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Quest Software Announces Acquisition of Symlabs
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June 07, 2011

Quest Software Announces Acquisition of Symlabs

By Anshu Shrivastava
TMCnet Contributor

Quest Software (News - Alert) has announced the acquisition of Symlabs, a privately held solutions provider that specializes in virtual directories and identity management solutions.

The company believes that this acquisition adds strong middleware technology capabilities to the Quest One Identity Solution. With the addition of Symlabs virtual directory software, the company expects that its products will easily consolidate identity data that is stored in the distributed environment.

Symlabs brings additional federated identity capabilities. These capabilities are expected to broaden the single sign-on solutions, creating a secure environment out of multiple systems in a single enterprise or from systems across multiple enterprises.

“Symlabs has a strong history of eliminating complex integration problems quickly and inexpensively, and its virtual directory technology makes it a great fit for Quest One and our approach to simplifying identity and access management (IAM) for IT and the business,” said Jackson Shaw, senior director of product management at Quest Software.

To increase security, efficiency and compliance, Quest One simplifies IAM unifies identities, roles, workflows, and approvals around existing IAM infrastructures and best practices.

Company officials said that it enables compliance via access control and segregation of duties, with complete visibility and control driven by identity intelligence and business objectives.

Shaw said that this investment, as well as the recent patents, availability of Quest One Identity Manager and continued investment in multifactor authentication, continues to drive the new wave of IAM for current and future customers.

Quest Software simplifies and reduces the cost of managing IT for over 100,000 customers worldwide. The company said that its solutions make solving the toughest IT management problems easier to enable customers save time and money across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

The company also said that Quest One Identity Manager, formerly Voelcker ActiveEntry, has been enhanced and now features a Wysiwyg-like mail editor; and approval workflow enhancements for reminder, timeout, escalation, and more.

Symlabs virtual directory technology now allows Quest Defender to be installed in proof-of-concept or in production without the need for a schema extension. Plus, Defender now features user self-registration for software tokens. Company officials said that this simplifies the deployment of multifactor authentication across the enterprise and decreasing implementation time and costs.

Last month, the company introduced three open beta tools that simplify Microsoft (News - Alert) Azure infrastructure and account management.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

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