Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) is preparing to finalize the Quest Software buyout. But why exactly is Dell spending $2.4 billion to get its hands on Quest? The VAR Guy found a six-part answer at VMware's (NYSE: VMW) VMworld conference a few weeks ago. Now, our resident blogger finally has time to share the quick details with you.

Quest has numerous products, which could help Dell to build a software division that generates $5 billion within a few years. Quest also has migration services that help customers jump from on-premises Exchange Server to Office 365. But ultimately, Dell sees six core areas where Quest Software can help channel partners and customers:
  1. Database management
  2. Windows server management
  3. Performance monitoring
  4. Identity and access management
  5. Data protection
  6. Workspace management
Quest Software shared that message at its booth with VMworld attendees. Among the booth visitors: Michael Dell himself, who apparently stopped by to see his latest investment in action. The VAR Guy stopped by, too, and saw plenty of interest in the Quest strategy.

Dell and Quest expect to finalize the deal in Q3 -- which means an official approval could come within days. Already, Quest shareholders have given the deal their blessing.

Meanwhile, Dell and Quest Software already have an integration plan and integration team in place. In theory, that means Dell will hit the ground running with its newly acquired Quest Software business within the next few days or weeks...