Quest Software Confirms Its Place as the Unified Communications Authority

Expands Support to Include Real-Time Policy Enforcement, Data Leak Prevention, Diagnostics and Resolution for Unified Communications Platforms

ALISO VIEJO, Calif.--()--The unified communications market is set to explode beyond traditional messaging solutions to a unified story spanning e-mail, instant messaging, presence, Voice over IP (VoIP), and mobile messaging such as BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and iPhone. Quest Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: QSFT) continues to invest to stay ahead of the curve and become the go-to vendor among early adopters of unified communications. New product developments and the acquisition of the business and assets of Akonix Systems have helped Quest bring two new products to market: Quest Policy Authority for Unified Communications and Quest Spotlight on Messaging.

We at Solid Cactus, Inc. knew we were having a problem with the abuse of instant messenger applications. We tried everything from blocking ports, to enhancing our firewall, but our employees kept finding new ways to connect to instant messenger through different programs and web apps, says Joe Palko, CEO of Solid Cactus, Inc. Quest Policy Authority solved all of our problems. It keeps tabs on all of our instant messaging traffic and even emails reports to management so the managers can find out if instant messenger is being abused.

Quest Policy Authority for Unified Communications enforces policies about instant messaging (IM) and peer-to-peer solutions, while providing compliance archiving for IM and BlackBerry solutions. Its flexible architecture blocks unwanted protocols, improves security and hygiene, protects sensitive data, and enforces regulatory compliance. With built-in integration with Quest Archive Manager, as well as other third-party archiving solutions, Policy Authority captures IM and file transfers, Blackberry PIN-to-PIN, BlackBerry call logs and SMS communications to further help IT organizations capture a true compliance archive. Policy Authority supports the leading messaging platforms, including:

  • Enterprise IM: Microsoft Office Communications Server, IBM Lotus Sametime and Cisco Jabber XCP
  • Financial IM: Bloomberg, Reuters Messaging and Pivot 360
  • Public IM: AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, GoogleTalk and Windows Live Messenger

Policy Authority was built on the Akonix L7 Enterprise platform, which Quest acquired in August 2008.

Instead of having to rely on partnersfor pieces of the puzzle, Quest will now be able to deliver a comprehensive, unified policy management solution for all of its customers' messaging and communications needs, says Mark Levitt in the IDC Link Akonix Found by a Suitor on a Quest which discussed Quests acquisition of Akonix.

Spotlight on Messaging formerly known as Spotlight on Exchange provides real-time diagnostics and problem resolution for Microsoft Exchange Server, BlackBerry Enterprise Server and Microsoft Office Communications Server. The solution manages multiple platforms from one central interface and:

  • Accelerates problem resolution by reducing the time-to-resolution;
  • Identifies issues and performance bottlenecks before they affect end users, thus reducing costs and improving productivity; and
  • Improves system performance by maximizing the availability and responsiveness of messaging servers.

Together, Policy Authority and Spotlight on Messaging are delivering real value to customers who have evolved their communications infrastructures beyond siloed email and instant messaging systems, to a comprehensive view that includes VoIP and presence, says David Sengupta, director, product management, Quest Unified Communications. Quest has migrated 17 million mailboxes and has 30 million mailboxes under management. We are one of the only vendors that include support for Office Communications Server and SameTime. We get it. Weve used our expertise to invest in solutions that our customers are asking for.

Pricing and Availability

Quest Policy Authority and Spotlight on Messaging are available today. North American pricing begins at $30 per user for Quest Policy Authority and $12 for Spotlight on Messaging.

About Quest Software, Inc.

Quest Software, Inc., a leading enterprise systems management vendor, delivers innovative products that help organizations get more performance and productivity from their applications, databases, Windows infrastructure and virtual environments. Through a deep expertise in IT operations and a continued focus on what works best, Quest helps more than 100,000 customers worldwide meet higher expectations for enterprise IT. Quest provides customers with client management as well as server and desktop virtualization solutions through its subsidiaries, ScriptLogic and Vizioncore. Quests Unified Communications and Collaboration solutions simplify, automate and secure Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, Windows Server, Office Communications Server and BlackBerry Server. Quest is the Microsoft Global ISV Partner of the year for 2004 and 2007. Quest Software can be found in offices around the globe and at

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Forward Looking Statements

This release may include predictions, estimates and other information that might be considered forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ from those anticipated as a result of various factors, including: the impact of adverse changes in general economic conditions on our relationships with customers, strategic partners and vendors; reductions or delays in information technology spending; variations in demand or the size and timing of customer orders; competitive conditions in our various product areas; rapid technological change; risks associated with the development and market acceptance of new products and product strategies; disruptions caused by acquisitions of companies and/or technologies; fluctuating currency exchange rates and risks associated with international operations; the need to attract and retain qualified employees; and other risks inherent in software businesses. For a discussion of these and other related risks, please refer to our recent SEC filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date thereof. We undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date thereof.

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Quest Software, Inc.
Editorial Contact:
Celeste Blau, 614-726-4833


Quest Software, Inc.
Editorial Contact:
Celeste Blau, 614-726-4833