MARIMBA MODULARISES AND SIGNIFICANTLY ENHANCES CASTANET AND TIMBALE PRODUCT Monday 2 April 2001 PDF Print New "Change Management" Product Family Gives Customers Increased Flexibility Marimba Inc., a leading provider of systems management solutions built for e-business, today announced it has modularised its existing Castanet® and Timbale(tm) technologies into three product families: Server Management, Desktop/Mobile Management, and Embedded Management. Marimba also today announced significant new product enhancements that will include additional Windows 2000 integration points, new PDA management support, and increased efficiency and reliability in the delivery of applications and content. "Marimba is reaffirming its commitment to its customers by modularising and enhancing our Castanet and Timbale product lines," said John Olsen, president and chief executive officer of Marimba. "Our new streamlined product lines give our customers the kind of flexibility and versatility they demand to solve their most difficult IT challenges." "Businesses need to speed the time to market for their e-business initiatives while reducing costs by automating management tasks," said Paul Mason, group vice president of infrastructure software at IDC in Framingham, Massachusetts. "Marimba's new product family provides targeted solutions for three areas using the same, consistent underlying technology infrastructure.Neal Goldman, director of Internet computing strategies at The Yankee Group in Boston, Massachusetts, added, "Marimba listened to its customers and realigned and enhanced its products to better fit the way they buy and use Marimba's products. By modularising the change management products, customers can reduce costs associated with downtime and increase efficiency by automating management tasks." Change Management Product Families Based on traditional Castanet and Timbale core technologies, Marimba is providing customers with greater options, greater flexibility and enhanced functionality when utilising a change management product. *Server Management Product Family Based on its server management expertise, Marimba's server management product family is an enterprise-level change management solution that is used by Global 2000 enterprises and service providers, who must efficiently and reliably deliver applications, content, and e-business services to their customers, employees, and business partners. The product family contains server management solutions that enable customers to precisely control how, when, and where content and applications are distributed and activated across heterogeneous platforms running Windows NT, Solaris, and Linux, as well as other UNIX servers, located anywhere in the world. The foundation for Marimba's Server management solution is the Infrastructure module. It is complemented by the Software Distribution, Content Distribution, Inventory Management, and Windows Terminal Server (WTS) modules. The new and enhanced functionalities to this product family, to be delivered in the second quarter of 2001, include: *Extended support for packaging and automated installation of custom and shrink-wrapped web and commerce applications running on top of Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) *Delegation of administrative roles to allow multiple administrators to manage operational tasks and server deployments *Support for SOAP, a lightweight, XML based protocol for exchange of information in a decentralised, distributed environment. The new SOAP interface will allow customers to integrate the Server Management product family more tightly with existing backend systems and web-based management tools. *Integration modules for streamlined integration with existing IT infrastructure components such as load balancers and caching servers/appliances *Added support for the collection of Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) data to provide detailed system information to IT departments for tracking server hardware and software configurations *Desktop and Mobile Management Product Family The desktop and mobile management product family enables enterprises to gain tighter control over desktops, laptops, and mobile systems. This product family provides IT professionals with the ability to deliver, update, manage, and repair applications across intranets, extranets and the Internet. Additionally, it 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. The foundation for Marimba's desktop and mobile management solution is the Infrastructure module. It is complemented by the Software Distribution, Inventory Management, and Subscription Management modules. Marimba products continue to be a leading management solution for Windows 2000 environments, and Marimba plans to enhance its solution to integrate even more tightly with Microsoft desktop and server technologies. In addition to the existing robust functionality that the desktop and mobile management product family provides for Windows 2000 environments, the new features that Marimba plans to provide customers include: *Added support for the collection of Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) data to provide detailed system information to IT departments for tracking desktop and mobile hardware and software configurations. WMI support will be delivered in Q2 of 2001. *Extended support for Active Directory integration and Group Policies to allow corporations to take full advantage of all the information stored within Active Directory and the flexibility of the Subscription module. Active Directory support will be delivered in Q2 of 2001. *PDA management support for the Palm and Windows CE operating systems to allow corporations to purchase and implement an end-to-end solution for managing desktops, laptops, mobile systems and PDAs. PDA management support will be delivered in Q3 of 2001 *Embedded Management Product Family Marimba's embedded management product family provides developers with the necessary tools to create self-updating applications that run on PCs, devices, and appliances. By embedding self-update capabilities into their applications, developers are able to deliver new features and services to customers on an ongoing basis. The foundation for Marimba's embedded management solution is the Infrastructure module. It is complemented by the UpdateNow SDK module and Hosted services. Marimba's Hosted services will allow customers to focus on their application features and functionality rather than the back-end infrastructure by outsourcing their application delivery and update infrastructure. The combination of the UpdateNow SDK and Hosted services will help decrease time to market and increase competitive advantages. Pricing and Availability For further information on pricing and availability, please call +44 118 949 7060 Please see two separate press releases also issued today: "Marimba Brings Internet Expertise to the Systems Management Market; Launches Major New Product Initiatives; Announces New Performance Management Family; Modularises and Enhances Current Product Offerings," and "Marimba Introduces Performance Management Product Family; New Performance Management Software Monitors Performance and Availability of Web-Based Services and Applications." About Marimba Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA) provides systems management solutions built for e-business. From change management to performance management software, Marimba's extensive Internet expertise allows Global 2000 companies to better manage their resources, increase efficiency and reduce costs. For more information, please call +44 118 949 7060, or visit our web site at www.marimba.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the safe harbors created by these sections. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding: the functionality and benefits expected to be provided by Marimba's enhanced, modularised and re-branded Castanet and Timbale products, including providing customers with greater functionality (including Windows 2000 integration point and, new PDA management support), increased efficiency and reliability in the delivery of applications and content, and the flexibility to better manage their resources, increase efficiency and reduce costs; the key role Marimba expects to play in the change management marketplace; and the scheduled general availability of the enhanced functionality of Marimba's Castanet and Timbale products. Those results are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including: technical challenges customers may face in implementing and deploying Marimba's enhanced products, which could limit the benefits expected to be provided by such products; the rapid pace of technological change and other development, marketing and sales challenges faced by Marimba, which could limit the ability of Marimba to make its enhanced products generally available on schedule or with the functionality described; potential increased competition for Marimba in the change management and related markets; and general economic, technological and market conditions, which could affect the level of demand for systems management solutions in general and Marimba's products in particular. Actual results may differ materially due to these and other factors. All of the future product plans described in this press release are at the sole discretion of Marimba and are subject to change and/or cancellation, and in no way should these future product plans be viewed as commitments on Marimba's part. The matters discussed in this press release also involve risks and uncertainties described from time to time in Marimba's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In particular, see the Risk Factors described in Marimba's most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K, as submitted to the SEC and as may be updated or amended with future filings or submissions. Marimba undertakes no obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this press release that may reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release. -ends- Marimba and Castanet are registered trademarks, and Timbale is a trademark, of Marimba, Inc. in the U.S. and/or certain other countries. 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