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Easier Platform Integration Gets One Step Closer: Quest Acquires Vintela
   
     
Quest Software, maker of application, database, and Windows management software, announced yesterday that it will acquire Vintela, Inc., provider of platform integration solutions. Quest has hung its hat on Active Directory, providing early solutions to help its customers migrate to AD, and following up with products that enhance AD management. Vintela products use a standards-based approach to multiplatform integration. Look for the Quest-Vintela combination to develop products that leverage AD to enable easier, more seamless platform integration in heterogeneous environments. And what enterprise environment isn't heterogeneous these days?
     At the Microsoft Management Summit in April, one of the catchphrases I kept hearing was "crisis of complexity and cost."  It was my sense that Microsoft really gets it that most businesses don't have the luxury--or the resources--to run Windows-only shops. When Kirill Tatarinov, corporate vice president of Microsoft Enterprise Management, announced in his keynote that MOM is moving toward full support of non-Windows platformsthe room broke into applauseHow soon we'll see practical cross-platform support in MOM is an open question, but at least IT pros struggling with the management headaches that come from trying to make multiple systems play nicely together can take heart that more effective reinforcements are on the way.

 

--Dianne Russell