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Newest Release of Avocent Management Software Integrates with Cyclades Console Managers

Newest Release of Avocent Management Software Integrates with Cyclades Console Managers

DSView 3 Management Software also now compatible with more Linux server and network equipment platforms; more security features; provides access to third-party in-band tools

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., April 3, 2006 — Avocent Corporation (NASDAQ: AVCT) today announced the integration of the Cyclades ACS console management appliances into the Avocent DSView 3 management software solution — furthering our industry leading solutions for data center management. The integration is an advantage for customers who want a single graphical user interface to access and control their data center appliances anywhere in the world. The software will be available beginning April 12.

“We are pleased to provide integration between the Avocent and Cyclades product lines so quickly after finalizing the combination, ensuring our customers can take immediate advantage of our full line of best-of-breed solutions,” said Dave Perry, executive vice president, Avocent Corporation.

The integration also includes the Cyclades KVM/net and KVM/netPlus KVM over IP switches, and comes as part of a DSView 3 software update that includes key customer benefits such as more security and third-party in-band tool access.

Customers requiring higher encryption levels can now leverage AES encryption, the highest standard adopted by the U.S. government, and RSA SecurID two-factor authentication. Incorporating these additional security components into DSView 3 software gives administrators more power to control access to mission-critical data.

Also integrated is access to third party in-band administrative tools, complete with automated failover to Avocent’s out-of-band tools and simplifying how IT users can remotely control data center equipment. For example, IT staff who prefer to use Microsoft Terminal Services using RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol), or VNC (Virtual Network Computing) to connect to servers can do so through the DSView 3 software interface. Should those tools fail DSView 3 software will either auto connect to a KVM port connection, or notify the user that an out-of-band connection needs to be made. Failures and failovers are documented in the software’s event log for easy reporting for adherence to corporate security policies and government security regulations.

DSView 3 management software is compatible with Wintel, Sun Solaris and Novell SuSE servers as well as Red Hat Linux operating systems. It is the only IT manageability software solution with a hub and spoke architecture featuring a fully redundant, replicating database system. Users securely authenticate to a central management hub server or one of up to 15 mirrored spoke servers if the primary server is unavailable. This allows for real-time updates and load balancing across multiple sites.

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 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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