Press Releases

Printer Friendly Version View printer-friendly version
<< Back
Ingram Micro Selects Marimba as Technology Partner for Purchasing Extranet Application

Marimba Teams with Ingram Micro to Take Leadership Role in Delivering New Purchasing Extranet Application to Customers

SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE:IM) , the world's largest wholesale distributor of technology products and services, announced today that it has selected Marimba, Inc. to deploy and maintain Electronic Commerce services to its community of resellers. Using Marimba's Castanet(TM) technology, Ingram Micro will develop a full-featured business-to-business purchasing application. Initially the application, which will be made available to Ingram Micro's North American customers, will include product data relevant to real-time pricing and availability, ordering and order status.

"We are pleased to partner with Marimba in the development of our new purchasing Extranet application," said Dave Carlson, Chief Technology Officer at Ingram Micro. "We chose Marimba because it provides the architecture our customers need for fast application performance and simple, automatic updates."

"Marimba's and Ingram Micro's mutual customers require a standards-based solution that uses network bandwidth efficiently, is easy to implement and use, and provides the security that businesses today demand," said Kim Polese, president and CEO of Marimba, Inc. "Marimba's Castanet meets all of these requirements and provides the secure electronic distribution and management of software over the web."

About Marimba's Castanet

Marimba's Castanet technology enables the distribution, management and updating of applications within enterprises and across the Internet. Using Marimba's Castanet, applications can be personalized and are updated either automatically or on demand. During the update, only the actual bytes that have changed are transmitted and installed, offering extremely efficient use of network bandwidth. Additionally, Castanet software provides IT administrators with a choice of complete centralized or decentralized control of both the software distribution and update processes. Castanet also uniquely delivers a full suite of security functionality, which includes access control, authentication, encryption and code signing on outward-bound software, end user profiles and usage information.

About Ingram Micro

Ingram Micro Inc., headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., is the world's largest wholesale distributor of technology products and services, and a leading provider of assembly and integration services, with 1996 sales of $12 billion. The company operates in 20 countries and distributes more than 36,000 products to more than 100,000 resellers in 120 countries. Ingram Micro can be found on the World Wide Web at

About Marimba

Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Marimba, Inc. is a privately held software company whose mission is to reduce the complexity and cost of doing business by enabling companies to manage, distribute and update network applications and information across devices, platforms and networks automatically, efficiently and securely. Marimba's Castanet technology enables the distribution, management and updating of network applications within enterprises and across the Internet.

Marimba has received funding from a well-respected group of investors including Compaq Computer Corporation, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., PeopleSoft, Inc., Itochu, National Semiconductor Corporation, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell Technology Group and Attractor.

NOTE: Marimba and Castanet are trademarks of Marimba, Inc. Ingram Micro is a trademark used under license by Ingram Micro, Inc.

-0- 11/06/97

Source: Marimba, Inc.

CONTACT: Beth Johnson of Marimba, Inc., 650-463-0177, or; or Kirsten Frosh of Ingram Micro, 714-566-1000, ext. 22727,
or; or Sarah Gore of Thomas Associates, Inc.,
650-596-2700, or, for Marimba

Web site:

Ingram Micro Locations




Global Supply Chain

Technology Solutions - Asia Pacific

Technology Solutions - Europe