SOURCE: Crosswalk, Inc.

June 02, 2005 16:43 ET

Crosswalk, Inc. Earns Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program

WESTMINISTER, CO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 2, 2005 -- Crosswalk, Inc., the first software company to fully understand the storage management needs of the mid-market, today announced it has earned certified status in Microsoft Corp.'s Partner Program recognizing Crosswalk's expertise and total impact in the technology marketplace. As a Certified Partner, Crosswalk has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and proven the ability to meet customer needs. Microsoft Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, that give them a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Crosswalk specifically addresses storage management needs of the mid-market through its Crosswalk Storage Manager Software Suite -- an open, standards-based solution that delivers a simple and powerful way to visualize and manage the entire storage environment with a single tool. The modular architecture enables organizations to improve application performance and boost the efficiency of their storage operations, without the expense of investing in a dedicated storage expert. Crosswalk Storage Planner, a new product in the company's storage management suite, is a plug-in to Microsoft Visio®, a tool that is already used widely for documenting and tracking IT and storage environments. The Crosswalk Storage Planner collects discovered devices and device configuration data from Crosswalk Storage Manager, and then populates templates with all relevant asset and device configuration information.

"Only companies that have demonstrated high levels of customer service, proved their experience and attained advanced certification receive the designation of Microsoft Certified Partner," said Allison Watson, vice president of the Worldwide Partner Sales and Marketing Group at Microsoft. "Today, Microsoft recognizes Crosswalk for its skills and expertise in providing customer satisfaction with Microsoft products and technology."

"We are extremely pleased to have earned certified status in the Microsoft Partner Program. The certified status allows us to clearly promote our expertise and relationship with Microsoft to our customers," said Mark Stratton, vice president of solutions at Crosswalk, Inc. "Earning this certification demonstrates Crosswalk's storage expertise and relationship with Microsoft, allowing us to continue to enhance the offerings that we provide for our customers."

The Microsoft Partner Program was launched in December 2003 and represents Microsoft's ongoing commitment to the success of partners worldwide. The Microsoft Partner Program offers a single, integrated partnering framework that recognizes partner expertise, rewards the total impact that partners have in the technology marketplace, and delivers more value to help partners' businesses be successful.

About Crosswalk, Inc.

Crosswalk unifies storage management and information access across mid-tier storage networks -- providing a dramatically simpler and more powerful way to use and protect information assets in open systems environments. Crosswalk Storage Manager Software Suite is the first software suite to give network administrators in mid-sized companies a simple, powerful, and open way to visualize and manage the entire heterogeneous storage environment. Founded in 2004 by Chairman and CEO Jack McDonnell, Crosswalk has a team that includes veterans from McDATA, Cisco, EMC, Veritas, Sun Microsystems and other leading technology companies. For more information, visit www.crosswalkinc.com.

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