SOURCE: Crosswalk, Inc.

April 13, 2005 10:30 ET

Crosswalk Passes Rigorous Standards Testing by the Storage Networking Industry Association

Crosswalk™ Storage Manager Software Suite Among the First to Meet Stringent SMI-S Specifications

PHOENIX, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 13, 2005 -- Crosswalk, Inc., the storage management software expert, announced today that Crosswalk Storage Manager is among the first storage management software suites to pass an extensive standards evaluation by the Storage Networking Industry Association's Conformance Testing Program (SNIA-CTP). The Storage Management Initiative specification (SMI-S) testing, which took more than a year to design and complete, assessed Crosswalk's standards compliance in the areas of disk storage, connectivity, zoning, and security. The evaluation is part of a broader Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) initiative to establish standards, promote interoperability across the industry and reduce the complexity of multi-vendor storage environments.

As one of the founding members of the SNIA-CTP, Crosswalk closely collaborated with the SNIA and other leading storage networking companies to create a standard interface across all hardware with the common goal of true storage management interoperability. Crosswalk submitted its products for evaluation by the SNIA using the Conformance Testing Program -- a key step to ensuring that all vendors meet the requirements of the specification. The SNIA has identified Crosswalk Storage Manager as one of the only storage management suites to successfully pass the array, switch, fabric and HBA profile SMI-S tests. Crosswalk will be demonstrating its SMI-S compliant technology at Storage Networking World, Booth #4122, April 12-15, at the JW Marriott in Phoenix, Arizona.

The SMIS-S standard marks a true turning point for the storage industry, helping users avoid being locked into a single-vendor environment. Developed and tested by more than a hundred of the industry's top engineers at the SNIA Technology Center, the industry's largest vendor-neutral operation of multi-vendor storage hardware and software, the SMI-S was developed based on specific user feedback and is an evolving specification with rigorous testing procedures that will develop based on the needs of the end-user community.

"For the first time ever, end-users can select standards-based storage management software for the networked storage infrastructure," said Wayne M. Adams, chairman of the SNIA board of directors. "This is a monumental achievement for the industry and end-users as it builds on the 200 plus storage devices with SMI-S currently available in the market. Having SMI-S embedded in both software and hardware will help users simplify their day-to-day storage management and provisioning responsibilities."

"It is of the utmost importance to our business and to how we serve our customers that we participate in, and drive, standards development and testing from start to finish. This is the reason we joined the SNIA-CTP team in the very early stages over a year ago -- investing a significant amount of time and resources to the program in order to help shape the future of the storage industry," said Mark Stratton, vice president of solutions at Crosswalk Inc. "Because Crosswalk Storage Manager meets the SMI-S specifications, we are able to provide customers with a high level of assurance that Crosswalk Storage Manager will consistently manage storage devices without having to worry about interoperability problems that are common in the industry today. Our industry-leading solutions provide customers with a much simpler way to manage their storage environment."

Designed specifically for the mid-market, the Crosswalk Storage Manager Software Suite is an open standards-based solution specifically geared to the mid-market, and delivers a simple and powerful way to visualize and manage the entire storage environment with a single tool. The Crosswalk Storage Manager Software Suite supports Direct Attached Storage (DAS), Storage Area Networks (SAN) and Network Attached Storage (NAS) topologies. The solution provides end-to-end visibility of the entire IT environment through monitoring, reporting and event notification on hosts, applications, storage and network connections. Crosswalk Storage Manager is the only solution of its kind to be completely built on common information model (CIM) standards, taking an integrated approach to storage management by uniting both physical and logical resources from different vendors into a single CIM-based knowledge-base.

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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