Dell/Quest Software plans layoffs and relocations – source

Some products may go, too, once private equiteers take over

The deal restoring the independence of the entity formerly known as Dell Software is expected to close in early November, which is when The Register understands things are going to get very interesting for customers and staff alike.

The new Quest Software, as the former Dell Software will be known, comprises the assets of SonicWall and pre-Dell Quest Software

Persons familiar with the company's plans tell us that plans are in place for considerable redundancies and relocations not long after the deal closes.

Development groups outside the USA, and possibly some within, are slated for relocation to lower-waged destinations.

Some products will be discontinued, with the Foglight application monitoring tools toward the top of the list.

Our sources say current staff have been instructed to brief customers about new arrangements at the company, and that the message they're being asked to deliver runs counter to public statements by Elliot Management and Francisco Partners, the new owners of Dell Software.

Elliot Management did not respond to The Register's request for comment. Francisco Partners said nobody was available to comment and did not take up our offer of an additional 24 hours to find someone to respond to our sources' allegations. A Dell Software spokesperson said the company does not comment on pending transactions, adding that the company is operating as usual. ®

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