Quest Software

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Quest Software Inc
FoundedNewport Beach, California, United States (1987 (1987))
FounderDavid M. Doyle
FateAcquired by Francisco Partners & Elliott Management Corporation
United States
Area served
Key people
Doug Garn, Billy Bosworth, Shayne Hidgon, Michael Dell, Vinny Smith, John Swainson, Jeff Hawn, Patrick Nichols
ProductsData Protection, Unified Endpoint Management, Platforms Management, Information Management, Identity and Access Management

Quest Software, also known as Quest, is a privately held software company headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, United States. Quest provides cloud management, software as a service, security, workforce mobility, and backup & recovery. The company was founded in 1987 and has 53 offices in 24 countries.


Quest Software was founded in 1987 in Newport Beach, California, with a line of products for HP Multi-Programming Executive (MPE). In 1995, Vinny Smith[1] joined the company. The following year, Quest entered the database management market with an Oracle SQL database tuning product.[citation needed] In 1997, Quest opened an office in the United Kingdom.[citation needed]

Doug Garn joined Quest as the Vice President of Sales in 1998.[2] That same year, Quest added offices in Germany and Australia, and Smith became CEO.[2] In October, Quest acquired TOAD.[3][4]

On August 13, 1999, Quest Software went public.[citation needed]

In 2002, a Quest office opened in Japan. The next year, Quest opened new offices in Asia, specifically in Singapore, Korea, and China.[citation needed] In 2004, Gartner named Quest number one in application management.[5] Doug Garn became President of Quest Software in 2005.[6]

Doug Garn became CEO and President, and Vinny Smith became Executive Chairman of Quest in 2008.[7] In 2009, Alan Fudge became vice president of sales.[8] In 2011, Vinny Smith became CEO and Chairman, and Doug Garn became Vice Chairman.[9]

On September 28, 2012, Dell announced it had completed the acquisition of Quest Software.[10]

In 2016, Quest Software acquired ScriptLogic,[11] and Charonware s.r.o from the Czech Republic. Charonware made CASE Studio2, and after being acquired, Quest folded it into the TOAD Data Modeler product.[12]

On November 1, 2016, Francisco Partners and Elliott Management completed the purchase of Dell Software,[13] and the company re-launched itself as Quest Software.[14]

On June 1, 2017, One Identity was announced as an independent brand, but remained part of the Quest family of businesses.[15]

On September 2, 2020, Quest acquired Binary Tree.[16] On January 5, 2021, Quest acquired erwin, Inc., including erwin Data Modeler.

Quest Software EMEA headquarters in Cork, Ireland

On November 29, 2021, Clearlake Capital Group LP bought Quest from Francisco Partners for $5.4 billion, including debt.[17][18]


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 [19][20]
Microsoft's Prestigious Global ISV of the Year Award 2007 Platforms Management [21]
Awards won as Dell Software
SC Magazine Awards 2013 Security [22]
Awards won as Quest
People's Choice STEVIE Awards 2017 Cloud Backup/Storage: Quest Rapid Recovery v6.1 [23][24]
DBTA Reader's Choice Awards 2017 Information Management [25][26][27]
V3 Technology Awards 2017 Platform Management [28]


  1. ^ "Vincent C. Smith, Chairman, Quest Software". Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  2. ^ a b "EXECUTIVE OFFICERS for Quest_Software (QSFT)". Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  3. ^ "Toad - SQL Tuning, Database Development and Administration Software". 2012-02-06. Archived from the original on 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  4. ^ "Quest Software, its Toad tool leaping over to Dell". SearchOracle. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  5. ^ "Quest Software Named Microsoft Global ISV Partner of the Year; Quest Software Also Earns Winning Customers Award at Annual Microsoft Partner Conference". Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  6. ^ "Quest Software Promotes Douglas F. Garn to President; Vinny Smith to Continue to Serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer". Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  7. ^ "Quest Software Announces Appointments of Doug Garn to Chief Executive Officer and Director and Vinny Smith to New Role of Executive Chairman". Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  8. ^ "Alan Fudge Senior VP of WW Sales for Quest Software". 24 August 2009. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  9. ^ "Exec at O.C. software firm steps down". Orange County Register. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  10. ^ "Dell buying Quest Software for $2.36 billion". Electronic Component News. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  11. ^ "ScriptLogic to be Acquired for $90M - News | OpenView Venture Partners". OpenView. 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  12. ^ "Charonware s.r.o.: Private Company Information - Bloomberg". Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  13. ^ Miller, Ron. "Confirmed: Dell sells software division to Francisco Partners and Elliott Management". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  14. ^ "Quest Launches as an Independent Software Company Backed by Francisco Partners and Elliott Management". November 2016. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  15. ^ Kuranda, Sarah (2016-08-29). "Quest Software, One Identity To Operate Separately From SonicWall After Dell Software Sale". CRN. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  16. ^ "Quest Acquires Binary Tree and Takes the Dominant Market Leadership Position in Microsoft Modernization". 2 September 2020. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  17. ^ Miriam Gottfried (November 29, 2021). "Clearlake Capital to Buy Quest Software From Francisco Partners". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  18. ^ Ron Miller (November 29, 2021). "Francisco Partners flips Quest Software to Clearlake Capital in deal reportedly worth $5.4B". Tech Crunch. Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  19. ^ "Quest Software Named Microsoft Global ISV Partner of the Year; Quest Software Also Earns Winning Customers Award at Annual Microsoft Partner Conference". Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  20. ^ "Quest Software named Microsoft Global ISV Partner of the Year; Quest Software also earns winning customers award at annual Microsoft Partner Conference". Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  21. ^ "Quest Software Again Named Microsoft Global ISV Partner of the Year". Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  22. ^ "2012 SQL Server Pro Editors' Best and Community Choice Awards". IT Pro. 2012-11-19. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  23. ^ "Winners Announced in 2017 People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite New Products | Stevie Awards". Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  24. ^ "2017 New Product Award Winners | Stevie Awards". Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  25. ^ "Best Database Development Solution". Database Trends and Applications. 2017-08-02. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  26. ^ "Best Data Quality Solution". Database Trends and Applications. 2017-08-02. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  27. ^ "Best Change Data Capture Solution". Database Trends and Applications. 2017-08-02. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  28. ^ "V3 Technology Awards 2017". Retrieved 2017-11-28.