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Crosswalk Walks Off the Lot

It's the end of the road for storage grid specialist Crosswalk, which has closed its doors after struggling to make its mark as a file system vendor.

With the firm's Website no longer up and running, Byte and Switch called Crosswalk yesterday to find out what was going on. A recorded message explained that "as of July 18th, Crosswalk has ceased all operations," confirming recent speculation that the vendor's number was up.

At time of writing, Crosswalk had not responded to a number of messages from Byte and Switch, including one left on the voicemail of CEO Jack McDonnell, who founded Crosswalk in 2004, a couple of years after leaving another firm he'd headed and founded -- McData.

While the reasons for Crosswalk's demise remain mysterious (for now), trouble was apparent. The grid vendor lost two other co-founders, Mark Stratton and Rob Kelley, late last year, amidst rumors that the former McData execs were pushed out by McDonnell. (See Startups Roll Heads, Reorganize.)

At the time, the vendor's reps said the execs' departure was a result of the company's switch in focus from resource management software to storage systems. (See Crosswalk Flips to File Side, Crosswalk 'Realigns', and Crosswalk Intros NAS Bundle.)

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