Well, Dell has bought Quest for roughly $2.4 Billion. Actually, I am pretty excited about this - the deal definitely makes sense for Dell and Quest needed to do "something" to accelerate it's sales and revenue.
You can read the Quest press release here: http://www.quest.com/news-release/dell-to-acquire-quest-software-072012-817737.aspx
From this press release, it appears that the key elements in the deal included Quest's software focus on monitoring and identity management. Some further examples include;
- The Quest One Identity and Access Management solution family adds to Dell’s very strong set of security assets with SonicWALL and Secureworks, creating a comprehensive set of security solutions to address important customer needs.
- Quest’s Performance Monitoring solutions for applications, networks and databases address a rapidly growing need for our customers. Industry analysts have consistently ranked Quest Foglight as a leading application performance monitoring solution. Businesses of all sizes are looking to reduce their IT complexity and automate workloads for their IT departments. Customers worldwide leverage Foglight to continually monitor their IT environments, proactively identifying and remedying performance issues before they become bigger problems.
- Quest’s Windows Server Management solutions complement Dell Services’ rapidly growing application modernization practice with recently acquired Clerity Solutions and Make Technologies.