Executive Summary

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2002-07-22 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


: Marimba Migration Module 1.0"> Executive Summary: Marimba Migration Module 1.0

Marimba has taken much of its standard desktop application management technology and loaded it up with reports, scripts and best-practice guidelines to aid IT managers who are preparing for an operating system migration from Windows 9x to XP or 2000 Professional. Marimba pairs well with Symantecs Ghost software, which lays down the new operating system. Marimba then adds the applications based on user or machine log-ins, thereby greatly reducing the number of images a company needs to maintain.

COST ANALYSIS

The greater an organizations experience with Marimba and Ghost, the more attractive the $10,000 module price will be. This is because the special reports and scripts will be readily understood by Marimba pros. Companies with large numbers of specialized desktop configurations will save time and lower deployment costs by automating the provisioning process with Marimba Migration Module.

(+) Consolidates desktop image management; specialized scripts speed distribution and reduce errors.

(-) Requires extensive knowledge of Marimba and Ghost to take full advantage of features and, thus, cost savings.

EVALUATION SHORT LIST
  • Altiris Migration Toolkit
  • Miramar Systems Desktop DNA
  • www.marimba.com


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    Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at csturdevant@eweek.com.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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