29 August 2001 - Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA), a leading provider of systems
management solutions built for e-business, today announced that it has been
awarded a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for
elements of the technology used within its software. The patent, U.S. Patent
No. 6,272,536, titled "System and Method for the Distribution of Code and
Data," relates in part to the automatic distribution and updating of
software applications and data over a network.
The inventors are Marimba co-founders Arthur van Hoff, Sami Shaio and
Jonathan Payne. "I am extremely proud of the work done by Arthur, Sami and
Jonathan on this innovation, which ultimately allows our customers to
further benefit from Marimba technology," said Rich Wyckoff, president and
CEO of Marimba.
The patent is for a system and method for distributing software applications
and data to many thousands of clients over a network. The applications are
called "channels," the server is called "transmitter," and the client is
called "tuner." The use of channels is based on subscription. The end-user
needs to subscribe to a channel before it can be executed. When the end-user
subscribes to a channel the associated code and data is downloaded to the
local hard-disk. Once downloaded, the channel can be executed many times
without requiring further network access. Channels can be updated
automatically at regular intervals by the tuner and, as a result, the
end-user is no longer required to manually install software updates.
Instead, these software and data updates are automatically downloaded and
installed in the background. This method of automatic downloading of
updates achieves for the client the same result as the broadcast
distribution of software over a connection-based network, but wherein the
client initiates each update request without requiring any special broadcast
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
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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 concern the ability of
Marimba's customers to further benefit from Marimba technology. Those
results are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including
technical challenges specific to each customer's environment, which could
cause certain customers to require additional assistance in deploying
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described in Marimba's most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and
Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Marimba assumes no obligation to update the
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