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Marimba Releases Timbale Enterprise Solution

Electronic management provider Marimba Inc. Monday rolled out Timbale for server management, a new product from Marimba designed to control content replication across the intranets and extranets.

Offering deployment preview, verify/repair, and near real-time monitoring of the deployment status, the product allows enterprises, application service providers and Web hosts to control how and when applications are activated across Microsoft Windows NT and UNIX server platforms.

Timbale for server management's preview option determines if the server has sufficient capacity to accommodate new content, while the stage option distributes all content to servers without disturbing existing content, so that new content across multiple servers can be activated simultaneously. To aid diagnosis and repair, near real-time status of the deployment can be displayed, while centralized error and audit logs provide complete deployment details. Error conditions can be fixed by either rolling back to previous content, or repaired without additional data transfer if content has been accidentally corrupted.

With its remote administration function, functions can be accessed remotely via a browser interface or with a command-line interface. Access to a command-line interface also provides simple and straightforward integration with all server functions. Additional control options such as e-mail notification, starting, stopping and integrating with server applications, as well as integrating with external load balancing systems can be accessed via pre- and post-processing scripts.

The Timbale product line is built upon the same technology base as Marimba's Castanet product line. Its features include:
  • Bandwidth efficiency through compression, byte-level differencing and bandwidth control
  • Built-in security with encryption and digital certificates
  • Transactional delivery and activation with checkpoint restart, data integrity checks and atomic updates
  • Fault tolerance with error detection, correction and rollback capabilities
  • File and application self-repair
  • Cross-platform transfer between Windows NT and UNIX servers

Jacqueline Ross, vice president of marketing for Marimba (MRBA) said the suite was necessary to keep up with "the explosion in Internet-based commerce," which has led to a great need for "management solutions that can span the complex array of Web servers, application servers and database servers that comprise the back-end infrastructure."

Timbale for Server Management is scheduled to be available in the second quarter of 2000. Marimba Monday also rolled out Timbale's management tool for server-based, thin-client computing environments and its application for Windows terminal services.