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Quest Acquires ChangeBASE to Speed Adoption of Latest Windows Platforms, Browser Versions and Virtualization Technology

Quest Software, Inc. announced today it has acquired ChangeBASE, a privately held software provider based in the UK, which specializes in automated application analysis, remediation and conversion for target platforms including Windows 7 and 8, Internet Explorer 8 and 9, Terminal Server/Remote Desktop Session Host, VDI, and Application Virtualization. The acquisition represents an expansion of Quest’s product portfolio that allows companies to develop a user-centric management focus fortheir Windows application, desktop, mobile, and cloud environments. With this assembled portfolio of capabilities, Quest becomes a single source for helping organizations take advantage of technology changes to benefit both IT and users alike.

Applications and OS platforms today are in a constant state of change, putting a strain on IT and slowing adoption of Windows platforms and virtualization technology. This derails IT’s ultimate goal of delivering a dynamic, productive user workspace everywhere. Delivering a flexible, yet stable, user workspace in today’s environment means managing the different Windows desktop delivery models including physical, virtual and cloud platforms. Yet, historically, ensuring rapid and smooth migrations to new platforms required manual application compatibility testing and issue remediation, resulting in slow platform deployment and increased costs.

ChangeBASE offers an entire product portfolio that automates the three most resource-intensive processes around application migration-- analysis, remediation and conversion. The products automatically test and fix applications before deployment to new or upgraded platforms, which can speed up packaging delivery by 75 percent while improving accuracy and manageability.

ChangeBASE solutions enable IT to immediately and efficiently address some of the most pressing, relevant issues around application compatibility for platform updates and migrations:

  • Desktop upgrades from Windows XP to Windows 7 (and soon Windows 8)
  • Switching from 32 bit (x86) to 64 bit (x64) versions of Windows
  • Web application compatibility during IE6 to IE8/9 browser upgrades
  • Application delivery using Terminal Server/Remote Desktop Session Host
  • Application delivery using application virtualization from Microsoft, Symantec, Citrix, and VMware
  • Updating from earlier versions of Microsoft Office to Office 2007/2010
  • The ChangeBASE suite of modules provides all the necessary capabilities to analyze Windows applications for suitability with target platforms, remediate the majority of compatibility issues that plague IT today, and finally convert and deploy the updated applications into an efficient production environment.
  • This solution set delivers immediate value to companies that need to assess the application suitability for deployment with their desktop virtualization technologies (Terminal Server, Remote Desktop Session Host, or VDI). In these instances, ChangeBASE provides an essential on-ramp for adoption and expansion of Quest vWorkspace. Organizations can leverage the two solutions to rapidly assess their application estate, and determine application productivity once deployed from vWorkspace.
  • For more information about this acquisition and Quest’s unique holistic approach to application compatibility, please visit
  • Published Monday, October 24, 2011 5:38 AM by David Marshall
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