Enterprise Linux Log

Aug 15 2008   2:58PM GMT

LinMin adds key API to its automated provisioning tool

Don Rosenburg Profile: Dkr

LinMin Corp. beefed up automation of its cross-platform bare-metal provisioning tool. The new version 5.2 from the Redwood City, Calif., startup now includes an application programming interface (API) through which a business process can initiate the provisioning of additional servers or desktops. The tool works on physical or virtual servers running Red Hat, Novell, Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora, Asianux and Microsoft Windows.

Steven Brasen, an IT analyst with Enterprise Management Associates in Boulder, Colo., said the new API makes LinMin more useful because it can link directly into interfaces for other functions such as ticketing.

For example, developers could use the new API to trigger provisioning of a new Web hosting machine directly from an invoice, or the provisioning of desktop for a new hire from a payroll system, said LinMin CEO Laurent Gharda.

LinMin’s technology derives from the now-defunct OpenCountry, the technology assets of which LinMin acquired shortly after its launch last March, said Gharda.

OpenCountry’s system management package won “outstanding reviews” and LinMin has taken its best component and created a standalone provisioning solution, Brasen said. Provisioning is typically available only as part of a high-end systems management package such as Tivoli Software or HP OpenView, compared with which LinMin is a “very inexpensive” alternative, he said.

Ultimately, LinMin will probably be acquired by complementary vendors such as Hyperic or by an original equipment manufacturer, Brasen said.

Until then, the new API will help LinMin users eliminate the need for human intervention in provisioning, Gharda said. Some LinMin customers are testing the product in cloud deployments, he added.

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