Quest Software

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Quest Software Inc.
Traded as NASDAQ: QSFT (1999-2012)
Industry Software
Fate Acquired by Dell, Inc.
Successor Dell, Inc.
Founded Newport Beach, California, United States (1987 (1987))
Defunct September 28, 2012 (2012-09-28)
Headquarters Aliso Viejo, California, United States
Products TOAD, Windows management tools (Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, Systems Center, SQL Server, etc.), Database Tools (Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, Sybase, MySQL), Application management (Java, .NET, monitoring, etc.), Virtualization (server and desktop), Cloud automation and data protection.
Revenue Increase$857 million[1] USD (2011)
Number of employees
3,900 (Q4 2011)
Slogan Simplicity At Work
Quest Software's corporate headquarters in Aliso Viejo, CA

Quest Software was a software manufacturer headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California. Founded in 1987, Quest developed and supported software used in a variety of industries to simplify IT management. Quest Software was acquired by Dell in 2012, for $2.36 billion.[2]

The company was known for TOAD, a product used by database professionals, in addition to other products for IT development, management, monitoring and protection. It offered both packaged and custom software applications, as well as associated software infrastructure components, such as databases, application servers, operating systems and hypervisors. The company had a reputation for following IT spending trends[citation needed] and investing in technology areas such as virtualization, cloud automation and backup and recovery.

Quest had a worldwide presence, with more than 60 offices in 23 countries[3] with a customer base of more than 100,000. As of December 2011, Quest had 3,900 full-time employees worldwide and annual revenues of $857 million.[1]

In June 2016, Dell announced the sale of their software division, including the Quest business, to Francisco Partners and Elliott Management Corporation.[4]

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Quest offers products for application management, database management, Microsoft Windows management (including Active Directory, Exchange and SharePoint) and Virtualization Management (including desktop virtualization, server virtualization and cloud automation). Quest's application management products focus in the ERP, Java EE and Microsoft .NET market spaces. Quest was recognized as a leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring in 2011.[5]

Database management tools include support for MySQL, SQL Server, DB2, Sybase, and Oracle. The company's well-known TOAD product is also now available for cloud and NoSQL databases.

In the Windows infrastructure management arena, products cater to Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, Microsoft Windows, and System Center users.

The company also offers products to manage virtualized environments, including desktop virtualization, server virtualization and cloud automation tools.

The company divides its products into six solution families:


1987 to 2000[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 – Vinny Smith joined the company, which at the time had 35 employees and $9.5 million in revenue.

1996 – Quest entered the database management market with an Oracle SQL database tuning product;

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

1998 – Doug Garn joined Quest as the vice president of sales. Quest also added offices in Germany and Australia. Smith became CEO.

1999 – On August 13, 1999, Quest Software went public.[6] The company also entered the application change management market by acquiring Stat.

2000 – Quest expanded further into application management by acquiring Foglight, a monitoring product; and continued the global expansion with new offices in France and the Netherlands. At the end of 2000, the company had 1,400 employees and $167 million in revenue.

2000 to present[edit]

2001 – Quest entered the Microsoft management market by acquiring Fastlane Technologies, and broadened its database offerings beyond Oracle with a new product for the IBM DB2 database.

2002 – Quest opened an office in Japan and expanded their application management offerings to custom web applications written in Java with the acquisition of Sitraka.

2003 – Quest officially entered the Microsoft SQL Server market, and IDC named Quest #1 in distributed database management software.

2004 – The company expanded its Microsoft infrastructure management capabilities by acquiring Aelita Software, and won Microsoft's prestigious Global ISV of the Year award for the first time. Gartner also named Quest #1 in Application Management. 2004 also saw Quest expand operations in Asia with new offices in Singapore, Korea and China.

2005 – Doug Garn became president of Quest. The company acquired Imceda Software that year to add SQL Server backup and recovery capabilities, and Vintela for identity management. At the end of 2005, Quest had 2,750 employees worldwide and revenues of $476 million.

2006 – The company entered the Microsoft SharePoint market. Quest acquired ScriptLogic, which provided a solid entry into the small-to-medium-sized business market. Quest also acquired Charonware s.r.o from the Czech Republic, the makers of CASE Studio2, and folded it into the TOAD Data Modeler product. This year also saw Quest ranked #1 by Gartner for application management in North America, and #1 in Database Development and Management by IDC.

2007 – Quest received Microsoft's Global ISV of the Year award for the second time. The company also begin its 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. Quest purchased Vizioncore as an entry into the server virtualization market.

2009 – Alan Fudge becomes vice president of sales, and Quest acquired PacketTrap for network monitoring.

2010 – The company acquired Voelcker to round out their identity management offerings. Quest continued building out its virtualization business and also entered the private cloud automation market by acquiring Surgient. Quest 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 counted approximately 3,500 employees.

2011 – Quest acquired BakBone Software, e-DMZ, RemoteScan, Symlabs,ChangeBASE, VKernel and BiTKOO.

2011 – Vinny Smith became CEO and Chairman, and Doug Garn became Vice Chairman.

2012 – On Friday September 28, 2012, Dell announced that it has completed the acquisition of Quest Software


  1. ^ a b "2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K ", Retrieved March 2, 2012
  2. ^ "Dell buying Quest Software for $2.36 billion". USA Today. July 2, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Quest Office Locations", Retrieved June 21, 2011
  4. ^ "Dell to Sell Software Unit to Francisco Partners and Elliott Management". Wall Street Journal. June 20, 2016. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Quest Software Named a Leader in the 2011 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring", Business Wire, Retrieved March 3, 2012.
  6. ^ Tiffany Kary (August 13, 1999). "IPO Update: Quest Software takes off". CNET News. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 

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