Quest Software signed a definitive agreement to acquire MessageWise, a performance-monitoring and configuration-management solution provider for Microsoft Exchange email networks. The purchase price consists of cash and stock totaling approximately $12 million. "This acquisition will help us extend our penetration into the fast-growing, mission-critical area of Exchange availability," says Vincent C. Smith, Quest chairman and CEO. "MessageWise’s highly scalable, agentless monitoring architecture allows organizations to obtain immediate value from the product. Strategically, we plan to extend their core expertise beyond Exchange into other important Microsoft services, including Internet Information Server and SQL Server." MessageWise’s product offerings encompass comprehensive Windows 2000 and Windows NT monitoring and configuration auditing.