Precise Buys W. Quinn

Systems and application management vendor Precise Software Solutions announced on Wednesday that it had acquired Windows NT/2000 storage management specialist W. Quinn Associates Inc. in a $35 million dollar deal.

Reston, Va.-based W. Quinn has for years marketed products designed for Digital Equipment Corp.’s OpenVMS and for Microsoft Corp.’s Windows NT/2000 operating systems.

Before Microsoft incorporated support for disk space quota management in Windows 2000, W. Quinn’s Storage Central product provided Windows NT administrators with crucial quota and storage management capabilities. In its current incarnation, Storage Central provides comprehensive storage resource management facilities for Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 Servers.

Precise, a purveyor of systems and application monitoring and management tools, was founded slightly over a decade ago. The Westwood, Mass.-based company markets an assortment of products which monitor and manage operating system, database, application server, ERP and other environments.

Precise CEO Shimon Alon says that his company expects to incorporate W. Quinn’s Storage Central into its existing suite of systems and application management tools. As a result of the acquisition, Alon’s company picks up a hefty strategic OEM partner – Microsoft itself – and also adds additional sales heft in the form of resellers Dell Computer Corp., EDS and Sunbelt Software.

Carolyn DiCenzo, a chief analyst for storage management research with Gartner Dataquest, says that the acquisition helps Precise fill a gap in its overall systems and application management solution set. “The acquisition brings together two leading technology players who now have the opportunity to leverage each others’ skills to supply the market with stronger performance tools to better address the storage part of the performance equation,” she says.

Precise’s Alon maintains that the acquisition should be a pain-free one because the relative strengths of the two constituent companies are complementary to one another.

“We just acquired a company that has the same philosophy as Precise … real-time, low-impact performance management …that’s why the synergy is so great between the two companies,” he says.

Nevertheless, analysts speculate that Precise could expect to face more than a few challenges in assimilating the corporate culture of a company with its roots in the no-nonsense world of OpenVMS and with more than 15 years of experience in enterprise software development.

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.


  • Google IDs on Azure Active Directory B2B Service Now at 'General Availability'

    Microsoft announced on Wednesday that users of the Google identity and access service can use their personal log-in IDs with the Azure Active Directory B2B service to access resources as "guests."

  • Top 4 Overlooked Features of a Data Backup Strategy

    When it comes to implementing an airtight backup-and-recovery plan, these are the four must-have features that many enterprises nevertheless tend to forget.

  • Microsoft Bolsters Kubernetes with Azure Confidential Computing

    Microsoft on Tuesday announced various developments concerning the use of Kubernetes, an open source container orchestration solution fostered by Google.

  • Windows Will Have Support for Encrypted DNS

    Microsoft announced this week that the Windows operating system already has support for an encrypted Domain Name System option that promises to add greater privacy protections for Internet connections.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.