Reduce cost, risk, and complexity of managing servers, desktops, laptops, point-of-sale and other devices. IBM BigFix Lifecycle helps find and fix problems in minutes across all endpoints – fixed, mobile, physical and virtual.

With BigFix Query you can accurately identify and inspect endpoints through a user friendly web interface and simple, intuitive questions. You can learn which policies are enforced and which applications and services are installed; examine files and system configuration settings to help you identify additional security threats.

IBM BigFix Lifecycle can help you:

  • Manage your endpoints regardless of location, connection type or status from a single management server up to 250,000 endpoints
  • Address the full system lifecycle including asset discovery and inventory, software distribution, operating system deployment, patch management, power management and remote desktop control
  • Reduce management complexity and costs by automating patching, remote software deployments, operating system migrations, and re-imaging. Manage power settings and reduce energy costs while avoiding system disruptions
  • Automate clustered server patching to minimize labor costs and ensure that all servers are patched and configured according to security policies
  • Simplify operations and deliver comprehensive visibility and control by managing the configuration of all servers – whether they are distributed or in the data center from a single console

Manage your endpoints

  • Delivers an accurate “single source of truth” for managing hundreds of thousands of endpoints from a single server
  • Provides real-time visibility into endpoints including servers, desktops, laptops, point-of-sale systems, ATMs and self-service kiosks
  • Provides centralized capabilities to help you set up, see and update systems. You can remediate issues with continuous, pervasive configuration management
  • Manages heterogeneous platforms running on physical or virtual machines
  • Manages mobile computers whether they are connected to the network or not

Address the full system lifecycle

  • Asset discovery and inventory features create dynamic situational awareness about changing conditions in the infrastructure. You can run distributed scans on the entire network to identify all IP-addressable devices
  • Software distribution features include policy-based distribution and closed-loop verification. You can manage software distribution for Windows, UNIX, Linux, and Mac OS platforms from a single point of control
  • Operating system deployment includes Windows images to new workstations, notebooks and servers as well as OS migration (e.g. Windows 10) and re-imaging to automate the repair of employee computers
  • Patch management delivers patches to distributed endpoints regardless of their location, connection type or status. The software delivers patches for Windows, UNIX, Linux and Mac OS and for applications from vendors including Adobe, Mozilla, Apple and Java
  • Remote desktop control provides support and control for Windows and Linux desktops, notebooks and servers throughout the distributed environment from a central location. System management and troubleshooting, remote diagnostics and remote desktop capabilities are provided

Reduce management complexity and cost

  • Places an intelligent agent on each endpoint. This single agent performs multiple functions including continuous self-assessment and policy enforcement with minimal impact on system performance
  • Enables remote desktop control to help simplify and streamline help desk calls and problem resolution
  • Scales to hundreds of thousands of endpoints from a single management server
  • Provides a single point of control for advanced software distribution and patch management
  • Allows agents to be configured as a relay between other agents and the console. This relay function allows the use of existing servers or workstations to transfer packages throughout the network, reducing the need for servers
  • Reduces energy costs by providing a centralized management system to turn off/stand-by computers outside of office hours. Includes an “opt-in” policy for users to join the green revolution

Clustered Server Patching (aka Advanced Patching)

  • Clustered OS and Middleware patching capabilities accelerate update cycles, improve success rates and reduces downtime while minimizing security risks
  • The same tooling supports other common sys admin tasks that need to be sequenced. For example server builds, which can include deploying an operating system, applying configuration settings, changing the host name, and restarting the computer

Simplify operations and deliver comprehensive visibility and control

  • Supports near real-time visibility and control of all servers with policy-based management designed to lower costs
  • Provides seamless physical and virtual server management – including clustered server OS patching – from a simple interface