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Dell wins bidding war for Quest Software

Dell said this morning that Quest Software has accepted its $2.4 billion acquisition, winning its weeks-long battle with Insight Venture Partners to grab Quest.

Dell first entered the bidding at $2.15 billion before Insight countered at $2.27 billion. Dell made another offer last week of $2.32 billion and increased that price before closing the deal. The bidding was reminiscent of Dell’s battle with Hewlett-Parckard (HP) for storage systems vendor 3PAR two years ago. HP won that battle, and paid $2.35 billion for 3PAR.

The shareholders of Dell and Quest must approve the deal, and Dell said it expects the transaction to close by the end of October.

Quest sells backup software for virtual and physical servers and replication in its data protection portfolio. It also has systems management, security and workspace management software. While Dell mentioned Quest’s data protection in its release, none of Quest’s data protection products were highlighted. Dell specifically cited Quest One Identity and Access Management, Foglight, Windows Server Management, and Database Management in the press release.

Quest’s major backup products include NetVault — acquired from BakBone Software last year — for physical servers and vRanger Pro for virtual machines. It also sells LiteSpeed data reduction software for Oracle and SQL database backups.

Dell will discuss the deal with press and analysts this morning. For more details, see our story on

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