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Marimba Inc. is stepping up its efforts to move into the patch-management space with the launch of Version 2 of Marimba Security Patch Management.

The update is built on the company’s Marimba Six architecture and rolls in new features requested by user experience with Version 1.0, company officials said. The new user-driven features include an integrated patch repository that can automatically collect patch information from Microsoft Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. as well as Shavlik Technologies LLC, a small patch-management vendor that collects information about patches and provides it in machine-readable format, including dependencies and meta data associated with a patch.

Marimba Security Patch Management, which automates the collection, staging, approval, preparation and deployment of security patches, works across multiple desktop environments and servers.

The new release also addresses the time-consuming patch testing problem faced by many IT shops with a new patch testing and simulation function.

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