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Avocent Unveils Two New Solutions for Managing the Data Center

CORONADO, Calif., October 28, 2004 — Avocent Corporation (NASDAQ: AVCT) today announces two new software solutions for managing data centers and PDAs and other mobile devices: AdminSentinel and MobileSentinel. These solutions help IT administrators securely manage data center devices from a PDA and allow IT administrators to manage the growing number of PDA and mobile devices in their businesses.

AdminSentinel software for mobile devices allows IT managers to access, control and manage their network and data center infrastructure; and MobileSentinel is a software solution that allows IT departments to centrally manage mobile devices. These products run on platforms such as BlackBerry, PocketPC and Palm.

While the data center is the foundation of Avocent’s core business, businesses are now required to not only manage their data centers and server rooms, but they are being asked to manage hundreds of mobile devices that are now part of their IT infrastructure. The addition of the MobileSentinel solution from our recent acquisition of Sonic Mobility will help customers manage the thousands of mobile devices in the market today.

The AdminSentinel software uses a real-time secure proxy model to perform many routine server administrative functions from a mobile device. For example, the administrator can reboot a server, unlock/change passwords, restart services not functioning properly, view event logs, move files and send messages to logged-in users.

MobileSentinel is a software product for the remote control and administration of PDAs and smart phones that connect to a computer network. MobileSentinel adds a new level of network security for mobile devices. IT administrators can monitor all mobile devices for current status, apply passwords to unprotected devices and manage mobile user groups, as well as a number of other functions. For mobile devices that are lost or stolen, MobileSentinel allows an IT administrator to centrally control and wipe out sensitive data. The product is ideally suited for networks that use cellular PDAs and smartphones to support staff in the field.

About Avocent Corporation
Avocent Corporation is the leading supplier of connectivity solutions for enterprise data centers, service providers and financial institutions worldwide. Branded products include switching, extension, intelligent platform management interface (IPMI), remote access and video display solutions. Additional information is available at:

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements as defined within the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include statements regarding the development, introduction, features, benefits, and future enhancements of new products and technologies (including software for secure wireless systems administration and mobile device management), the size, growth, and leadership of the potential markets for these products and technologies in the future, the revenue and earnings from these new products and technologies in the future, engineering and design activities, and the integration and operation of Sonic Mobility. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made, including the risks associated with the acquisition and subsequent integration of businesses and technologies, risks associated with general economic conditions, risks attributable to future product demand, sales, and expenses, risks associated with reliance on a limited number of customers, component suppliers, and single source components, risks associated with product design efforts and the introduction of new products and technologies, and risks associated with obtaining and protecting intellectual property rights. Other factors that could cause operating and financial results to differ are described in Avocent’s annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 12, 2004. Other risks may be detailed from time to time in reports to be filed with the SEC. Avocent does not undertake any obligation to publicly update its forward-looking statements based on events or circumstances after the date hereof.

Avocent, the Avocent logo, and AutoView are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avocent Corporation. All other trademarks or company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
Media Contacts:

Shannon Clemons
Avocent Corporation

Michael Becce
MRB Public Relations
732-758-1100 x102


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