Marimba enhances Desktop/Mobile Management product family; Helps reduce total cost of ownership for enterprise customers managing Windows 2000 environments Tuesday 17 July 2001 PDF Print Support for Active Directory Service and WMI Allows Customers to Centrally Manage Software Deployments and Better Track Assets Marimba, Inc., a leading provider of systems management solutions built for e-business, today announced significant enhancements to its Desktop/Mobile Management product family, allowing enterprises to seamlessly transition to a fully managed Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system environment. Marimba's Desktop/Mobile Management product family helps to reduce the costs associated with managing software on desktops and laptops by automating administrative tasks. New features include extended support for key Windows 2000 technologies such as Active Directory service and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). Ronni Colville, research director at Gartner in Stamford, Connecticut, said, "As companies install and deploy a myriad of complex applications, it's becoming more and more critical to be able to plan for such a deployment. Adding support for the collection of Windows Management Instrumentation data helps provide IT administrators with detailed system information to accurately track hardware and software configurations." This new Marimba release extends the current support for Active Directory service to now allow IT departments to store application subscription policies. WMI data is collected from remote desktops and laptops to provide enterprises with a central, up-to-date view of hardware and software configuration settings. This data is critical for planning a successful Windows 2000 migration. "Our customers are asking that management tools exploit the rich capabilities of Windows environments to provide great management," said David Hamilton, director of product management for management technologies at Microsoft Corp. "We're pleased to see Marimba beginning to support management infrastructure components such as Windows Management Instrumentation and Active Directory to deliver on these customer requests." "We needed to implement a software distribution capability in which we could easily control the delivery of files to a global enterprise where many different valid configurations would be in existence," said Tom Hawley, project manager at Medtronic, Inc. "We wanted to be able to quickly assess the hardware and software configuration of any client. We selected Marimba as a vendor based on the completeness of their product's feature set and their ability to prove to us that it would work. The product has met our needs nicely." Flexible, Policy-Based Control Marimba's enhanced Subscription Management module allows corporations to manage their applications environments by using policies to control the applications that users and machines are entitled to receive. New features and benefits in Marimba's Subscription Management module include: * Extended support for Active Directory integration - Allows corporations to store application subscription data directly in Active Directory and provides a centralised repository for user, group, and application policy information. * Increased flexibility - Fully supports the use of Active Directory or iPlanet as the mechanism for storage of application subscription policies. Corporations can create or store their policies in a centralised location, while taking full advantage of the nine application delivery options that Subscription Manager includes. * Greater control - Allows IT managers to determine installation order of multiple applications, then verify its operation prior to deploying the policy. Granular Inventory Data Collection Marimba's enhanced Inventory Management module now supports the collection of WMI data to augment the hardware and software information already collected by Marimba's Inventory Management module. WMI support provides a standardised list of comprehensive Windows operating system information to IT administrators, with which they may more effectively manage their desktop environments, thereby helping to reduce the cost of ownership. For heterogeneous environments that are not WMI-compliant, the default inventory scan will collect hardware and software configurations across older Windows platforms as well as UNIX and Linux platforms. The enhancements to Marimba's Inventory Management module provide IT departments with more granular information about their hardware and software assets, as well as the status of their application deployments across servers, desktops, and mobile systems. "Marimba is providing systems administrators with better planning and tracking capabilities for desktop and mobile hardware and software configurations," said Rich Wyckoff, president and CEO of Marimba. "By including WMI and Active Directory support, we are lowering the total cost of ownership for customers and providing more effective application rollouts and system upgrades." Availability and Platforms Marimba's Subscription module is available now. Marimba's Inventory module with WMI enhancements will be available in Q3. Marimba's Desktop/Mobile Management product family 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's Enhanced Server Management Product Family Gives Enterprise Datacenters a Centralised Management Solution for Server Farms and Helps to Reduce Downtime." 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 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 enhanced Desktop/Mobile Management product family, including providing customers with new features and enhanced functionality (such as support for Active Directory Service and Windows Management Instrumentation), the ability to seamlessly transition to a fully managed Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system environment, and reduced downtime and costs. 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