IBM To Buy BigFix

By Gary Johnson - Jul 1, 2010

IBM announced to the world today that they plan to takeover system management software vendor BigFix. The takeover is expected to be completed by the third quarter, and the terms of the deal have not been revealed so far.

Chris Kanaracus from PCWorld.com is reporting that BigFix has a range of modules that covers areas such as power and patch management, and security configurations. This will bring IBM closer to its rivals in data center automation like BMC, CA Technologies and Hewlett-Packard.

At the moment privately owned BigFix has more than 700 customers and employs around two hundred people. The takeover will see the company absorbed into the IBM’s Software Group. IBM’s Tivoli IT management line is already quite a size but this acquisition could be quite fruitful according to one observer.

Redmonk analyst Michael Coté said “Nowadays, IBM can have surprising holes in its portfolio when it comes to desktop management and automation,”. “While there’s plenty of monitoring, asset management, and so on, Tivoli can always use more of this type of thing, rather than partnering to get it.”

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