July 2, 2012 – Dell is formally announcing a $2.4 billion acquisition of IT management software provider Quest Software.

Dell pointed specifically to Quest’s software capabilities in systems management, security, data protection and workplace management as central to the proposed deal. A release from Dell cited complimentary and expanded software for security, database management and application development that Quest could bring to other recent Dell acquisitions such as Clerity Solutions, SonicWALL and Make Technologies.

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