Marimba is revamping its Castanet software line so it can manage both Java and non-Java based applications, as well as manage them securely.
Marimba's Castanet UpdateNow can be used across the Internet or corporate networks to manage, distribute, and update new and existing applications written in Java and other languages, including C, C++, and Microsoft's Visual Basic.
The Castanet UpdateNow client application lets IS managers centrally control or, if managers prefer, allow users to configure how they want to automatically manage software updates. On the server side, Marimba is offering Castanet UpdateNow Transmitter as an extension to the Castanet Transmitter. Marimba is also making available an UpdateNow SDK (software developers kit).
Marimba also announced Castanet Guardian, which can be used to encrypt Transmitter-Tuner communications and enables certificate authentication and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) for Transmitters. Guardian can also restrict an application's read/write capability to the application's directory.
Castanet UpdateNow will be available in the middle of this month, and Castanet Guardian will be released next month. Castanet Transmitter pricing starts at US$995, but specific pricing for Guardian and UpdateNow was not immediately available.
Marimba, in Palo Alto, California, can be reached on the Web at http://www.marimba.com/.