IBM Updates BigFix Software to Help Clients Improve Security, Compliance Management

The BigFix platform displays all virtual and physical assets -- PCs, laptops, servers, point-of-sale, and virtualized devices -- in one place

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Today, IBM announced updated software that delivers improved security and compliance to thousands of laptops, PCs, and servers, automating some of the most time-intensive IT tasks.

Delivered as a result of IBM's BigFix acquisition completed on July 20, the software provides built-in intelligence that identifies all of a company’s PCs, laptops, servers, point-of-sale, and virtualized devices throughout the enterprise and alerts IT when devices are not in compliance with corporate IT standards and can make the appropriate fixes to up to 500,000 machines in minutes. Organizations can see, change, enforce, and report on security policies and system configurations of all endpoint devices in real time, including those not continuously connected to the corporate network.

The general availability of latest BigFix Unified Management Software Platform includes more than 200 enhancements, including:

  • Improved virtualization management: The new BigFix platform can display all virtual and physical assets in a single view to help locate, manage, and protect virtualized and physical systems.

  • The new role-based interface includes role-specific views so IT staff can view the status of IT assets according to key functional areas (such as endpoint management, security, audit compliance, provisioning or IT operations). This helps optimize workflows and simplify the IT staff’s experience.

Upgrading BigFix deployments to version 8.0 requires no reboots and customers can upgrade as fast as their change control allows. The software can also help expedite clients’ migrations to Windows 7 operating system. To help leverage IBM’s global reach, BigFix software is available today in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and simplified Chinese. BigFix supports more than 70 operating systems including SUSE, HP-UX, OEL, and CentOS, adding to the 70 operating system variants already supported across Windows, Mac, Unix, and Linux.

For more information on the BigFix software, visit; additional information on IBM Security Solutions can be found at