Quest Software Acquires Surgient to Enter Private Cloud Market

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-08-03 Print this article Print

The addition of Surgient's intellectual property will put Quest on the map in the increasingly in-demand private cloud management space.

Database and application management provider Quest Software revealed Aug. 3 that it is entering the private cloud software market by acquiring virtualization management specialist Surgient. 

Quest said it expects the deal to be competed by the end of September. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The addition of Surgient's intellectual property will put Quest on the map in the increasingly in-demand private cloud management space. With Surgient, Quest will add a self-provisioning server automation tool for a hot market where it plans to become an on-premises, private cloud software supplier, Quest said.

Privately held Surgient makes private cloud automation software called the Surgient Automation Platform. The layer works hand-in-hand with hypervisors to deploy and manage secure IAAS (infrastructure-as-a-service) clouds that can be shared across the organization.

Surgient took a major step forward in the private cloud arena in May 2009 when it released its own self-provisioning virtual machine for cloud software testing and development in the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor environment.

"Since 2003, Surgient has developed an impressive array of patented technologies and products. When the acquisition is complete, our customers will have the platform they need to not only quickly implement private cloud infrastructures, but also support them effectively," Quest CEO and President Doug Garn said.

Quest's product line already includes virtualization controls-the vOptimizer Pro and vFoglight management tools-from an earlier acquisition, Vizioncore. Surgient's new-generation software will augment the company's product choices for data center managers.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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