News release

Date: 1st June 2012

PoINT and Crossroads announced their technology partnership

PoINT Storage Manager, by which a tiered storage architecture can be implemented, now supports the hybrid storage solution StrongBox of Crossroads in the archive tier.

PoINT Software & Systems GmbH and Crossroads Systems GmbH announced their technology partnership. The software solution PoINT Storage Manager, by which a tiered storage architecture can be implemented, now supports also the hybrid storage solution StrongBox of Crossroads in the archive tier. Thus inactive data, which does not have to be accessed permanently, can be migrated by policies from the expensive primary storage to the StrongBox. At anytime the data can be accessed through the performance tier. PoINT Software & Systems plans furthermore to support the StrongBox also within the capacity tier.

PoINT Storage Manager is a software solution realizing a tiered storage architecture by a policy-based data management with automated and transparent file migration and migration between different tiers. Therefore inactive data - which are generally up to 80% of the total data volume – are migrated according to policies from the expensive primary storage within the performance tier to the cost-effective secondary storage within the capacity respectively archive tier. Though PoINT Storage Manager now also supports the StrongBox within the archive tier and in future also within the capacity tier. As hybrid storage solution the StrongBox combines the advantages of disk storage with the effective linear tape file system (LTFS) tape storage for a reliable and cost-effective long-term archiving of data in a tiered storage environment. The data stored in the StrongBox is protected against modifications from the view of the primary storage (WORM mode). Special authentication and encryption functions of PoINT Storage Manager protect the data from unauthorized access. PoINT Storage Manager provides a transparent access within the file system of the primary storage to the data archived in the StrongBox. The archive storage migration is carried out background and thus does not affect the performance of the IT environment. Furthermore no application changes are necessary.

About Crossroads
Crossroads Systems, Inc. is a global provider of solutions and services that ensure stored data is proactively protected and reliably recovered. Crossroads offers organizations powerful data protection, proactive data security, secure long-term data storage and intelligent storage connectivity.

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.

Following the success of our solutions in the US market, Crossroads continues to expand sales activities in Europe. Our European headquarters are located in Germany which directly manages the sale and distribution of Crossroads solutions throughout Europe. The European team has many years of experience and excellent skills in the storage and backup environment and is constantly working to build up strong relationships both to established partners and resellers in the IT market and to end customers.

About PoINT
PoINT Software & Systems GmbH is specialized in the development of software products and systems solutions for storage and management of data using all available mass storage technologies like hard disks, magnetic tapes and optical media. Close collaboration with leading hardware manufacturers enables an early support of innovative storage technologies. Besides these complete solutions PoINT also offers its know-how as Toolkits, which can be easily integrated in other applications by the programming interface. Furthermore PoINT projects entire storage solutions and provides consultancy with our long-term and versatile experience.
PoINT products are distributed by 50 partners in more than 25 countries world-wide and have been installed successfully in more than 2 million installations. PoINT customers range from end users expecting a compact and secure solution to large corporations, which comply with our solutions their complex demands by providing the necessary reliability and perfection.

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