Marimba Adds Patch Management

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2004-01-05 Print this article Print

Marimba Six's basic patch management is a good first step in right direction, finds eWEEK Labs.

Marimba Six, the latest hardware and software management suite from Marimba Inc., gains basic Windows patch management and software usage reporting capabilities. The Marimba Six suite, which shipped last month, is priced at $15 per managed device for software usage and $15 per managed device for patch management. In eWEEK Labs tests, Marimba Six enabled us to track useful data, and we could use the monitoring features to corral software licenses, even in large enterprises running multiple operating systems.

However, our tests showed Marimba Sixs new patch management is not yet on a par with the high level of functionality we found in other parts of the product. For one thing, the patch management system is Windows-only. This is a far cry from the rest of the Marimba Six suite, which supports IBMs AIX, Hewlett-Packard Co.s HP-UX, Sun Microsystems Inc.s Solaris, and Red Hat Inc.s Red Hat Linux and other Linux operating systems.

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . 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. 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 analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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