In the seven years the InfoWorld Virtualization Report has been following the virtualization ecosystem, I've seen my fair share of bigger fish swallowing up smaller fish to either consume the latter's technology or take it off the virtualization chess board as a possible competitor or threat.
Case in point: We watched as Quest Software consumed smaller, more nimble virtualization management startups such as Vizioncore back in 2008 and VKernel in November 2011. In July 2012, it was Dell's turn to gobble up Quest in an acquisition that came with a $2.4 billion price tag.
When the news of the Dell acquisition of Quest broke, it left two unanswered questions: First, how would Dell address the overlap in software technologies that it gained with the acquisition? Second, how would Dell bring these technologies together into a cohesive offering?
Fast-forward to last week's news announcement by Dell, and those questions may have finally been answered -- partially.
Dell has been taking a long, hard look at the server, storage, and network monitoring and management tools it gained from the Quest acquisition. It's decided to bring these virtualization technologies under one roof into the Foglight family of products.
Read the entire InfoWorld Virtualization Report article.