Marimba Helps Circuit City Centralizes Computing Environments

11/12/2003 - Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA) announced that Circuit City Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CC) has selected Marimba's Client Management and Server Management products to address its in-store software change management activities.

Circuit City has been using Marimba's solutions at its corporate facilities since April 2002 to streamline the management of desktop and laptop systems. Marimba's products allow Circuit City to further consolidate the management of corporate and retail computing environments to reduce the total cost of ownership and administrative overhead required to support disparate systems.

Circuit City is one of the nation's leading consumer electronics retailers, producing approximately $10 billion in annual sales. The company's retail stores, service centers and distribution outlets are located in 45 states, and feature a mix of applications, operating systems and networks. Circuit City cited scalability, commercial grade automation, and ease of use as key factors for standardizing on Marimba's software change management platform.

"We needed a flexible, reliable method for managing software changes affecting both servers and clients supporting our in-store systems," said David Nelms, assistant vice president of store systems for Circuit City. "We evaluated a number of potential solutions, including the option of creating the capabilities internally, and determined that Marimba provided the best-of-breed technology and best overall value for our investment. Our prior experience with its desktop management products gives us confidence in our decision to significantly expand our deployment of Marimba's solutions."

Automated and Centralized Change Management
Marimba's software change management offerings create a centralized process for distributing applications and content across a network of servers. Marimba's inventory scanning and near real-time reporting capabilities allow a network administrator to accurately track software and hardware configurations regardless of the desktop, laptop or server's location. In addition, implementing targeted deployments and operating in a lights out environment with Marimba's solutions help to minimize the impact on desktop users and reduce server downtime related to software and content updates. As a result, an IT organization can gain greater control during all planning, preparation and execution phases.

"For a company of Circuit City's size, centralized management of its corporate and retail computing systems is a perfect fit with our offerings, because of our products ability to scale," said Rich Wyckoff, president and CEO of Marimba. "Our core technology plays well to Circuit City's dynamic organization, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with the retail leader as its software change management needs evolve over time."

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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