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Crossroads and Computer Associates Show Dramatic Improvement in Business Productivity Using Serverless Backup.

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AUSTIN, Texas & ISLANDIA, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 30, 2000

Storage Routers Achieve Faster Data Throughput Rates,

Improved Server Efficiency

Crossroads Systems Inc. (Nasdaq:CRDS), the leading developer and manufacturer of storage routers for Storage Area Networks (SANs), today announced it has demonstrated a 50% increase in performance after implementing the ARCserve 2000 Serverless Backup Option from Computer Associates International Inc. (NYSE:CA), the world's leading eBusiness solutions provider.

In test environments, Crossroads' 4250 and 4450 storage routers and ARCserve 2000 with Serverless Backup Option showed significantly faster data throughput rates and improved server efficiency.

"Information Technology (IT) administrators are constantly plagued by long backup intervals that keep servers tied up," said Larry Sanders, president and COO of Crossroads Systems. "Using Copy Manager on our storage routers to move data liberates the servers in the SAN environment to run the mission-critical applications required to keep today's 24x7 businesses online with improved productivity."

Typically, in networks where the server is in the data path, the central processing units (CPUs) dedicate 35-50% of capacity to the backup process. In August, the exact configuration and Windows NT environment were duplicated using serverless backup, total CPU utilization was measured at a mere 3-5% and backup time was reduced by up to 50%. Using this technology reduces traffic congestion within the SAN, provides higher throughput and leverages SAN investments by maximizing server resources and decreasing the backup cycles.

As one of Crossroads' primary OEMs, StorageTek will offer a serverless backup data mover option to their customer base. "Crossroads has established a strong reputation as the interoperability leader with continued dedication to providing tested and verified solutions," said Mike Booth, vice president and general manager of StorageTek's Minnesota research and Development Center. "With the addition of the serverless backup application, StorageTek is confident in providing customers a solution that maximizes existing resources and delivers significantly improved performance."

"It's no secret that a variety of factors -- including data-intensive back-office applications, growing eBusiness activity, and rich Web content -- are forcing companies to manage massive amounts of critical data," said Phil Goodwin, CA brand manager, storage solutions. "Fast performance is essential for coping with these ever-increasing storage and backup requirements, and we're pleased with the key role ARCserve 2000 is playing in delivering that performance to our clients in conjunction with solutions from partners such as Crossroads and StorageTek."

Crossroads 4250 and 4450 storage routers were the first to market with CA's ARCserve 2000 with serverless backup option and are committed to future testing and development of this revolutionary application.

About Crossroads' Storage Routers

Crossroads' family of storage routers provides multi-protocol connectivity to Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks for a wide range of devices, including servers, S/390 mainframes and disk and tape storage systems. Crossroads' solutions deliver exceptional value to both small- and mid-sized companies, as well as large Global 500 enterprises.

About ARCserve 2000 Serveless Backup Option

The ARCServe 2000 Serverless Backup Option, which fully leverages the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Extended SCSI Copy command, enables backups and restores to be performed without utilizing CPU bandwidth. This ensures the high availability and unfettered performance of eBusiness applications even during intensive backup operations -- a vital consideration for systems that support interaction with outside customers, suppliers and other business partners. Additional information about ARCserve is available is at http://www.ca.com/arcserve.

About Crossroads Systems Inc.

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Crossroads Systems (Nasdaq:CRDS) is the leading provider of enterprise data center routing solutions for open system Storage Area Networks including S/390 connections. Crossroads' solutions enable key Internet, Intranet and e-commerce applications. By using Crossroads, customers can more effectively and efficiently store, manage and ensure the integrity and availability of their data in the Internet economy. Crossroads' products are in solutions from ADIC, ATL, Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, McDATA, StorageTek, Unisys, Bell Micro, Cranel, Datalink and Tech Data. Employment opportunities and more information about Crossroads Systems are available at www.crossroads.com or by contacting us at 800/643-7148.

About Computer Associates International Inc.

Computer Associates International Inc. (NYSE:CA) the world's leading business software company, delivers the end-to-end infrastructure to enable eBusiness through innovative technology, services and education. CA has 20,000 employees worldwide and had revenue in excess of $6 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000. For more information, visit www.ca.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are: Crossroads' limited operating history which makes it difficult to accurately predict revenues and budget for expenses for future periods; the extent of Crossroads' future operating losses and negative cash flow; the impact on Crossroads' result on operations due to changes in the Securities and Exchange Commission's accounting standards, including the implementation of SAB 101, with respect to revenue recognition; the dependence of Crossroads' business on the storage area network market which is new and unpredictable; Crossroads' ability to develop new and enhanced products that achieve market acceptance; the continuation of Crossroads' successful relationships with its limited number of OEM customers; Crossroads' ability to retain and recruit key personnel to manage its business successfully; the quarterly fluctuations of Crossroads' operating results; Crossroads' ability to successfully achieve the benefits of the acquisition of Polaris Communications and any subsequent acquisition or strategic relationship; and that Crossroads' stock price could be volatile regardless of Crossroads' actual financial performance and other factors detailed in Crossroads' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on 10-Q.
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