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PBS Station Deploys Crossroads StrongBox for Cost-Effective, Energy-Efficient Video Archive
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AUSTIN, Texas, May 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Crossroads Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRDS), a global provider of data protection solutions, today announced that WXEL-TV, an affiliate of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), has deployed the Crossroads StrongBox® data protection appliance for long-term preservation of its video content. WXEL-TV is the second PBS affiliated station to turn to Crossroads for a video archive solution.

The West Palm Beach, Florida-based station offers its Palm Beach and Treasure Coast viewers high definition (HD) content. The increasing use of HD technology requires more and more storage capacity as video content is created and produced. Previously relying solely on high-performance disk storage, the station's engineers were facing ever-growing costs and complexity in the rapidly expanding storage environment.

The station chose StrongBox to quickly address its scalability and budget challenges related to video preservation. WXEL-TV was able to deploy StrongBox instead of spinning disk for more than 100 terabytes of content, gaining the benefits of:

  • Significantly reduced total cost of ownership
  • An always-online file system
  • Long-term protection of all video content
  • Simple, low-cost archiving that fit within the existing environment
  • A "green" approach that reduced dependence on spinning disk

"StrongBox acts like a hard drive, but provides the cost savings and protection of tape – and that's what makes it so simple for the station to use," said Kevin Howie, director of engineering at WXEL-TV. "It was an easy decision to deploy StrongBox. Not only does it reduce our energy consumption, but it offers us the scalability, accessibility and automation that we need for our content. We used to face the daunting scenario of being forced to delete programs in order to make room for up to one terabyte of new video each day. With StrongBox, that's a problem we will never face again."

"The StrongBox appliance continues to receive praise from the media and entertainment industry for its low TCO and easy management of fast-growing video archives," said David Cerf, executive vice president of strategy and business development at Crossroads Systems. "We're pleased to provide organizations such as WXEL-TV with archive technology that interfaces with their primary storage and cost-effectively addresses the scalability needed in a broadcast environment."

About StrongBox
StrongBox is a network attached storage (NAS) appliance that is purpose-built to lower the costs of long-term storage and protection for unstructured, fixed content. By pairing a flexible, policy-driven disk cache with Linear Tape File System (LTFS) technology, StrongBox empowers organizations to control storage costs without sacrificing data availability. Visit

WXEL-TV, the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast area's public media organization in Florida, signed on the air in 1982. We are affiliated with PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service. WXEL-TV airs shows serving the educational, cultural and entertainment needs of the community with acclaimed national and local programming. We believe our content and services offer everyone, from every walk of life, opportunities to explore new worlds & new ideas and broaden personal horizons, especially in ways that might otherwise not be possible. Visit

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 has been awarded more than 100 patents and has been honored with numerous industry awards for data archiving, storage and protection. Visit

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