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Avocent Selected for Microsofts Mobility Partner Advisory Council

Avocent Selected for Microsoft’s Mobility Partner Advisory Council (MPAC)

Industry Leader in Connectivity Solutions Invited to Join MPAC

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., February 16, 2005 — Avocent Corporation (NASDAQ: AVCT) today announced it will join the Microsoft Mobility Partner Advisory Council (MPAC). The Microsoft Corporation formed MPAC in an effort to collaborate with companies who are making major strides in mobile technology. Avocent, the leading global provider of KVM switching, serial connectivity and Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) solutions, has been identified by MPAC for its innovations in secure wireless systems administration and mobile device management on multiple platforms.

Avocent recently announced the availability of SonicAdmin and SonicSentinel – software solutions for managing networks, data centers and a variety of mobile devices. The software solutions were added to Avocent’s broad product portfolio through the recent acquisition of Sonic Mobility, Inc. The SonicAdmin software will help IT administrators manage their networks and data center infrastructure from smart mobile devices, including the Microsoft Windows Mobile-based devices. The SonicSentinel software allows IT administrators to manage a company’s growing number of mobile devices from a central location. These software solutions expand Avocent’s capabilities to not only help administrators manage their data centers and server rooms, but also help them manage the hundreds of mobile devices that are now a firmly entrenched part of their IT infrastructure.

“We are pleased to have Avocent join the MPAC program,” said Julie Wymetalek, manager of the Mobility Partner Advisory Council at Microsoft Corp. “The experience and knowledge Avocent brings in enterprise security will be beneficial to the continued development of successful mobile security solutions.”

“Inviting Avocent to join MPAC builds on years of successful collaboration between Microsoft and Avocent” said Derek Ball, Director of Business Development for Avocent. “We expect our continued collaboration will have a large impact on enterprise security as mobile devices continue to proliferate.”

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 KVM switching, extension, intelligent platform management interface (IPMI), remote access, wireless and video display solutions. Additional information is available at: www.avocent.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.

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