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at a crossroads

at the point where a decision must be made We are at a crossroads where we must choose between more talk and plain old hard work.
Usage notes: usually used with the verb be, as in the example
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of crossroads (the place where two roads come together and lead off in different directions)
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be at a crossroads

to be at a stage in your life when you have to make a very important decision or do something that will affect your life a lot She's at a crossroads in her career, and the way she performs in this race could decide her future.
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at the crossroads

Also, at a crossroads. At a point of decision or a critical juncture, as in Because of the proposed merger, the company is standing at the crossroads. This phrase, based on the importance accorded to the intersection of two roads since ancient times, has also been used figuratively just about as long. In the 1500s Erasmus quoted from the Greek Theognis's Elegies (c. 600 b.c.): "I stand at the crossroads."
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Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Crossroads Systems is a leading provider of Business Information Assurance (BIA) solutions.
The words "believe," "expect," "intend," "plan," "project," "will" and similar phrases as they relate to Crossroads are intended to identify such forward-looking statements.
To qualify for the Crossroads BIA Partner Program, prospective partners are asked to complete an application form and demonstrate an extensive breadth of expertise in security or storage.
With headquarters in Austin, Texas, Crossroads Systems is a leading provider of Business Information Assurance (BIA) solutions.
We are proud to welcome Crossroads Systems as the newest member of the Cyber Security Industry Alliance," said Paul Kurtz, executive director of CSIA.
Crossroads enrollment into the CSIA coincides with another advocacy effort to ensure global cyber security, the National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
The latest addition to the Crossroads SurePath(TM) product family, VTS also stands as an integral part of Crossroads' BIA technology solutions.
ITUG Summit 2006 presents Crossroads and TapeLabs with a targeted audience for demonstrating our innovative BIA technologies," said Allan Ignatin, Chief Technology Officer at Crossroads Systems and founder of Tape Laboratories.
Crossroads is expanding its sales model to engage directly with end users via a new channel composed of Value Added Resellers (VARs), System Integrators (SIs) and consulting firms," said Jo McCausland, head of the Crossroads BIA Partner Program.
The Crossroads BIA Partners Program is custom-designed to rapidly deploy new key logical data protection solutions in a fully supported manner and promote offerings through a series of joint channel marketing and sales activities.
In February 2006, Crossroads announced the expansion of its offerings from pure Storage Area Network (SAN) routing products to an entire suite of Business Information Assurance (BIA) solutions.
Crossroads has developed lines of products that provide logical data protection in a simplified, centralized and cost-efficient manner.
Enhanced Management - Status information and management settings are accessed using an intuitive Crossroads Visual Manager (CVM) "point and click" user interface.
Slot Management - Slot usage within and across partitions can be balanced using intuitive Crossroads Visual Manager (CVM) user interface.
The introduction of our NearEdge iSCSI-based solutions provides our customers with a cost-effective mechanism to deploy shared, consolidated storage," said Rob Sims, President and CEO of Crossroads.