Tivoli Endpoint Manager, Built on BigFix Technology
Smarter, Faster, Endpoint Management!
you manage thousands of endpoints on multiple platforms from the same console?
Do you know exactly what assets you have at all times, understand who, how and
why are people using them? Can you distribute software and fixes to each of
them, maintain control and compliance reports for roaming equipment while at
the same time reduce the amount of energy your endpoints consume?
On February 1st, IBM announced the availability of
the new, IBM Tivoli Endpoint
Manager, for managing and securing physical and virtual endpoints.Built on BigFix technology, Tivoli Endpoint Manager
combines endpoint and security management into a single solution that
enables companies to see and manage virtually all endpoints — servers,
desktops, roaming laptops, and specialized equipment such as point-of-sale
devices, ATMs and self-service kiosks.
Value to Customers: Continuous Visibility and Control for
IT organizations are constantly seeking ways to manage
complexity and reduce costs, while providing services to end users that
increase productivity and business efficiencies.IBM
Tivoli Endpoint Manager, built on BigFix technology, contributes to those
goals – by allowing clients to consolidate previously disparate functions and
processes in endpoint management and security to maximize efficiencies, reduce
risk and costs and provide quality services to end users no matter how
distributed or complex the environment.
Tivoli Endpoint Manager delivers value from the smallest of
companies to the very largest organizations.A single Tivoli Endpoint Manager management server is capable of
managing up to 250,000 endpoints.The
solution can be installed in a matter of hours, and provides customers with a fast
Interested in learning more?
Check out Jim
Resch, IBM Technical Sales Specialist, describe how great IBM Tivoli Endpoint
Manager really is.
And if you want to talk directly to our customers,
visit us at Pulse.
Come see for yourself how companies of all sizes are
leveraging Tivoli Endpoint Manager, built on BigFix technology to achieve unparalleled visibility,
control and automation.
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I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with the BigFix team in the last
few months as they join the IBM family. While discussing his podcast series, Beyond the Perimeter, I took the
opportunity to interview Amrit Williams, CTO of BigFix.
Question: Can you tell us a little bit about BigFix?
Amrit: BigFix is a leading global provider of
high-performance systems and security management software for enterprise
companies. The BigFix unified management platform provides real-time visibility
and control through a single infrastructure, single agent and single console
for systems life cycle management, endpoint protection, security configuration
and vulnerability management.
BigFix is based on a revolutionary architecture that distributes management
intelligence and responsibility directly to the computing devices themselves.
This architecture makes BigFix radically faster, more accurate, scalable, and
more adaptive than traditional management solutions.
BigFix solutions enable customers to securely
manage their global IT infrastructures faster, more accurately, resulting in
improved governance, control, visibility and business agility.
Question: Why did IBM
acquire BigFix? How does it fit into IBM’s product portfolio?
Amrit: IBM and BigFix are a great fit. The
product portfolios are very complementary, the strategy and vision are well
aligned and the companies’ respective values and focus will drive greater
innovation to the market
Product and market
--BigFix offers best
in class endpoint management (PCs, laptops, and distributed servers) that
extends the IBM portfolio, enabling their smarter computing vision from the
data center to endpoints anywhere in the world.
portfolios are very complementary, as demonstrated by the many joint customers
we successfully serve today.
Strategy and vision
--We share a common
vision for delivering automated service
management and security and
operational convergence to our customers worldwide.
--IBM intends to
continue to evolve the rich capabilities of the BigFix platform and to
innovate, integrate, and expand the combined solutions to address a broader set
of market requirements than ever before.
Company values and
--We share similar
ideals and value around integrity and innovation.
--We both have a
workforce that is provisioned and dedicated to solving the problems of the
largest and most sophisticated enterprise environments in the world.
BigFix is part of the Tivoli automation and
service delivery portfolio, but we should all be excited about the
opportunities for BigFix to add value throughout IBM.
Can you explain how BigFix is different from other vendors in the market?
Conventional solutions rely on highly complex servers that
must be in constant communication with numerous endpoint agents, receiving
configuration and state data and transmitting instructions and content. This
resource-intensive, high-overhead approach is not acceptable in today’s highly
distributed, occasionally connected endpoint environment. The BigFix Unified
Management Platform relies on a single intelligent agent that acts autonomously
based on policies distributed asynchronously, wherever endpoints happen to be,
on virtually any network, over virtually any link. When an endpoint drifts out
of compliance with policy, the BigFix agent automatically and immediately
remediates the issue, ensuring continuous compliance—even if the endpoint is
not connected to a corporate network.
The BigFix Unified Management Platform provides 18 IT
management solutions, including security configuration and vulnerability
management, using a single server, console and agent. BigFix is highly
scalable, with a single server managing up to 250,000 endpoints, and works on a
wide variety of platforms including Windows, Mac, UNIX, Linux and virtual
operating systems. Competitive solutions require multiple agents per endpoint,
scores of servers, and incur total costs of ownership orders of magnitude
higher than BigFix.
BigFix also provides what is considered high-performance
systems and security management. These high-performance attributes include:
Blazing Speed: Real-time control to effect
change of thousands of granular computer properties 100 times faster than
Extreme Productivity: Full control of all computing
assets performing the work of multiple administrators using legacy
Pervasive Visibility and Control:Up-to-the-minute visibility of the most granular computer
properties across our entire computing infrastructure
Massive Scalability: A single BigFix server can
manage over 250,000 computing devices - more than 20 times that of
traditional, legacy solutions
Revolutionary Economics:A single infrastructure, single console, single agent architecture
combined with the ability to address multiple domains provides the lowest
TCO in the industry
Question: What benefits can customers
expect from the acquisition?
Amrit: In addition to what has already been mentioned,
customers should expect to see BigFix integrate with a wide set of IBM
solutions. The benefit from a highly integrated set of technologies that enable
an organization to become more efficient, improve productivity and lower costs
will help organizations rationalize disparate technologies through convergence,
consolidation and automation, enabling focus on higher value activities.