IBM is to acquire BigFix in order to extend its management of security and compliance updates.

BigFix will be integrated into the IBM Software Group, with the deal expected to close in the third quarter of 2010, subject to regulatory approval and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Financial details were not disclosed.

The two companies have been working together since 2009, with IBM's global technology services working to incorporate BigFix solutions into IBM's services portfolio.

According to the company, BigFix software provides a single IT management platform that gives organisations visibility, control and automation across their computing endpoints – laptops, desktops and servers – to manage critical applications for systems lifecycle, vulnerability assessment, energy-efficient computing and configuration and security compliance.

Al Zollar, general manager of IBM Tivoli Software, said: “BigFix automates some of the most time-intensive IT tasks across the most complex global networks, helping save organisations significant amounts of time, labour and expense.

“BigFix's real-time visibility and control for globally distributed computing devices will complement IBM's existing smarter data centre offerings and strengthen our ability to build security into the fabric of the enterprise.”

Dave Robbins, president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of BigFix, said: “Organisations require tighter control of computing devices and the entire IT infrastructure including applications, storage, servers and networks. BigFix is excited about becoming part of the IBM team to deliver greater visibility and control to the computing infrastructure, backed by world-class sales, services, support and alliances organisations.”

BigFix CTO Amrit Williams claimed that ‘given all the blood, sweat, and tears we have poured into BigFix we are extremely excited about this move'.

He said: “IBM and BigFix are a great fit. The product portfolios are very complementary (data centre to the endpoint), the strategy and vision are well-aligned (automated service management and convergence) and the companies respective values and focus will drive greater innovation to the market.”