March 12, 2008

LinMin™ Introduces LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning 5.0 for Linux® Systems and Virtual Machines

Author: JT Smith

LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning Transforms Generic Servers into Affordable Provisioning and Imaging Appliances for Physical and Virtual Systems
Redwood City, CA ââ¬â March 11, 2008 ââ¬â LinMin, a systems management software provider in stealth mode for the past several months, today announced the availability of its first product, LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning (LBMPââ¢). LBMP can remotely provision (natively install and configure Linux and customer-specified applications) as well as image (snapshot and rollback entire systems for disaster recovery and clone systems for mass deployment) servers, blades, PCs, appliances and virtual machines. LBMP enables systems to be rapidly deployed, repurposed and recovered. LinMin delivered the successful Beta version of the product to customers several weeks ago.

ââ¬ÅI installed LBMP in just a few minutes, and immediately started using it to provision my Linux servers and blades," said Brian McArthur, Regional Director for Advantage Professionals. "LBMP is a great system provisioning and imaging solution that saves me incredible amounts of time while increasing consistency between systems. LBMP paid for itself in less than two weeks.ââ¬Â

ââ¬ÅLinMin ships a commercial grade product at unheard-of prices. This allows corporate and departmental IT organizations, web hosting and SaaS companies, academic and research institutions, system builders, QA labs and open source professionals with very limited budgets to benefit from advanced IT automation solutions,ââ¬Â said Laurent Gharda, CEO and founder of LinMin. ââ¬ÅOne of the old ways of acquiring IT tools was to spend months defining requirements and evaluating products priced from $10,000 to $200,000, make a business case to the CIO and then spend weeks or months implementing the solution. The other way was for experts to assemble open source components and customize them to work in a specific environment with considerable IT development and maintenance costs. Now you can simply buy LBMP with a credit card, expense it and become productive the same day, at a fraction of the cost. ââ¬ËAffordable and simple to useââ¬â¢ are the cornerstone principles for LBMP and future LinMin products.ââ¬Â

Based on proprietary Linux systems management intellectual property acquired by LinMin, LBMP is the enhanced fifth generation of a provisioning solution used by leading companies for several years. Installation and operation have been dramatically simplified. LBMP also supports all of the most popular versions of Linux. A pre-release edition supporting the provisioning of Windowsî Server products for mixed Linux/Windows environments is also included in the current shipping product.

ââ¬ÅLBMP is complementary to existing commercial and open source systems management solutions that perform patch updating, monitoring, asset management and other necessary functions,ââ¬Â added Laurent Gharda. ââ¬ÅWhat has been lacking until now is a low-priced, framework-independent bare metal provisioning solution that co-exists with other systems management tools. LBMP automates the installation and configuration of the operating system, applications and management agents, then passes control of the newly provisioned or re-purposed system to the customerââ¬â¢s existing systems management infrastructure, be it commercially-supplied, open source or entirely manual.ââ¬Â

LBMP is available direct through the Internet for purchase and download at www.linmin.com. This direct, no sales force model enables LinMin to price the product at a fraction of competitive products. An annual subscription to LBMP costs $100 for 10 client systems, $400 for 100 client systems and $750 for 250 clients systems. Perpetual licenses are also available.

About LinMin:
LinMin provides software that transforms a server into a bare metal provisioning and imaging appliance for Linux and Windows servers, blades, PCs, appliances and virtual machines. LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning (LBMP) is the industryââ¬â¢s first truly affordable system provisioning solution that can be implemented by IT organizations of any size with very limited budgets, yet its capabilities match or exceed solutions costing fifty times more. By offering its products for sale over the Internet and without having to fund a direct sales force, LinMin can offer outstanding products at very low prices. Led and staffed by experts in systems management, LinMin is based in Redwood City, CA. More information on LinMin can be found at www.linmin.com.

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