Tuesday April 25, 8:05 am Eastern Time
Company Press Release
SOURCE: Quest Software, Inc.
Quest to Acquire MessageWise Inc. of Ottawa, Ontario To Expand Enterprise
Monitoring Expertise for Microsoft Exchange
IRVINE, Calif., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Quest Software, Inc.
(Nasdaq: QSFT - news) announced today the company has signed a
definitive agreement to acquire MessageWise Inc., based in Ottawa,
Ontario, Canada, a leading provider of performance monitoring and
configuration management solutions for Microsoft® Exchange(TM) e-mail
``This acquisition will help us extend our penetration into the fast
growing, mission-critical area of Exchange availability. MessageWise's
highly scalable, agentless monitoring architecture allows
organizations to obtain immediate value from the product, often within
minutes of installation,'' said Vincent C. Smith, Quest chairman and
chief executive officer. ``Strategically, we plan to extend their core
expertise beyond Exchange into other important Microsoft services,
including Internet Information Server(TM) (IIS) and SQL Server(TM).
When integrated with our Foglight(TM) Enterprise monitor,
organizations will have a complete solution to monitor nearly every
aspect of their computer operations.''
MessageWise's product offerings encompass comprehensive Windows
NT/2000 monitoring as well as configuration auditing. The Messaging
Manager's Assistant(TM) (2MA) monitors, alerts and reports on all
Exchange server metrics to enable the proactive management of response
times, storage, connectivity and server availability. InLook(TM) is a
server auditing and configuration management solution for Exchange
networks that gathers and monitors detailed configuration data across
the enterprise and provides warnings of potential configuration
troubles which could interrupt service, such as misconfigured services
and improper message routing information. InLook provides
administrators with the ability to centrally monitor large,
geographically dispersed networks of Windows servers to ensure
unauthorized changes, such as software updates, do not occur without
``Quest and MessageWise share an understanding of the key issues and
requirements for ensuring availability and optimal performance of
e-mail systems as well as e-business and enterprise applications,''
said Harold Dyck, president of MessageWise. ``Our combined offerings
will provide an even more compelling solution for organizations that
require 24x7 availability and high performance from their
Windows-based systems. Quest's recent Benchmark Factory acquisition
also complements our solutions, allowing organizations to perform
real-life performance profiling of Exchange implementations before
they are deployed.''
Current MessageWise customers include Bell Atlantic Corp., Eaton
Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp., Merck & Co., Merrill Lynch & Co.,
Motorola, Inc., Nortel Networks Corp. and the U.S. Air Force.
Under the terms of the agreement, Quest will acquire privately-held
MessageWise for a combination of cash and stock totaling approximately
$12 million. The acquisition, which is expected to be completed by the
end of April, will be accounted for as a purchase.
Quest Software, Inc. delivers solutions that enhance the performance
and reliability of e-business, packaged and custom computing
applications. Businesses and consumers alike have come to expect
immediate and continuous access to information, and Quest Software
provides solutions to ensure this availability. Based in Irvine,
Calif., Quest Software has sales and support offices worldwide staffed
by more than 850 employees.