New Integration with Symantec Delivers Best-of-Breed Windows Migration Solution
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., - June 11, 2002 - Marimba, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRBA), the Software Change-Management Company, today announced the Marimba Migration module, which is an add-on to MarimbaÂ’s leading Desktop/Mobile Management offerings. The new module is designed to reduce the administrative effort and costs associated with Microsoft Windows migrations. As part of this offering, Marimba announced tighter integration with SymantecÂ’s leading GhostÂ™ Enterprise Corporate Edition tool to provide enterprises with a best-of-breed Windows migration solution, and a reseller arrangement for the Ghost Enterprise Corporate Edition tool with a Symantec authorized reseller.
MarimbaÂ’s Migration module combines the core expertise of the respective companies to speed the entire migration process while reducing associated costs. Marimba helps companies embrace and extend Windows management technologies such as Active Directory and Windows Installer (MSI) to automate repetitive management tasks, and reduce administrative costs associated with software deployment. Symantec helps companies reduce efforts associated with migrating operating systems (OS) while concurrently sustaining user-specific settings to the next-generation OS.
MarimbaÂ’s integrated solution differentiates itself from other migration lifecycle offerings in the areas of planning, OS migration, application provisioning, and ongoing management.
Â“Large enterprises still have millions of desktop PCs and laptops running Windows 9x or NTW4 and all these eventually need to be updated or replaced with Windows 2000 or XP,Â” said Michael Silver, vice president and research director at Gartner, Inc. Â“Migration will become an ongoing process as Microsoft has clearly defined its OS roadmap moving forward. Enterprises must find solutions to help automate the entire migration and ongoing management lifecycle.Â”
Â“As customers migrate to Windows 2000 and XP, they are looking for enhanced productivity and operational efficiency,Â” said Thom Bailey, global product manager for Symantec Ghost. Â“With this partnership, we can provide IT departments with the tools required to automate the migration process. We are excited to be working closely with Marimba in order to allow our customers to benefit from our combined solutions.Â”
Â“Just-in-TimeÂ” Provisioning Helps Minimize Image Management The combined power of MarimbaÂ’s policy-based management and SymantecÂ’s Ghost imaging technology helps IT departments minimize the number of images that they need to create, deploy and manage. Once a gold or base image is created, MarimbaÂ’s policy-based management capabilities can automatically deliver configuration changes, and provision applications to individuals or groups of both users and machines stored within Active Directory or other LDAP-enabled directories. This Â“Just-in-timeÂ” provisioning capability accelerates the migration process and helps reduce the number of images managed along with the associated costs.
Â“MarimbaÂ’s new Migration module provides IT departments with tools and best-practices to automate the migration process,Â” said Martha Young, research director at Enterprise Management Associates. Â“With OS and application migration an ongoing challenge, weÂ’re very encouraged to see Marimba leading the way with innovative solutions that help companies of all sizes build and implement efficient, repeatable processes.Â”
Features new to the Marimba Migration module include:
* Planning capabilities that leverage MarimbaÂ’s Inventory
Management offerings to determine which machines need hardware upgrades, what applications need to be tested, converted or replaced.
* Migration capabilities that leverage SymantecÂ’s Ghost to control user settings and target systems for imaging. This technology reduces administrative costs by helping to minimize the number of images that an IT department needs to manage.
* Â“Just-in-TimeÂ” application provisioning that leverages
MarimbaÂ’s Active Directory-based policy management to automatically deliver current and new software to targeted end-points.
* Ongoing management of new Windows 2000 and XP operating environments including scheduled updates, repair and removal of applications, OS service pack deployment, and inventory collection/compliance reporting.
* Disaster recovery capabilities for replacing operating systems and applications on new or repaired hardware with little user intervention, returning effected users to a working state in minutes instead of hours, or days.
Â“An industry-wide migration to Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP is well underway, as companies seek to leverage XPÂ’s advances in speed, reliability and functionality,Â” said Kia Behnia, MarimbaÂ’s vice president of marketing. Â“The Marimba Migration module combines the core expertise of Marimba and Symantec to make it easier for companies to automate the process of OS migration, application provisioning, and ongoing management.Â”
Pricing and Availability
MarimbaÂ’s Migration module is available immediately. Pricing is dependent upon configuration and number of users.
Marimba, Inc., the Software Change-Management Company, is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. MarimbaÂ’s Desktop/Mobile Management, Server Management, and Embedded Management product families allow Global 2000 companies to better manage their IT resources, increase operational efficiency and reduce IT costs. Additional information is available on the Internet at www.marimba.com.