Quest Software is set to acquire Surgient, a provider of private cloud automation software.

According to Surgient, its platform enables organisations to deploy and manage secure cloud infrastructures to gain business agility and reduce costs. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close during the third quarter of 2010.

Quest claimed that its application monitoring, database management, Windows management and virtualisation management solutions will be bolstered by Surgient's cloud automation products and services that enable rapid deployment of private clouds.

Doug Garn, CEO and president of Quest Software, said: “Since 2003, Surgient has developed an impressive array of patented technologies and products, developed by some of the brightest people in the industry. When the acquisition is complete, our customers will have the platform they need to not only quickly implement private cloud infrastructures, but also support them effectively with the best management solutions in the industry.”