Quest Makes a Private Cloud Move

Charlene OHanlon

Quest Software made a pretty significant buy late last week in its acquisition of Surgient, signaling the company's belief that the future lies in the ether.

Quest, which develops systems management solutions including data protection, monitoring, administration and server/desktop virtualization, announced its intent to acquire Surgient, which develops private cloud automation software. Plans call for Quest to offer the private cloud-creation service as part of its desktop and server virtualization offering.

The move is a natural for a company like Quest, whose solutions are seemingly made for cloud environments. The ability to build a cloud using the Quest virtualization solutions within it makes perfect sense from a technology standpoint. The Quest/Surgient combination makes sense for a lot of reasons because customers now have access to a larger technology portfolio that is being positioned to deal with the next major wave of enterprise computing.

It's not often that acquisitions make good sense. The fact that Quest found a good partner in Surgient is a testament to both companies and their foresight. Now all we have to do is wait for the rest of the IT world to catch up to the concept of private cloud computing.

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