Quest Builds Windows Management SaaS on Windows Azure

Quest Software Inc. is using Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to offer Windows management tools as a SaaS (Software as a Service) option. Quest OnDemand will securely manage IT environments via Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) 2.0, Quest officials said.

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Quest Software Inc. is using Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to offer Windows management tools as a SaaS (Software as a Service) option. Quest OnDemand will securely manage IT environments via Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) 2.0, Quest officials said.

 

Quest’s Windows Azure-based cloud offerings are:

  • Quest Recovery Manager OnDemand for Active Directory to provide backup and object-level recovery of Active Directory data. It is designed to facilitate flexible, scheduled backups automatically, while making it faster and easier to recovery Active Directory data. 
  • Quest InTrust OnDemand to help companies comply with external regulations, internal policies and security requirements.  The service securely collects, store, reports, and provides alerts on event data from Windows systems.

Recovery Manager OnDemand and InTrust OnDemand are available in beta, and slated for release to generally available in Q1 2010.  Both will be available on a subscription basis with no on-premises deployment and maintenance, said a Quest executive.

dmitry-sotnikov“Quest has helped IT manage on-premises Windows environments for more than a decade, and now many of our customers are making the strategic decision to manage these environments with cloud-based services,” said Dmitry Sotnikov, manager of new product research, Quest Software, in a statement. “Adapting to SaaS solutions will give them the security and management capabilities they need, while eliminating on-premises maintenance and minimizing upfront costs.”

Microsoft and Quest on Azure-Based Quest OnDemand

“The fact that the Quest OnDemand solutions are built upon the Microsoft technologies such as WIF, ADFS 2.0 and Windows Azure demonstrates the company’s focus on the importance of business-ready identity and security services in cloud computing,” said John Chirapurath, director of the Microsoft Identity and Security Business Group at Microsoft, in the statement.

Quest is also set to launch Quest Site Administrator Reports OnDemand for Microsoft’s SharePoint. The offering will be a free SharePoint site reporting tool, hosted on Azure, to let admins overview reports on an unlimited number of sites across their organizations.




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