the management and archival of digital content.

Through the Crossroads-Empress partnership, StrongBox, Crossroads' LTFS NAS archive solution that serves as shared storage for data archive and preservation, now works with eMAM™, Empress' signature software package that provides powerful and flexible Web-based platforms for managing digital assets. Crossroads partnered with Empress due to its proven technology and its extensive market presence within the media and entertainment industry.

StrongBox, the first enterprise-level storage solution to leverage Linear Tape File System (LTFS) technology, allows tape storage to walk and talk like expensive disk-based storage. It's the industry's leading non-proprietary, file-based and fully portable storage solution that offers cost-efficient file archiving across a wide range of industries. By combining StrongBox technology with eMAM, organizations gain maximum content management capabilities, while gaining significant cost savings by utilizing tape-based archives instead of disk. The joint solution provides quick search and proxy preview of content and makes archiving and restoration seamless steps in the production process performed directly from the eMAM Director user interface.

"With the interest we're seeing from media and entertainment organizations surrounding the reliability and cost-savings available through StrongBox, it seemed ideal to partner with an asset management innovator such as Empress," said David Cerf, executive vice president of business and corporate development at Crossroads Systems. "Our joint customers benefit from unmatched storage capabilities and superior management platforms that make content archival a smooth, efficient process in the media and entertainment work flow. Crossroads looks forward to working with Empress to further solve M&E content archive and management challenges with the eMAM-StrongBox solution."

"We are excited about our strategic partnership with Crossroads," said Shaun McTernan, vice president of sales and business development at Empress. "The seamless integration with their Strongbox and eMAM will provide our customers with a complete, scalable enterprise media archive and management solution."

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: www.crossroads.com/products/strongbox.

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 www.crossroads.com.

About eMAM
eMAM is a powerful, flexible and scalable asset management system designed to meet the needs of a wide range of clients. It is available in four product lines. eMAM Online is a hosted software as a service (SaaS) system. eMAM Vault is a full-featured archive management system. eMAM Workgroup is a full asset management system designed to meet the needs of a wide range of customers. eMAM Enterprise is a scaled system designed to meet the redundancy, fail-over and throughput demands of the largest organizations. Visit www.empressmam.com.

About Empress Media Asset Management
Empress Media Asset Management is a technology-leading provider of digital asset management and workflow management systems for broadcast, media, and corporate clients. It is part of the Empress family of companies, which includes Empress Cybernetics System PVT LTD, specializing in customized software and database development and Empress Media Inc, one of the largest distributors of blank recording media and supplies. Visit www.empressmam.com.

Important Cautions Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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.

SOURCE: Crossroads Systems

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