Dell reportedly is considering buying Quest Software, whose offerings are designed to help businesses in a number of key areas, including database, server and user workspace management as well as data protection and backup, performance monitoring, and identity and access management.
An acquisition of Quest would be the latest step by Dell in its efforts to reduce its reliance on PC and server hardware and become an enterprise solutions provider that also offers storage, networking and software, which increasingly is becoming a larger focus for the world's third-largest PC maker.
According to a May 25 BloombergBusinessweek article citing "people with knowledge of the matter," Dell is one of several companies that have offered to buy Quest in the two months since its executives agreed to be acquired by venture capital firm Insight Venture Partners for $2 billion.
Several analysts had pegged Dell-- as well as Microsoft, Oracle, CA and BMC Software -- as a logical company to pursue Quest, given the tech giant's interest in expanding its software capabilities.
This article was originally published on 05-28-2012