Quest Software

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Quest Software Inc.
Industry Software
Fate Acquired by Francisco Partners & Elliott Management Corporation
Founded Newport Beach, California, United States (1987 (1987))
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.
Quest Software's corporate headquarters in Aliso Viejo, CA
Quest Software's corporate headquarters in Aliso Viejo, CA

Quest Software is a software company headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California. Founded in 1987, Quest develops and supports software used to simplify IT management.

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 and data-driven insight. The company had technology for virtualization, cloud automation and backup and recovery.

Quest had more than 40 offices in 17 countries[1] with a customer base of more than 100,000.

Quest Software was acquired by Dell in 2012, for $2.36 billion to form the Dell Software division.[2] In June 2016, Dell announced the sale of their software division, including the Quest business, 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 was completed and the company relaunched as Quest Software, known in the marketplace as Quest.[3]


Quest has a strong alliance with Microsoft, but also competes with them in some areas like Identity Management. Quest uses a distributor go to market model through Arrow and TechData. Key partners include Dell, CDW, Insight, SHI and Softchoice.


Quest offers product for database management, data protection, Microsoft platform management, endpoint management and identity and access management. Quest's application management products focus on enterprise resource planning (ERP), Java EE and Microsoft .NET. Quest was a leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring in 2011.[4]

Database management tools include support for MySQL, SQL Server, DB2, Sybase, and Oracle. The company's 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 users.

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


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.[5] 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[6]

2016 – On November 1 2016, the sale of Dell Software to Francisco Partners and Elliott Management was completed and the company relaunched as Quest Software, known in the marketplace as Quest.[7]


  1. ^ "Quest Office Locations", Retrieved June 21, 2011
  2. ^ "Dell to Sell Software Unit to Francisco Partners and Elliott Management". Wall Street Journal. June 20, 2016. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Quest Launches as an Independent Software Company Backed by Francisco Partners and Elliot Management". Quest Community. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  4. ^ "Quest Software Named a Leader in the 2011 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring", Business Wire, Retrieved March 3, 2012.
  5. ^ Tiffany Kary (August 13, 1999). "IPO Update: Quest Software takes off". CNET News. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Dell buying Quest Software for $2.36 billion". USA Today. July 2, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Quest Launches as an Independent Software Company Backed by Francisco Partners and Elliott Management | Business Wire". Retrieved 2016-11-01. 

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