IBM buys BigFix for data centre patching

Big Blue patched

IBM is to further bulk out its profitable software division with the acquisition of privately-held patching company, BigFix.

The total size of the acquisition has not been made public officially, but Bloomberg quoted an un-named source as stating it to be around $US400 million (£268 million) for the 200-person, 700 customer company.

IBM being IBM the motivation for the buy is automated mass patching from the data centre for a wide range of business devices. IBM has had a relationship with BigFix since 2009 when it started integrating the patching into its own services.

The software will sit with IBM's current data centre services and software where it will, according to the official release,"identify which devices are not in compliance with corporate IT policies and recommend security fixes and timely software updates to 500,000 machines in a matter of minutes."

Until getting close to IBM, BigFix expended some effort in trying to find a model that could battle declining margins in standalone patching. Price was an initial ploy, taking on rivals Shavlik and Lumension Security (formerly PatchLink). Certainly, the future of enterprise patching is as an integrated service within a wider suite of security applications. Companies selling patching on its own are becoming rarer.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Configuration / maintenancesecurityIBMhardware systemsData Centre

Struggling for Christmas presents this year? Check out our Christmas Gift Guide for some top tech suggestions and more.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John E Dunn

Techworld

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?