Marimba Helps Launch Vendor Neutral DCML Specification

10/15/2003 - Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA), the Software Change Management Company, announced its role as a founding member of the Data Center Markup Language (DCML) Organization. The DCML Organization is a collaborative effort, chartered with driving the DCML specification - the first vendor neutral standard to bring IT system interoperability and utility computing to data centers.

DCML is the first vendor-independent standard that uses a common language for describing disparate hardware and software components within the data center. As a driving force in the DCML Organization, Marimba plans to provide its in-depth expertise in automating the management of complex server environments for large enterprises. Marimba's Server Change Management offerings provide a unified, automated solution that helps customers provision, change, configure, audit and maintain servers.

The effort has gained the support of twenty-five major technology companies, including Opsware, EDS, Computer Associates, BEA Systems, Mercury Interactive, Tibco, Micromuse, Marimba, Akamai Technologies, NetIQ, Tripwire, Inkra Networks, Egenera, ITM Software, AlterPoint, BladeLogic, Blue Titan, Centrata, Configuresoft, Consera, Ejasent, Euclid, Inflow, Racemi and Relicore, and several Fortune 1000 companies.

The lack of standards in today's data center environment has resulted in poor service quality, limited visibility into current data center operations, and higher costs for IT organizations. By joining other industry leaders in the areas of data center automation, systems management, monitoring and metering, and outsourcing, Marimba will spearhead efforts to reduce the complexity and cost associated with managing the various systems within a data center today.

Marimba brings more than seven years of experience for managing large complex systems for Global 2000 customers and system integrators. Since its inception, Marimba has been a proponent of industry standards that enable interoperability. As a member of both the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), Marimba has been committed to participating in standardization efforts and has provided leading software management solutions built on open standards.

"Marimba is excited to join the DCML Organization as a founding member," said Kia Behnia, Marimba's chief technology officer. "We are committed to open standards that enable customers to use best-of-breed management solutions to more effectively manage their systems."

By providing a common language through which all data center application, server, software and hardware components can communicate with one another, DCML will help reduce the cost and time required for data center build-outs, consolidations, migrations and environment replication. DCML will enable enterprises to implement and upgrade management systems more quickly and easily, and also to significantly reduce disaster recovery time by capturing critical configuration information and providing detailed instructions on how to reconstruct the data center environment.

DCML specifications and details of the launch were announced today in a separate press release issued by Governing Members of the DCML Organization. Please visit for more information.

The DCML Organization
The DCML Organization was formed to create an open, freely licensed specification, DCML, and to encourage its broad adoption. Data Center Markup Language (DCML) is the first standard that provides a structured model & encoding to describe, construct, replicate and recover data center environments and elements. DCML is designed to provide a mechanism to enable data center automation, utility computing, and system management solutions to exchange information about the environment to make utility computing a reality. DCML is an extensible data model and corresponding XML schema that describes the physical & logical components in data centers, their relationships and interconnects, how to build and configure those components, and key operational policies & best practices. For more information about joining the DCML Organization, or to learn more about the specification, please visit

About Marimba
Marimba, Inc., the Software Change Management Company, is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. Marimba's Desktop/Mobile Management, Server Change Management, and Embedded Management product families allow Global 2000 companies to better manage their IT resources, increase operational efficiency and reduce IT costs. Additional information is available at

Marimba is a registered trademark of Marimba, Inc. in the U.S. and/or certain other countries.

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