Marimba Enhances Workflow Automation with Advanced OS Migration Tool

6/17/2003 - Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA), the Software Change Management Company, announced its advanced OS migration solution, a complete package that lets companies reduce the cost and time required to migrate an organization's computer systems to a new operating system.

Marimba's migration solution automates each stage of the migration process, including inventory-based planning and preparation, protection of personal data, and deployment of the operating system. Marimba's software distribution technology then automates the provisioning of user-specific applications and content to each system, providing ongoing management of applications and operating system service packs. The end result is an overall reduction in the cost and complexity of migrations for large, heterogeneous companies.

Marimba's advanced OS migration solution allows administrators to meet migration objectives utilizing a set of new features and capabilities that include:

The Marimba® technology helps eliminate human error, reduces the time and resources required to execute migration projects, and enhances the effectiveness of migrations by prioritizing updates and updating only planned, approved machines.

"Marimba has demonstrated that we can help companies cut the time it takes to plan, execute, and manage migration projects in half, and in some cases, by more than two-thirds," said Kia Behnia, Marimba's chief technology officer. "This becomes increasingly valuable as companies realize that the OS migration process is not a one-time interruption, but rather an ongoing aspect of the software lifecycle that must be managed on a regular basis."

Additional value is recognized by separating images from applications, significantly reducing the number of hardware-based images required to update organizational systems. Marimba's migration solution is tightly integrated with industry standard tools like Symantec Ghost, which Marimba supports and resells, to image a machine and restore its settings and personality for each IT computer system. This process can improve end user productivity and satisfaction by reducing the total number of help desk calls. Marimba's migration solution also supports PowerQuest's DeployCenter. Automating and integrating the migration process with a company's software lifecycle management strategy allows migration to be a repeatable process, rather than a one-time event.

"Everyone understands the productivity and efficiency benefits gained from OS migration projects - but companies today also need to complete their migration efforts with minimal user interruption or down time," said Thom Bailey, global product manager for Symantec Ghost. "Our partnership with Marimba provides a one-stop shop for customers that automates the desktop management, imaging, testing, standardization and software distribution aspects needed to streamline the OS migration process."

Tight integration with Marimba's Desktop/Mobile Management Offerings
Marimba's migration solution is tightly integrated with Marimba Desktop/Mobile Management, used to continually distribute and update applications and content residing on each computer system, providing long-term value beyond the savings from migration automation.

"The benefits of upgrading to the latest Windows operating system extends beyond new feature sets and compatibility issues, to include matters of support, license compliance, and TCO," said James Levesque, systems programmer from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. "Marimba's migration solution automates and simplifies the automation process, which makes it easier for us to ensure that all of our IT assets are not only up-to-date, but at the same level to minimize maintenance and version problems. This automation allows staff to move to any PC and still be in a known supported environment."

Pricing and Availability
Marimba's OS migration solution is available immediately. Pricing is dependent upon configuration and number of users. 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., 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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