The 10 Biggest Acquisitions Of 2012


5. Dell Purchases Quest Software For $2.4 Billion

This may be the year that Dell became a bona fide software player. The computer maker wrapped up Quest Software for $2.4 billion, which gives Dell a wide range of products such as database tools, application development, backup and recovery, and security software. Quest's broad portfolio became the centerpiece of the Dell Software Group, which was formally created this year.