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Quest Expands Office 365 Migration Toolset with Quadrotech Buy

Just over two months after acquiring Binary Tree, Quest Software is once again padding its Office 365 migration portfolio with the acquisition of its Switzerland-based partner Quadrotech, announced on Tuesday.

IT pros may be familiar with Quadrotech as being the sponsor of Practical 365.com, a site that provides tips on Office 365 support. Its other offerings include Mailbox Shuttle software for moving Microsoft Exchange mailboxes, a Cloud Commander tenant-to-tenant Office 365 migration tool and, on the management side, its Nova service that lets organizations produce customized Office 365 reports and manage Office 365 licenses.

The 9-year-old Quadrotech has been a partner for five years with Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based Quest. Its acquisition by Quest will strengthen that company's deployment and management offerings, according to Quadrotech CEO Thomas Madsen.

"With the overwhelming interest in Office 365 as a linchpin application for business, Quest and Quadrotech's combined offerings and expertise can support even the most complicated customer Office 365 deployment and management challenges," Madsen said in a released statement. 

In particular, Quadrotech's Nova service is expected to aid Quest's MSP partners.

Quadrotech's solutions will become part of Quests' Microsoft Platform Management business unit. This business unit recently got bolstered back in September when Quest announced it was buying Binary Tree, another company specialized in supporting Office 365 migrations.

Quest offers its own Microsoft Platform Management, which provides migration and management solutions for organizations using Office 365 products.

The Quadrotech and Binary Tree acquisitions will enhance Quest's position in the Microsoft 365 migration and management space, according to Patrick Nichols, Quest's CEO.

"Quest is intent on increasing investment in our core products, all with the goal to better serve our customers and both Quadrotech and Binary Tree are milestones in that strategy, allowing us to deliver one of the strongest industry platforms in migration and management," Nichols said in a released statement.

The terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Quest Software, a specialist in Active Directory and Office 365 management solutions, at one time had been acquired by Dell in 2012 for an estimated $2.4 billion prior to the time when Dell underwent a massive buying spree. Quest became part of the Dell Software Group along with Sonic Wall. That group was later sold by Dell in 2016 and is currently owned by Francisco Partners and Elliott Management Corp., which operate Quest and Sonic Wall as separate companies.

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Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for 1105 Media's Converge360 group.

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