Quest Software Acquires Surgient to Enter Private Cloud Market

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-08-03

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.

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