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LinMin Releases Bare Metal Provisioning 6.0, Adding Support for Cloud Architecture and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Deployments

LinMin, maker of award-winning IT automation software LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning, today unveiled LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning Release 6.0 with Cloud, hosting and corporate data center enhancements. Today’s release, which has been in development for nearly a year, also offers improvements in security, platform support and ease of integration with IT applications, including control panels and Cloud orchestrators.

The new release offers several key new features. The optional Windows Provisioning Module enables the deployment of Microsoft® Windows Server 2008 and Windows® 7 systems using the same graphical or programmatic interfaces used to provision all current releases of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE and SLES as well as legacy Windows operating systems. The new online self-help and knowledge base provides customers with unprecedented self-support ability.

LinMin now also offers more streamlined application integration. Release 6.0 boasts an upgraded API, including a new disk imaging interface, enhanced provisioning support, and token and IP-based authentication. LinMin’s API enables Cloud, hosting and corporate data centers to seamlessly add provisioning and imaging support to their existing IT applications, enabling full server provisioning, recovery and cloning automation of the data center. The API also enables Independent Software Vendors and OEMs to augment their offerings with sophisticated provisioning and imaging capabilities.

"Large hosting companies need to implement server provisioning automation as much as possible in order to keep service levels high and costs low,” said David Elbaze, Managing Director, Elb Group Netissime, a leading French hosting company. “We standardized on LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning 6.0 because it takes less than one day to implement, is easy to use, reduces labor costs tremendously and offers high scalability, resulting in very efficient data center operations."

"LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning 6.0 incorporates everything we’ve learned from LinMin production deployments in numerous data centers and IT shops worldwide, including enhancements in performance, platform support, security over public networks, online self-help, rescue system deployment and the provisioning of Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7,” said Laurent Gharda, CEO of LinMin Corp. “Our new Application Programming Interface enables data centers and OEMs to easily add automated provisioning and imaging to any IT application."

Ultimately, LinMin helps create flexibility within the data center. By enabling system administrators to automate server provisioning, scalability is enhanced without increasing cost. Disaster Recovery is also substantially streamlined with LinMin’s snapshot rollback capability. By offering both a browser-based Graphical User Interface (GUI) and an Application Programming Interface (API) so customers can integrate their control panels, cloud orchestrators and other automation tools, LinMin makes server provisioning, rollback and cloning easy.

LinMin is also used to automate PC deployments by remotely installing Windows 7, Windows XP and Linux. PCs can also be backed up and restored, avoiding lengthy OS and application installations should PCs get infected with malware.

Read about all the new features of LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning Release 6.0.


LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning 6.0 for Linux and Windows is available for free trial. Perpetual license pricing starts at $1,199 for up to 100 systems to provision and image (for major versions of Linux and Windows Server 2003/XP) or $1,799 (for major versions of Linux, legacy Windows plus Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7).

Published Tuesday, July 27, 2010 6:31 AM by David Marshall
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