IBM is acquiring Swiss company Rembo Technology which specialises in software to allow customers to automatically update their operating systems on many servers, desktops and laptops.
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Rembo’s products allow an IT administrator to install operating systems from a centralised “dashboard” in a few minutes, said Big Blue.
Rembo's security features can also protect workstations used by multiple people in a virtualised environment by automatically "wiping away" operating systems and personal data after each use, and re-installing clean software.
For instance, university students using computer kiosks could inadvertently introduce a computer virus or leave personal information on the hard drive.
With Rembo software, every time a student logs off, the infected software and hard drive is automatically stripped, and the original operating system re-installed.
Rembo has more than 800 customers worldwide from government, education and industry.
Customers include the City of Munich, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Groupe Mutuel Assurances, the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, the International Committee of the Red Cross, PSA Peugeot-Citröen, and the University of Nottingham.
IBM intends integrating Rembo’s operations within its IBM's Tivoli division, and include its technology into IBM’s Virtualisation Engine portfolio of software, hardware and services.
Rembo will be integrated into the IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager and IBM Director software.
The acquisition is expected to be completed this quarter. The value of the buy has not been disclosed.