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Large Investment Manager to Rely on Castanet to Distribute, Install and
Manage Software to Over Three Thousand Endpoints

Marimba, Inc., a leading provider of Internet infrastructure management
solutions, today announced that Barclays Global Investors (BGI) is rolling
out Marimba's Castanet product line to over 3,000 endpoints worldwide,
including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, the Netherlands and the
As the world's largest institutional investment manager, Barclays will
on Castanet to streamline the distribution and management of approximately
350 applications to all of their desktop and mobile systems around the

"Castanet meets our need for fast and efficient application deployment and
management," said Tarquin Thomas, applications manager at BGI. "We were
looking for a cost-effective distribution solution to replace a myriad of
commercial solutions and internal processes used around the world to
and manage shrink-wrapped and custom applications. As a result of
we have the ability to improve the effectiveness of our infrastructure,
can now standardise our deployment process globally."

Scalability Across Entire Extended Enterprise
"Marimba's Castanet technology streamlines and simplifies the act of
deploying both core desktop functions and in-house developed
said Jem Day, IT architect at BGI. "The Castanet architecture provides the
necessary scalability and fault tolerance to act as a single solution for
worldwide deployment. This will become especially important as
are made available to clients directly over the Internet."

Castanet adapts readily to complex and ever-changing business environments
by scaling efficiently to service a large number of geographically
end-users through load balancing, caching and synchronisation mechanisms.
These mechanisms make it possible to allow faster, more reliable download
times, while servicing thousands of simultaneous downloads, thus providing
for a high level of scalability, availability and improved quality of

Castanet's Flexible Application Packaging

"Castanet allows us to consolidate a number of different application
distribution solutions and manual processes under a single automated
solution umbrella," said Simon Bullers, Intel architect at BGI. "As we
forward, we see Castanet acting as the cornerstone tool of our Windows
migration project. As we move to an environment of packaging all of our
applications, the packaging options Marimba provides will allow us to
all our situations."

Castanet supports the packaging, delivery and update of custom
written in virtually any language, shrink-wrapped applications, and
applications written for the new Windows Installer technology, commonly
referred to as MSI. This packaging flexibility allows customers to
effectively manage their migration to the Windows 2000 platform.

"Centrally managing distributed application resources cost-effectively is
critical business issue for the financial services industry, as for many
others," said Rich Wyckoff, senior vice president of worldwide marketing
Marimba. "We are pleased that Barclays Global Investors realised that only
Castanet could meet this need. We are confident that this solution will
continue to provide Barclays with the software capabilities needed to
maintain their existing track record of delivering the world's foremost
financial services."

About BGI

BGI is the world's largest institutional manager, and the world's largest
provider of structured investment strategies such as indexing, tactical
asset allocation, and quantitative active strategies. BGI managed more
$830 billion in client assets as of 6/30/00, and over 1,500 funds, which
track over 200 global indexes, for over 1,800 clients in 36 countries
the world. As the creator of the first index strategy 30 years ago, BGI
truly an innovator in investment management, applying science, and
technology to the investment process.

About Marimba's Castanet Product Family

The Castanet product family provides customers with the ability to
update, manage, and repair applications on workstations, PCs, and mobile
endpoints across intranets, extranets and the Internet. Castanet leverages
the Internet to provide corporations with a more effective means of
delivering and managing custom and shrink wrapped applications that are
constantly updated with new features and data.

About Marimba

Marimba is a leading provider of Internet infrastructure management
solutions, enabling companies to leverage the Internet to deliver more
powerful and cost-effective content, applications, and services to their
customers, employees, and business partners. From Timbale for servers, to
Castanet for desktops, and UpdateNow for devices, Marimba provides
management solutions for the full range of Internet computing models.
Marimba's Managed Service Provider (MSP) offerings provides content
delivery, performance monitoring, and reporting services that are accessed
over the Internet and sold on a subscription basis. Marimba is
in Mountain View, California, and can be reached at +44 118 949 7060, or
email at

For more information visit our Web site at

This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning
of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the safe harbors
by these sections. These forward-looking statements include BGI's planned
use of Marimba's Castanet products to streamline the distribution and
management of certain of its software applications throughout the world;
Castanet's continued ability to provide BGI with the software capabilities
needed to maintain its track record for delivering the world's foremost
financial services; certain other technical and performance benefits BGI
expects to achieve with Castanet; and the expectation that BGI will make
Castanet part of its standard infrastructure. Those results are subject to
number of risks and uncertainties, including the remaining time and effort
required to complete BGI's deployment, which could be greater than
technical challenges specific to BGI's implementation, which could impact
whether BGI is able to achieve expected benefits with Marimba's
and other business factors particular to BGI which could impact whether it
continues to use Marimba's technology in the future. Actual results may
differ materially due to these and other factors. The matters discussed in
this press release also involve risks and uncertainties described from
to time in Marimba's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
particular, see the Risk Factors described in Marimba's most recently
Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Marimba
assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking information contained
this press release.

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trademark of Marimba, Inc. in the U.S. and/or certain other countries.
product, trademark, company or service names mentioned herein are the
property of their respective owners.

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