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Avocent to Offer Third Party Product Access and Control via DSView 3 Software for Complete Data Center Manageability

Avocent to Offer Third Party Product Access and Control via DSView 3 Software for Complete Data Center Manageability

Agreement with Uptime Devices for Data Center Environmental Monitoring

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — March 28, 2006 — Avocent Corporation (NASDAQ: AVCT) today announced the expansion of third party manageability by its DSView 3 management software through an agreement with Uptime Devices.

Uptime Devices is a leader in environmental monitoring and management of the data center physical environment. The agreement will allow Avocent DSView 3 software customers to remotely access and control the Uptime Devices SensorHub equipment to monitor the temperature, humidity, airflow, water, voltage, and security of their data centers. DSView 3 software will notify users when the conditions exceed defined limits and provide a way to resolve environmental problem remotely.

“This is an exciting first step for us to align with Uptime Devices and expand the sphere of the management capabilities of our enterprise software,” said Dusty Pritchett, executive vice president of global marketing. “By adding access and control through our software of third party products already in use in the data center, we continue with our mission to help simplify the complex data center manageability issues.”

“Everyone from the small to medium sized business to the enterprise can benefit from the peace of mind that physical environmental monitoring provides,” said Jean-Paul Daemen of Uptime Devices.

SensorHub environmental monitoring equipment is available for purchase both through Avocent Take Command Program resellers and direct from Uptime Devices.

Avocent DSView 3 management software provides secure remote access and control of servers, serial and power devices in the data center over IP, providing critical time-saving alerts to IT administrators. It is available for purchase through Avocent Take Command Program resellers and multiple distribution channels and catalogs.

“While our agreement with Uptime Devices is our next step in third party manageability available to customers, we continue to partner with independent software vendors to develop more powerful tools that easily integrate with DSView 3 software,” said Pritchett.

Avocent ISV partners are selected software vendors or platform vendors with worldwide market coverage and IT offerings that deliver value to Avocent brands. The Avocent Alliance program for ISVs enables qualified vendors to easily integrate with Avocent solutions through its flexible and open architecture, creating widespread partner support with minimal requirements.

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: www.avocent.com

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About Uptime Devices, Inc.
Founded in 2001, Uptime Devices, Inc. is the leading provider of environmental monitoring appliances. Developed to bridge the gap between facilities and IT staffs in enterprise level network systems, Uptime Devices monitors the physical layer of a network without the need for a software application. Uptime Devices’ award winning products facilitate centralized monitoring of remote locations anywhere in the world. The installed customer base includes Fortune 500 companies, small and medium sized businesses, federal, state, and local governments. Headquartered in Austin TX, additional Uptime Devices information is available at www.uptimedevices.com

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements as defined within the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include statements regarding market opportunity, product development, engineering and design activities, and product availability and operability. 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 general economic conditions, risks attributable to future product demand, sales, and expenses, risks associated with product design efforts and the introduction of new products and technologies, risks associated with reliance on a limited number of component suppliers and single source components, and risk 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 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Avocent, the Avocent logo, DSView, Take Command Program and The Power of Being There are registered trademarks of Avocent Corporation or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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