Marimba back in the game

Network World |  Networking

Marimba this week will announce it is revamping its product family and introducing a new Web site performance monitoring product that will let users manage the delivery of their e-commerce applications and transactions.

The first software product in the new suite, the Marimba Web Traffic Monitor, will let users manage the performance and availability of Web-enabled services and applications.

Marimba says the products can feed data to third-party network management tools inside a company's firewall and collect data from Web site performance tools sitting on external servers. The Web Traffic Monitor sits inside a company's firewall in front of load balancers or application and database servers on a dedicated server. There are no agents to deploy, and the software collects and delivers data using SNMP.

Marimba launched in February 1996 and introduced its Castanet desktop management product line in January 1997. The company later released its Timbale server management software in 2000.

Gartner analyst Bill Gassman says the Web Traffic Monitor is a step in the right direction if Marimba hopes to become a systems management player. He says Marimba's management product is a step above a probe-based product such as Network Associates' Sniffer in that it's a second-generation probe that "digs deeper into the data to figure out what's going on." But he says it will take time to see "how good they are at converting data into information and knowledge."

The company also announced it will revamp its Castanet and Timbale product lines, making the core technologies available as mix-and-match modules. The company will also phase out the Castanet and Timbale names.

Web Traffic Monitor is schedule to ship in July, and will cost $25,000.

Marimba: www.marimba.com

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