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Integrated solution to automate datacentre management and lower IT
administration costs




11 October 2001 - Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA), a leading provider of
systems management solutions built for e-business, and Mercury Interactive
Corporation (Nasdaq: MERQ), the world's leading provider of enterprise
testing and application performance management solutions, today announced an
alliance to integrate Marimba's products for change management and Mercury
Interactive's application performance management products. The integrated
solution will allow IT administrators to manage the full lifecycle of
Web-based applications - from automated testing, to initial deployment, to
the monitoring and management of ongoing updates.




As a result of the new alliance, the two companies will participate in joint
sales and marketing activities with Mercury Interactive becoming Marimba's
preferred partner in the area of performance management, and Marimba joining
Mercury Interactive's Open Architecture Programme (OAP).




"By teaming with Mercury Interactive, Marimba can bring a best-of-breed
performance management solution to its customers much more quickly and
economically than by developing it ourselves," said Rich Wyckoff, president
and CEO of Marimba. "This arrangement allows Marimba to focus its efforts
on its core change management products, while providing an integrated
solution that will ultimately help customers automate, update, manage, and
monitor their IT and Web infrastructures."




With the integrated solution, enterprise customers and service providers
will be able to leverage the collective strengths of Marimba's Server
Management product family and Mercury Interactive's TopazTM solution that
measures the end-user experience 24x7, inside and outside the firewall and
in the application, to automate the delivery of code and content to
production servers and to monitor the performance of applications.




Best-of-Breed Management Solutions



As part of the arrangement, Marimba will work closely with Mercury
Interactive through its OAP programme to integrate the two products.
Initial areas of integration will enable Marimba's Server Management module
to notify Topaz of application and content changes. The second area of
integration will allow Topaz to notify Marimba's Server Management to
automatically deploy applications and updates for servers. The integrated
solution will help decrease IT administration costs and increase
availability.




"A natural connection exists between the deployment of application and
content change on a system and the monitoring and availability of those
applications," said Ido Sarig, vice president of APM product marketing at
Mercury Interactive. "The combination of Mercury Interactive's application
performance management products and Marimba's change management products
will allow customers to expedite the performance management and change
management process, and will increase customer satisfaction."




About Mercury Interactive Corporation



Founded in 1989, Mercury Interactive is the leading provider of enterprise
testing and performance management solutions. The company's automated
software and managed services help companies deliver and maintain
high-performance applications. Customers worldwide use Mercury Interactive
solutions across their application and technology infrastructures to
minimise hardware and operational expenses, protect revenue streams and
enhance their competitive positions. Mercury Interactive is headquartered
in Sunnyvale, Calif., with offices in more than 20 countries.


Further
information is available at www.mercuryinteractive.com or by phone at U.S.
+1.408.822.5200.


The company's common stock trades on the Nasdaq National
Market under the symbol MERQ.




About Marimba



Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA)
provides systems management solutions built for e-business. Marimba's
Server Management, Desktop/Mobile Management, and Embedded Management
product families allow Global 2000 companies to better manage their IT
resources, increase operational efficiency and reduce IT 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 information 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 concern, among other
things, the planned integration of certain of the products of Marimba and
Mercury Interactive to create a tightly integrated best-of-breed change
management and application performance management solution; the ability of
such integrated solution to allow IT administrators to manage the full
lifecycle of Web-based applications and to help automate data center
management, decrease IT administration costs, increase availability and
increase customer satisfaction; the participation of both companies in joint
sales calls and marketing activities; and the competitive advantage and
specific technical and performance benefits customers may expect from these
products and integrated solution. Those results are subject to a number of
risks and uncertainties, including the technical challenges specific to the
applicable products and their integration, which could impact whether
customers are able to achieve expected benefits using the Marimba-Mercury
Interactive integrated solution; and other technical, marketing, and
business factors particular to Marimba and Mercury Interactive. 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 filings of Marimba and Mercury Interactive
with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see the Risk
Factors described in each company's most recently filed Annual Report on
Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Neither company assumes any
obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press
release.




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Marimba is a registered trademark of Marimba, Inc. in the U.S. and/or
certain other countries. Topaz is a registered trademark of Mercury
Interactive Corporation. Other product, trademark, company or service names
mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.


Jenny Holt
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