Marimba has signed a strategic alliance with IBM subsidiary, Tivoli Systems, which will see the two companies work towards supporting automatic software distribution over the Internet.
The agreement will result in Tivoli selling and marketing Marimba's Castanet Internet push technology suite for sending information across the Internet to individual desktop machines. The two companies claim that by combining Castanet with Tivoli's TME 10 Software Distribution and TME 10 Inventory products, end user companies will be able to distribute software both inside and outside a firewall to Internet connected users.
Through the relationship, Marimba will also work with Tivoli to add Internet support to Tivoli's Application Management Specification (AMS) for building management ifeatures nto application software. AMS is an open interface for creating a set of management objects for any application. It is designed to allows system administrators to perform tasks such as deployment, monitoring, operational control, performance and security. Marimba and Tivoli will extend AMS as part of the alliance, with definitions for managing software components in Internet and intranet applications and supporting the proposed World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Open Software Description (OSD) specification.
The OSD specification provides a data format or vocabulary to describe software components, their versions, their underlying structure and their relationships to other components. Marimba and Microsoft jointly proposed the OSD specification to the W3C last month.
Speaking about the relationship with Tivoli, Kim Polese, president and chief executive officer at Marimba, said: "We look forward to working with Tivoli to offer our customers standards-based solutions that allow them to more easily distribute network applications, information and services beyond the enterprise directly to Internet clients."
Frank Moss, chairman and chief executive officer at Tivoli, added that the agreement would "dramatically" simplify the entire process of management.
"This is a breakthrough in achieving true end-to-end management for our customers," he said.
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