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Quest Software Inc.
Private
Industry Software
Fate Acquired by Francisco Partners & Elliott Management Corporation
Founded Newport Beach, California, United States (1987 (1987))
Founder Vincent C. Smith
Headquarters Aliso Viejo, California, United States
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Doug Garn, Billy Bosworth, Shayne Hidgon, Michael Dell, John Swainson, Jeff Hawn
Products Data Protection, Endpoint Management, Platforms Management, Information Management. Identity and Access Management
Website www.quest.com
Quest Software's corporate headquarters in Aliso Viejo, CA
Quest Software's corporate headquarters in Aliso Viejo, CA

Quest Software, also known as Quest, is a software company headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California with 53 offices in 24 countries. Founded in 1987.

The company is known for Toad, a product used by database professionals, in addition to other offerings for Microsoft Azure cloud management, software as a service, security, workforce mobility, data-driven insight, and backup and recovery.

Quest Software was acquired by Dell in 2012, for $2.36 billion to form Dell Software.[1] On June 2016, Dell announced the sale of their software division, which included the Quest, SonicWall, and One Identity businesses, to Francisco Partners and Elliott Management Corporation.[2] On October 31, 2016, the sale was finalized.

On November 1, 2016, the sale of Dell Software to Francisco Partners and Elliott Management Corporation was completed, and the company re-launched as Quest Software.[3]

History[edit]

Quest Software (QSFT) - 1987 to 2012[edit]

1987 – Quest Software was founded in Newport Beach, California with a line of high availability and middleware products for HP Multi-Programming Executive (MPE).

1995 Vincent C. Smith (also known as Vinny Smith)[4] joined the company, which at the time had 35 employees and $9.5 million in revenue.

1996 Quest Software entered the database management market with an Oracle SQL database tuning product.

1997 Quest Software expanded beyond North America by opening an office in the United Kingdom.

1998 Doug Garn joined Quest Software as the vice president of sales.[5] Quest Software also added offices in Germany and Australia. Smith became CEO.[6] On October of 1998, Quest Software acquired TOAD.[7][8]

1999 On August 13, 1999, Quest Software went public.[9] The company also entered the application change management market by acquiring Stat.[10]

2000 Quest Software acquired Foglight,[11] a monitoring product. Opened new offices in France and the Netherlands. At the end of 2000, the company had 1,400 employees and $167 million in revenue.

2001 - Quest entered the Microsoft management market by acquiring Fastlane Technologies[12] with a new product for the IBM DB2 database.

2002 Quest Software opened an office in Japan, and acquired Sitraka for custom web applications written in Java.[13]

2003 Quest Software entered the Microsoft SQL Server market, and IDC named Quest number one in distributed database management software.

2004 Acquired Aelita Software[14] to gain Microsoft infrastructure management capabilities. Won Microsoft's Global ISV of the Year Award for the first time. Gartner also named Quest number one in application management.[15] In 2004, Quest also opened new offices in Asia, specifically in Singapore, Korea, and China.

2005 Doug Garn became president of Quest Software.[16] The company acquired Imceda Software[17], and Vintela for identity management.[18] At the end of 2005, Quest had 2,750 employees worldwide and revenues of $476 million.[needs update]

2006 The company entered the Microsoft SharePoint market. Quest Software acquired ScriptLogic[19], which provided an entry into the small-to-medium-sized business market. Quest Software also acquired Charonware s.r.o from the Czech Republic, the makers of CASE Studio2, and folded it into the TOAD Data Modeler product.[20] Quest Software was ranked number one by Gartner for application management in North America, and number one in database development and management by IDC.[21]

2007 Quest Software received Microsoft's Global ISV of the Year Award for the second time.[22] The company also began to focus on virtualization by acquiring Provision Networks, a desktop virtualization management company.

2008 Doug Garn became CEO and president, and Vinny Smith became executive chairman.[23] Quest Software purchased Vizioncore as an entry into the server virtualization market.[24] Quest Software also purchased PassGo Technologies.[25]

2009 Alan Fudge becomes vice president of sales[26], and Quest Software acquired PacketTrap for network monitoring.[27]

2010 The company acquired Voelcker to add to their identity management offerings.[28] Quest Software also entered the private cloud automation market by acquiring Surgient.[29] Quest Software was also ranked in the leaders' quadrant by Gartner for application performance monitoring. Revenues were $767 million at the end of 2010, and the company had approximately 3,500 employees.

2011 Quest Software acquired BakBone Software[30], e-DMZ[31], RemoteScan[32], Symlabs[33], ChangeBASE[34], vKernel[35] and BiTKOO[36]. Vinny Smith became CEO and chairman, and Doug Garn became vice chairman.[37]

Dell Software - 2012 to October 2016[edit]

On September 28, 2012, Dell announced it had completed the acquisition of Quest Software.[38]

On March 5, 2012, John Swainson became president of Dell Software.[39] Previously, Swainson was senior advisor to Silver Lake Partners, a global private equity firm. Prior to Silver Lake, he was CEO and director of CA Inc. from early 2005 through 2009. The purpose of forming the new group was to build on Dell’s software capabilities in systems management, security, data protection and workspace management, and provide more competitive server, storage, networking, and end user computing solutions and services.[40]

In 2012, Dell announced the acquisition completion of SonicWALL[41], a network security business, and AppAssure, a security software maker.[42]

Quest - November 2016 to present[edit]

2016 On November 1, 2016, the sale of Dell Software to Francisco Partners and Elliott Management was completed[43], and the company re-launched itself as Quest Software, known in the marketplace as Quest.[44]

2017 On June 1, 2017, One Identity was announced as an independent brand, but still remains part of the Quest family of businesses.[45] One Identity solutions consist of identity governance, access management, and privilege management.

Quest Software outdoor campus area in Aliso Viejo, CA

Company overview[edit]

Quest Software EMEA headquarters in Cork, Ireland

Headquarters and locations[edit]

Quest Software is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California and is a global company. A few key location around the globe are: Columbus, Ohio; Saint-Petersburg, Russia; Cork, Ireland; Zhuhai, China; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

History of Quest brand[edit]

  • 1987-2012: First Quest Software (QSFT) logo
  • 2012-2016: Dell Software logo
  • 2016-present: New Quest Software logo
History of Quest brand 1987 to present

Acquisitions and growth[edit]

The following table includes the listing and the timeline of Quest Software's major acquisitions of other companies since 2000.

Company Acquired Year of Completion of Acquisition Price Company Notes Reference
TOAD Oct 1998 Add productivity software for database developers, DBAs, and analytics [7][8]
Hacienda Foglight Software Jan 2000 $125 Million [46]
Client/Server Software Solutions Apr 2000 [47]
MessageWise May 2000 $12 million Exchange availability [48]
FastLane Technologies Aug 2000 $100 Million Entered the Microsoft management market [49][50]
BB4 Technologies Mar 2002 Big Brother system [51][52]
Sitraka Nov 2002 $54.7 Million Application management offerings to custom web applications written in Java [53][54]
Aelita Software Mar 2004 $115 Million Microsoft infrastructure management capabilities [55][56]
Wingra Technologies Feb 2005 [57][58]
Imceda Software May 2005 $46.5 million SQL Server backup and recovery capabilities [59]
Vintela Jun 2005 $57.4 million identity management [60]
Aftermail Jan 2006 storage management and compliance archiving space [61][62]
Charonware s.r.o. 2006 Purchased From Czech Republic, the makers of CASE Studio2, and folded in into the TOAD Data Modeler product [63]
Magnum Technologies May 2007 [64][65]
ScriptLogic Aug 2007 $90 million Small-to-medium-sized business market specialists [66][67][68]
eXc Software Oct 2007 [69]
Provision Networks Nov 2007 End-to-end application, desktop monitoring, and management [70][71]
Vizioncore Jan 2008 server virtualization market. Now vRanger [72][73][74]
Aknonix Systems Aug 2008 Bring Quest Policy Authority for Unified Communications and Quest Spotlight on Messaging [75][76]
Netpro Sep 2008 $77.7 million Migrate, manage and secure Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server environments [77][78]
PassGo Technologies Jan 2008 Active Directory based identity management strategy to non-Windows systems [79][80]
MonoSphere Jan 2009 Applications, databases, Windows infrastructure, and virtual environments [81][82]
PacketTrap Dec 2009 Network monitoring [83][84]
Voelcker Informatik AG Jul 2010 Identity and access management (IAM) [85]
Surgient Aug 2010 Private cloud automation market [86][87][88][89]
BakBone Software Jan 2011 $55 milion data protection technologies [90][91][92]
e-DMZ Security Feb 2011 Identity and access management (IAM) solutions [93][94]
RemoteScan May 2011 Desktop virtualization [95][96]
Symlabs Jun 2011 Identity and access management (IAM) offering [97][98]
ChangeBASE Oct 2011 Windows application, desktop, mobile and cloud [99][100]
vKernel Nov 2011 Server virtualization market. [101][102]
BiTKOO Dec 2011 [103][104][105]
Blue Folder Feb 2012 Cloud-based service management platform [106][107]
Metalogix Jun 2018 Microsoft platform management, Office 365, SharePoint Integration [108][109]

Key Leaders[edit]

David Doyle - Founder and Director (1987-2003). David was the primary designer and developer during the Quest's first 4 years. His title changed to President some time after partnering with Vinny Smith (probably 1997), and he remained with Quest until March 2003.

Doug Garn – Became the president of Quest Software in 2005, and in 2008, Garn became CEO and president of Quest Software.[110] In June 2013, Alteryx Inc, a computer software company, appointed Garn to board of directors[111].

Billy Bosworth – Became the VP & GM of databases management at Quest Software from June 2005 to May 2011. In May 2011, he became the CEO and founder of Datastax.[112][113]

Shayne Higdon – Became the SVP & GM of virtualization and application performance management at Quest Software from August 2011 to August 2012. Currently, he is the president of performance and analytics at BMC Software.[114]

Vincent C. Smith (also known as Vinny Smith)[4] – Vinny was CEO of Quest from 1997 to 2008, then stepped down for 3 years, taking the role of "Executive Chairman". Vinny resumed his role as CEO of Quest Software in 2011.[115] In 2012, Vinny Smith became the founder of Toba Capital, a venture capital firm headquartered in Newport Beach, CA.[116]

Michael Dell – The chairman, founder and CEO of Dell Technologies.[117] Acquired Quest Software in September 2012.[118] In September 2016, his company acquired the enterprise software and storage company, EMC Corporation.[119]

John Swainson On March 5, 2012, John Swainson became president of Dell Software.[120] Previously, Swainson was senior advisor to Silver Lake Partners, a global private equity firm. Prior to Silver Lake, he was CEO and director of CA Inc., from early 2005 through 2009.[121]

Jeff Hawn CEO of Quest from November 2016 to Present.[122]

Solutions and Services[edit]

Data protection and disaster recovery – Backup and recovery solutions to protect and backup virtual and cloud systems, apps and data.

Unified Endpoint Management – OS provisioning, automated network discovery of software and hardware inventory, asset management, endpoint security and patching, application software distribution and maintenance, and service desk.

Platform Management and migration – Microsoft platform management tasks for Active Directory, Exchange, Skype for Business, Azure AD, and Office 365.

Information Management – Applications to store, modify, and analyze a database and automate routine tasks and standardize database performance monitoring.

Identity and Access Management – For the process to govern identities, manage privileged accounts, and control access.

Awards and Recognitions[edit]

The following table includes the listing and the timeline of awards and recognition that Quest Software received since 2004.

Name of the Award/Recognition Year Won Business Unit/Product Reference
Awards won as QSFT
Microsoft’s Global ISV of the Year Award 2004 Information Management & Platforms Management [123][124]
Best Exchange Product – “Attendees’ Pick” Award – MSD2D.com 2006 Quest Archive Manager [125]
Best Database Development and Administrative Product – “Best of TechEd” competition 2006 Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise [125]
Microsoft’s Prestigious Global ISV of the Year Award 2007 Platforms Management [126]
Windows IT Pro’s Community Choice Awards 2009 Platforms Management [127]
SQL Server Magazine Editor’s Best Awards 2009 Information Management [127]
Windows IT Pro’s Community Choice & Editor’s Best Awards 2011 Information Management & Platforms Management [128][129]
Awards won as Dell Software
Windows IT Pro’s Community Choice Awards 2012 Platforms Management, KACE, Information Management [130]
Windows IT Pro’s SQL Server Pro Editors' Best and Community Choice Awards 2012 Information Management, Platform Management [130]
SC Magazine Awards 2013 Security [131]
Awards won as Quest
People’s Choice STEVIE Awards 2017 Cloud Backup/Storage: Quest Rapid Recovery v6.1 [132][133]
Achievement in Customer Excellence Award – Confirmit ACE Awards 2017 Quest Corporate [134]
Route 66 Award - Impartner Accelerator Award 2017 Quest Corporate [135]
DBTA Reader’s Choice Awards 2017 Information Management [136][137][138]
V3 Technology Awards 2017 Platform Management [139]

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