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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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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
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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. Those results are
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