Marimba Six Offers Dynamic Control of Enterprise IT Resources

10/21/2003 - Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA), announced Marimba® Six, a major new release of its management suite for clients and servers, which will further reduce the cost of managing enterprise information technology (IT) assets and resources. Marimba Six provides an infrastructure that gives enterprises dynamic control of their IT resources by automating the delivery, installation, and management of applications, operating systems and patches across their enterprise.

Marimba Six extends Marimba's technology leadership with enhanced policy and on-demand management functionality, improved ease of deployment and usability, and advanced reporting capabilities. This new release builds on Marimba's existing product architecture and will allow enterprises to leverage targeted business solutions such as security patch management, license compliance, inventory management, and OS management. Marimba's integrated management solution will further reduce the total cost of ownership and improve quality of service by helping IT departments efficiently manage dynamic and heterogeneous environments.

What Enterprise Customers are Saying About Marimba Six
"Within 60 days of receiving Marimba's management software, we were able to implement and deploy software to more than 2,300 stores and across our diverse network consisting of thousands of computing devices," said Jeff Tibbitts, IT Technical Lead for Albertsons. "This quick implementation has helped us significantly reduce administration time and resources and, with the Marimba Six release, we look forward to further improving the efficiency of our systems management activities, particularly in the areas of centralized monitoring, automated remote distribution of agents, more granular inventory, and enhanced product interface. These improvements will enable us to spend more time focusing on critical initiatives and less on infrastructure maintenance."

Tibbitts added, "We are using Marimba for proactive software distribution to deploy business applications, patches, security remediation and anti-virus applications, which are all critical to our organization. Marimba is an integral component in Albertsons strategic initiatives across our environment of desktops, laptops, PDAs, and servers."

Luke Labenski, senior technical consultant for CIGNA Systems, said, "Marimba's management software has been in use for more than two years to install, inventory, and update software across our widely dispersed, heterogeneous environment. Our operations staff has been pleased with the high success rate for distributions, which results in fewer visits to the desktop. We look forward to the streamlined administration and comprehensive reporting on policy compliance in Marimba Six to let us know when our business software is updated and ensure that all computers are running needed security patches. These capabilities will allow us to react quicker to virus threats and meet business needs faster than before."

Ron Merlino, SVP Information Technology for AdvancePCS, commented, "Marimba's software management products have allowed us to continually reduce our total cost of ownership for desktops and laptops over the last three years since its deployment. What used to take hours over weekends to deploy new applications to our four remote call centers now takes minutes and is automated. Our workstation support organization has been able to easily and rapidly deploy applications, hotfixes, and updates to 6,170 computer systems across our enterprise. Marimba Six looks promising in providing enhanced capabilities for administration, maintenance, reporting, software usage and patch management that will bolster our strategy for providing proactive solutions to quickly adapt to the dynamic needs of our global operations."

Continuous, Policy-Based Software Management
Enterprises are faced with managing mission-critical changes across distributed IT environments with fewer resources than ever. Deploying applications, patches, and virus updates through traditional management tools across multiple platforms is inefficient, expensive, and prone to human error. Marimba Six will offer flexible management options to address this problem, allowing administrators to use policy-based, on-demand, or self-service methods. Through Marimba Six's policy-based architecture, administrators view a dashboard, which illustrates the state of their environment and will allow them to drill down to diagnostic information and then take immediate, automated corrective actions. With Marimba Six, administrators can proactively manage exceptions to their mandates rather than reacting to problems as they occur. In addition, Marimba has enhanced its Deployment Manager, a workflow orchestration engine, to simplify on-demand deployment across multiple tiers of servers.

"Enterprises are looking to solve their IT complexities with flexible management platforms that span desktops, servers, and mobile devices," said Ronni Colville, Research Director at Gartner, Inc. "Leveraging an integrated management solution that addresses IT needs such as patch management, application deployment, and asset tracking provides enterprise administrators with a needed solution to control their increasingly complex and expanding IT environments."

Rapid Deployment and Ease of Use
Unlike other software management solutions, Marimba Six will be easy to deploy and allow administrators to maintain frequently changing environments. Customers will be able to typically deploy Marimba Six software throughout their enterprise environment in weeks, rather than months commonly found with competitive solutions. Marimba Six's unified installation and administration will let IT departments seamlessly install Marimba software across all major platforms, through a single, centralized Web-based console. Administrators will be able to perform automated and centralized deployment of Marimba components to remote computer systems, giving enterprises greater consistency, verification and control over their IT assets and environments.

Managed Control and Visibility
Marimba's next-generation browser-based reporting tool, Report Center, will provide more than 200 out-of-the-box reports to provide administrators easier access to real-time decision making data with system information across Windows, UNIX, Mac OS, Linux, and hand-held platforms. In addition to these built-in reports, administrators can also build and customize their own reports through an intuitive query-building tool, or through SQL, providing complete flexibility in accessing the data they need. Marimba Six's reports will provide IT departments with detailed information on software, hardware, return on investment (ROI), diagnostics, and inventory data across their enterprise. Report Center also will include the ability to generate graphs or charts, and the scheduling of email reports, allowing administrators to regularly provide users and management with the information they need on an ongoing basis utilizing minimal IT personnel.

Marimba will provide a flexible and agile approach to software change management through a set of solutions, that includes:

"With Marimba Six, we continue to set the standard for policy-based management by helping companies continuously control their IT assets, while simultaneously enabling them to address urgent requirements such as security remediation and license compliance," said Rich Wyckoff, president and CEO of Marimba. "We believe Marimba Six will give customers the most efficient and effective change management solution to address the needs of their increasingly complex and distributed enterprises."

Pricing and Availability
Marimba Six is planned for release later in the fourth quarter of 2003. For additional information on all of Marimba's products, please contact Marimba sales via phone at 1-888-800-5444, or via email at

About Marimba
Marimba, Inc. is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. Marimba's Client Management, Server 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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