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Crosswalk 'Realigns'

Crosswalk, the software company McData founder Jack McDonnell started in 2003, has apparently reached a crossroads.

A source close to the company says it recently cut as many as 15 sales and marketing staff, and is considering scrapping its Crosswalk Storage Manager (CSM) storage management and reporting software and going in another direction.

Crosswalk would not make any executives available to comment, but sent a statement saying, We have realigned to better match the resources of the company. We’re continuing to sell and support CSM.”

The realignment follows months of industry talk that McDonnell was growing impatient waiting for positive sales results. That’s no surprise, considering he funded the company himself by selling more than $6 million in McData stock. In a Byte and Switch interview last August, he said he might eventually look for venture capital, but the Westminster, Colo.,-based company has raised no outside funding yet. (See Jack McDonnell, Chairman & CEO, Crosswalk.)

Crosswalk was able to get its products to market quickly by licensing technology from other companies. (See Crosswalk.)

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