Marimba's enhanced server management product family gives enterprise data centres a centralised management solution for server farms and helps to reduce downtime Tuesday 17 July 2001 PDF Print New User Interface, Delegation of Administrative Roles, and Load-Balancer Integration Provides Greater Efficiency and Flexibility Marimba, Inc., a leading provider of systems management solutions built for e-business, today announced an enhanced version of its Server Management product family. The new features and functionality provide large enterprises and service providers with a centralised and automated solution for deploying content and applications to enterprise-wide server environments. Specifically, Marimba has added a new, streamlined user interface (UI), which allows support for multiple administrators sharing administrative tasks, support for the XML-based SOAP interface, and extensible modules that integrate with existing IT infrastructure components. "The increasing demand for 24x7 access has made server management substantially more difficult for IT staff who can no longer count on periods of downtime for system updates," said Neal Goldman, director of Internet Computing Strategies at the Yankee Group, in Boston, MA. "Server management tools, particularly those that can handle orderly upgrades without disruption of service, will see growing demand in the near term." "No company in today's e-business environment can succeed when their servers are down," said Rich Wyckoff, president and CEO of Marimba. "The enhancements to Marimba's Server Management product family give customers greater flexibility and control over their server-based applications and content, while reducing downtime. Our server technologies allow users to easily move thousands of files of content, while maintaining precise control of the delivery mechanism. This functionality is invaluable to enterprises, which require around the clock uptime to stay ahead of the competition." Server Management Extends Support For Greater Server Flexibility Marimba is the first major systems management vendor to ship a product that supports XML-based protocol, SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol). Endorsed by Microsoft Corp., IBM and Ariba Inc., SOAP is rapidly becoming the standard for connecting disparate e-commerce and business systems, and allows for the exchange of data in a decentralised, distributed environment. In today's e-business environment, enterprise management tools need to be able to communicate with current and emerging business systems. A new user interface (UI) has been implemented that makes the tool more flexible. The new UI is designed to support large numbers of servers and multiple administrators by allowing the user to separate, organise, and view necessary pieces. In conjunction with the role-based administration, the UI offers a personal view of the specified functions for each administrator. Marimba's Server Management product family now includes integration with Microsoft's Internet Information Server (IIS) for the distribution, installation, and management of complex server applications running on top of IIS. Currently, these applications are so complex and change so frequently that they typically require manual installation and updating. Marimba's Server Management product family streamlines the delivery, installation, and update process. Organisational Flexibility and Ease of Management In this enhanced release. Marimba's Server Management product family offers users added organisational flexibility and ease of management: * Delegation of administrative roles - Enables large enterprises to delegate administrative roles and responsibilities to different individuals within an IT organisation. Managing operational tasks and server deployments can be determined through integration with existing LDAP or Active Directory user and group information. * Hierarchical folder model - Provides corporations and service providers with the ability to arrange objects (server groups, command groups, deployments) into a folder hierarchy. Hierarchical folders allow corporations to segment their content based upon roles and responsibilities within an IT organisation. In addition, service providers can create and maintain separate customer environments on a single machine, which helps to maximise their computing resources and efficiency. * Client-side controls - Allows administrators to insert conditional control logic into a server deployment. Conditional controls allow a corporation or service provider to build a series of commands that execute based upon real-time data gathered during the deployment. * Reduced Downtime Associated with the Management of Clustered Servers Marimba's new Integration modules provide streamlined integration with existing IT infrastructure components. Marimba's Integration modules help to achieve high server availability by coordinating server maintenance or updates with existing infrastructure elements. * Load Balancer Integration module - Allows IT staff to elegantly notify and remove their servers from the load balancer pool. Once removed from the pool and updated, servers are placed back into the normal rotation - all with little or no impact on end users. This industry-unique capability allows corporations and service providers to increase availability within a clustered server farm. Out-of-the-box, the new Load Balancer Integration module integrates with Nortel Networks Alteon Ace Director Series and F5's Big IP load balancers. * Cache Synchronisation module - Synchronises server application and content updates with cache and edge content devices. The initial module provides support for the CacheFlow device. CacheFlow integration provides customers with an end-to-end content management solution that allows dynamic and changing content to be efficiently and transparently delivered from the application server to distributed caching appliances. Platforms and Availability Marimba's Server Management product family is available now and continues to support Windows NT, Windows 2000, HP, Solaris, Linux, and AIX platforms. For additional information on all of Marimba's products, please contact Marimba sales via phone at 1-888-800-5444, or via email at email@example.com. In a separate press release issued today Marimba also announced, "Marimba Enhances Desktop/Mobile Management Product Family; Helps Reduce Total Cost of Ownership for Enterprise Customers Managing Windows 2000 Environments." 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 http://www.marimba.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements 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 created by these sections. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding: the functionality and benefits expected to be provided by Marimba's new version of its Server Management product family, including providing customers with new features and enhanced functionality (including a streamlined user interface, support for the SOAP interface and extensible modules that integrate with existing IT infrastructure components), increased efficiency, flexibility and control over server-based applications and content, the ability to move thousands of files of content easily, and reduced downtime and costs. Those results are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including: technical challenges customers may face in implementing and deploying the new version of Marimba's Server Management product family, which could limit the benefits expected to be provided by such product family; 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 new 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. 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 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, 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. Marimba is a registered trademark of Marimba, Inc. in the U.S. and/or certain other countries. Other product, trademark, company or service names mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners. 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