SOURCE: Crossroads Systems

Crossroads Systems

April 17, 2012 08:01 ET

Production Firm Selects Crossroads' StrongBox LTFS NAS Solution for Content Archive

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - Apr 17, 2012) - Crossroads Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRDS), a global provider of data protection solutions and services, today announced that Austin, Texas-based ProductionFor, a video production and post-production company, selected the StrongBox LTFS NAS solution to create a reliable and low-cost archive of its digital files.

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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.

ProductionFor is using StrongBox T1 with the HP MSL2024 tape library and 2 LTO 5 tape drives to archive their video projects. Using Disk Order application in a completely Mac environment, over an NFS mount, ProductionFor archives tiered folders called "projects" in StrongBox for long-term data protection.

Most projects are 200 GB to 1 TB in size and comprise of numerous files. While they are archiving and reading multiple folders at one time, ProductionFor is also successfully utilizing StrongBox's dual copy policy to meet data protection needs. Additionally, they're meeting data management policies, such as data retention and exclusion, and utilizing caching and buffering capabilities, such as configurable read cache, to have faster access to archive data for post-production work.

"At ProductionFor, we deal with anything having to do with production. We acquire the media and manage the entire post-production process, including motion graphics, 3-D animation and color correction," said Chris Blankenship, Partner at ProductionFor. "We have lots of large files and we're always adding things to them -- so we're creating elements that add up to a lot of storage. As new technology emerges, the need for space gets bigger. There is a need for a reliable way to archive all of these files. We've been really pleased with our investment in StrongBox because it allows us to move large amounts of data off of our RAID into an archive system that is always online. The cost of putting all of this data on tape with StrongBox is significantly less than hard drives.

"StrongBox is secure," Blankenship continued. "It's a technology that you know when you go back to it it's going to work. I think there is a misconception that tape is slow. And actually, the way that Crossroads has developed StrongBox, they have employed a tape library to create an efficiency and speed for moving the data around. Even for a small production company, if you're not thinking about how you're going to store and manage your data, you're really not thinking about your clients' needs."

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:

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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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