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Quest Software Provides Consolidated View of Multiple Instances of Microsoft SQL Server for Better Problem Detection And Resolution.

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. -- Newest Member of Quest's Award-Winning Spotlight Product Family Announced, Along With Additional Products and Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Quest Software Inc. (Nasdaq:QSFT), a leading provider of application, database and infrastructure management solutions, today announced the availability of Spotlight(TM) on SQL Server Enterprise, the newest member of Quest's award-winning Spotlight family. At the same time, the company announced other updates and additions to enhance the breadth and depth of its solutions for managing Microsoft SQL Server, with extensive support for SQL Server 2005.

Quest Spotlight on SQL Server is used by thousands of customers worldwide to provide a graphical display of real-time SQL Server performance with one-click drill-down to diagnose and resolve performance problems. While this capability is extremely valuable, many SQL Server database administrators (DBAs) are responsible for dozens of SQL Server instances. Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise is the first product to provide consolidated at-a-glance visibility of performance across multiple instances of SQL Server, with the ability to drill down on any item for fast problem resolution.

"We work very closely with Microsoft, and this relationship helps ensure that we consistently provide products that add value to the SQL Server platform," said Douglas Chrystall, director, product management, SQL Server solutions, Quest Software. "We are very excited about the release of this newest member of the Spotlight family, as it solves a unique challenge faced by the SQL Server community. We are also pleased to announce additional products that enhance the performance of SQL Server and improve the productivity of SQL Server professionals."

New capabilities and Quest's extensive support for SQL Server 2005 include:

--Capacity Manager for SQL Server - this new product offers a single consolidated view of storage consumption, growth rates and trends at all levels -- including the instance, database and object.

--Quest Central for SQL Server - now SQL Server 2005 compatible, Quest Central is an integrated performance management solution for SQL Server DBAs. Working with Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise, Quest Central provides DBAs with the ability to diagnose difficult performance issues on any server, perform historical problem analysis, and resolve problems through advanced automated tuning.

--Benchmark Factory for Databases - Quest now offers a freeware version of its advanced database stress testing product, which allows database code to be tested in isolation from the application, providing a true view of database issues.

--Toad for SQL Server and LiteSpeed for SQL Server - As announced last quarter, these well-known Quest products are fully SQL Server 2005 compatible. Toad improves SQL code quality and enhances DBA and developer productivity. LiteSpeed reduces the time and cost of SQL Server backup and recovery by compressing data up to 95 percent.

"From delivery of SQL Server to ongoing management, Quest Software offers tremendous depth and breadth in solutions for SQL Server," said Don Peterson, senior product manager for SQL Server at Microsoft Corp.

Pricing and Availability

North American pricing for Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise begins at U.S. $2,160. The product is generally available now, and more information about Quest's full line of products for SQL Server is available at http://www.quest.com/sql_server/index.asp.

About Quest Software Inc.

Quest Software Inc. delivers innovative products that help organizations get more performance and productivity from their applications, databases and infrastructure. Through a deep expertise in IT operations and a continued focus on what works best, Quest helps more than 18,000 customers worldwide meet higher expectations for enterprise IT. Quest Software helps organizations deliver, manage and control complex database environments through award-winning products for Oracle, SQL Server, IBM DB2, Sybase and MySQL. Quest Software can be found in offices around the globe and at www.quest.com.

Quest and Quest Software are registered trademarks of Quest Software Inc. The Quest Software logo and all other Quest Software product or service names and slogans are registered trademarks or trademarks of Quest Software Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release may include predictions, estimates and other information that might be considered forward-looking statements, including statements concerning the availability and market acceptance of Quest Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ from those anticipated as a result of various factors, including the impact of economic conditions on our customers, variations in the size and timing of customer orders; competitive products and pricing; rapid technological change; risks associated with the development and market acceptance of new products; disruptions caused by acquisitions of companies and/or technologies including risks relating to integration of the combined companies; risks associated with international operations; and the need to attract and retain qualified personnel. For a discussion of these and other related risks, please refer to our recent SEC filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2004 and the Current Report on 10-Q for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2005. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date thereof. We undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date thereof.
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