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So it's worth considering what this news might mean in it's wider context? As Alessandro quite rightly points out, Quest is almost in stealth mode with regards to it's Virtualization plays, it is much more widely known for it's AD Admin tools, etc. - not Virtualization?

When you have a look through the Products and Solutions offered by Quest the main reoccurring theme would appear to be "Management" and the tools to assist Admin's in Management of the various IT Systems. Provision was effectively working itself up to be a Citrix competitor as a supplier of add-on tools for Terminal Services, so I guess this also falls in to the same category?

So it would seem on the surface of it that Quest does not want to be left behind in the "gold rush" towards Virtualization?  

Quest acquires Provision Networks

Monday, November 12, 2007   |   0 Comments

Quest is the most hidden company in the virtualization market. It acquired two virtualization startups over last few years, Vizioncore and Invirtus, and operates through them to offer a broad range of solutions, complementary to VMware and Microsoft virtualization platforms.

The company doens't seem ready to leave the stealth mode yet but is surely working to further extend its presence: has just learned that Quest acquired the popular VDI vendor Provision Networks.

At this point is unknown if Quest will maintain Provision Networks as an independent unit or will merge the offering into the Vizioncore one, like it did for Invirtus (Provision Networks already has an OEM agreement in place with Vizioncore so it's a very likely scenario).

In any case while other vendors are fighting to control hypervisors, Quest is silently building the widest offering of tools for them, aiming at bigger profits. It probably just misses a virtual lab management framework (Surgient and VMLogix are good candidates for this).

Update: has learned that Provision Networks declined other offers from top IT players, both software and hardware, before closing the agreement with Quest. While names are not disclosed it's worth to remind that Provision Networks already have partnerships in place with IBM and with HP on hardware side, and with Virtual Iron on software side. Quest acquires Provision Networks

Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 9:37 PM IT Management , VMware and other Virtualization tools | Back to top

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