July 20, 2010 – IBM completed the acquisition of enterprise system and security management provider BigFix for an undisclosed sum.

The privately held company is expected to accelerate IBM’s smart data center and security initiatives, according to the company release.

With BigFix software, IBM customers will have a single view of up to 500,000 machines running in the data center and access to real-time reporting on compliance and security status, according to the company release. In addition to its contribution to IBM’s security infrastructure, the software can also be used to manage power consumption and automatically configure shutdown.

The company will be incorporated into IBM Software Group and is a critical element for IBM’s automation portfolio, Steve Robinson, general manager, IBM Security Solutions was quoted to say. "IBM is focused on delivering a simplified and automated approach to managing and securing the IT infrastructure."

BigFix software’s integration with IBM software offerings allows IBM’s clients to more easily manage and secure their PCs and laptops, a complex task as the costs and risks associated with security threats continue to grow, Robinson said.

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