Tom Kendra, Vice President and General Manager of Dell's Software Group, said last week that the company has completed its acquisition of IT management software provider Quest Software.
This acquisition is considered as an important move for Dell's software division, he said in a blog, as it will help extend Dell's capabilities in systems management, security and business intelligence software. It will also strengthen the company's ability to bring industry-leading, differentiated, and easy to manage solutions to customers around the globe.
"With Quest, Dell will be able to deliver a broad selection of software solutions that will help simplify and solve our customers’ everyday problems and tackle their most challenging IT needs," he said.
In addition to IT management software, Quest brings with it critical mass and key talent. The company currently has more than 100,000 customers worldwide, 5,000 partners worldwide, 1,500 sales and marketing resources, and 1,300 software engineers. As a relatively young and growing organization, these resources are invaluable to the Dell Software Group, Kendra said.
Dell's Software Group will have access to a broad selection of software solutions that simplify and solve the most common and most challenging IT problems. These include:
Quest’s Performance Monitoring Solutions, combined with existing market-leading capabilities from Dell Boomi, Dell AppAssure and Dell KACE, provide continuous monitoring and management solutions.
Quest One Identity Solutions pair with Dell SonicWALL and Dell SecureWorks to offer comprehensive edge-to-core security solutions.
Quest’s vRanger and NetVault Backup product lines complement Dell AppAssure to simplify data protection by delivering backup and recovery solutions across physical, virtual, application and cloud environments.
Quest helps customers manage their mission critical Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory and SharePoint environments, and Quest’s vFoglight product provides application performance management capabilities for a wide range of business critical applications. Together with Dell’s Wyse desktop virtualization products, and Dell’s SonicWALL next-generation firewalls, Quest can provide Client Systems management products to deliver, secure and manage end user environments.
"The acquisition of Quest is a critical step forward for Dell Software because, with Quest, Dell is better able to provide end-to-end solutions that help our customers simplify their operations, maximize workforce productivity, and deliver results faster," Kendra said. "Quest supports heterogeneous and next-generation virtualized and cloud environments which is complementary to Dell’s design approach to develop solutions that scale with our customers’ needs."
Doug Garn, Vice President of Sales at Quest, reassured customers and partners that there will be no disruption of service, nor will any changes be made to the account teams, billing processes or to Quest’s technical support.
"It has been an amazing experience to be a part of Quest," he said. "I have been with the company since 1998, and watching it grow from a small company into an award-winning player in our markets has been extremely gratifying. I look forward to the next chapter!"
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