IBM buys systems management company BigFix

IBM said that it will buy BigFix, a systems management and automation software company that it has been working with since 2009.

Big Blue hopes to increase its ability to offer businesses more intelligent management and automation of its security and compliance updates. 

BigFix is aimed at managing key functions like security, IT compliance, and energy and resource consumption, which IBM believes will compliment its existing efforts in those areas. 

BigFix allows distribution and management of anti-virus, anti-malware, direwall, and network access control software. It offers real-time reports of compliance status in a single view of all computers connected to the network and allows distribution of software to ensure compliance. BigFix can also be set to automatically configure and shut down computers overnight, saving potentially substantial amounts of power and money.

“BigFix automates some of the most time-intensive IT tasks across the most complex global networks, helping save organizations significant amounts of time, labor, and expense,” said Al Zollar, general manager of IBM Tivoli Software. “BigFix’s real-time visibility and control for globally distributed computing devices will complement IBM’s existing smarter data center offerings and strengthen our ability to build security into the fabric of the enterprise.”

BigFix was established in 1997 and has over 200 employees. It currently has over 700 business customers in a variety of sectors, including the federal, retail, entertainment, healthcare, education, and financial areas. SunTrust Bank uses the software on over 50,000 of its PCs and servers, showing how extensive its usage is. IBM will likely push for more companies to adopt BigFix now that it is under its wing.

The acquisition is expected to complete by the third quarter of this year. Financial details of the takeover were not revealed.