1. Quest: Dell's acquisition of Quest Software is just the latest in a line of purchases made since 2008, when it acquired iSCSI storage vendor EqualLogic. Quest had been on a buying spree of its own, acquiring almost as many companies as Dell in the same period. Dell has its work cut out for it to integrate the product suites and trim the overlap.
The three key wins for Dell with the Quest purchase are windows server management, identity and access management, and application performance management. Overall, those areas touch on much of Dell's management platforms for SMB/SME, data centers and cloud computing.
Mike Fratto is a principal analyst at Current Analysis, covering the Enterprise Networking and Data Center Technology markets. Prior to that, Mike was with UBM Tech for 15 years, and served as editor of Network Computing. He was also lead analyst for InformationWeek Analytics ... View Full Bio