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Avocent Provides Total Power and Control to the Data Center

Avocent Provides Total Power and Control to the Data Center
Data Center Management Solutions on Display at Interop

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. and NEW YORK, NY — December 13, 2005 — Avocent Corporation (NASDAQ: AVCT) will showcase innovative management solutions for data centers of all sizes at the Interop Show, New York, NY (booth# 225). Avocent will show IT managers how to leverage server, serial, and power over IP to remotely and securely manage data center assets — all through a single software interface.

“With the right tools, data centers whether large or small are far easier to manage and troubleshoot than just a few years ago,” said Dave Perry, executive vice president of global sales for Avocent Corporation. “IT execs need to understand that Avocent has made these tools far easier to use and implement.”

Server, serial, and power devices are all easily managed remotely through Avocent DSView 3 management software. The Avocent solution is the only solution available featuring virtual media functionality, eliminating unnecessary trips into the data center. Virtual media gives administrators the capability to stay in their chair and perform tasks remotely, such as installing or patching applications or the OS, or rebooting the remote server across the network using a boot file accessed from a local PC. The software offers a unique hub and spoke architecture for failover and redundancy — increasing uptime and allowing for much easier and quicker disaster recovery.

Server Management over IP
Avocent server over IP solutions provide an extensive range of KVM switches enabling IT managers the ability to manage and control servers. With port counts from one to 32, products are available for managing the needs of the largest enterprise data center to the smallest server rooms. Designed for demanding IT environments, the Avocent DS Series of KVM over IP switches offers reliable digital and analog solutions for multi-platform, multi-location, multi-device access and control. Access and control is available through the Avocent DSView management software, providing control through one interface.

Serial Management over IP
The Avocent CCM serial console management system provides an easy and secure way to manage data center devices, including servers, network gear, telco and power units, through local or remote IP connections. With secure in-band and out-of-band connectivity, it ensures quick access to critical devices whether the network is up or down. When used with DSView 3 software, AVWorks software, or industry-standard SSH/Telnet client software, serial devices can be remotely controlled from a single interface. The CCM appliances offer a full range of console management features, including tools for console redirection such as Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) and Serial over LAN (SoL).

Power Management over IP
With leading server manufacturers such as IBM, Dell, NEC Fujitsu, etc. embedding IPMI in today’s servers, Avocent is leveraging the technology to monitor and power cycle devices remotely. IPMI allows IT managers to focus on the server that needs attention while maintaining the power and system health of the data center. External SPC power management devices controlled over IP deliver advanced power management and security. Both power solutions can be accessed and controlled through Avocent DSView 3 software.

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

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 and AVWorks are registered trademarks of Avocent Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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