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Virtual Media Now Available in Avocent DSView 3 Management Software

Virtual Media Now Available in Avocent DSView 3 Management Software
Market Leader Continues to Broaden the Role of KVM Switching in the Data Center

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. , May 3, 2005 — Avocent Corporation (NASDAQ: AVCT), the leading supplier of connectivity solutions for enterprise data centers, today introduced virtual media functionality as part of a new DS Series family of products. The new DS Series virtual media feature allows administrators to remotely transfer local data to and from remote servers to perform a variety of tasks across heterogeneous platforms regardless of the operating system.

Virtual media is simulated media that performs the same function of a mass storage device, such as a hard drive, CD drive, or USB device without physically being connected. This is important to businesses that are trying to control physical access to data centers for security reasons. By giving an administrator the capability to stay in his or her 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, virtual media eliminates unnecessary trips into the data center. The Avocent implementation of virtual media into the DS Series maintains the out-of-band access and OS independence that is the cornerstone of our centralized server management solutions.

“Advancing our simplified solutions to allow administrators to proactively focus on efficient, secure management of IT assets is always on the forefront of efforts,” said John Cooper, CEO of Avocent Corporation. “This new feature in our easy to use software is just one more example of why Avocent is the market leader, because we are first to recognize and respond to customer needs.”

The Avocent solution uses DSR appliances and DSView 3 software to provide local and remote virtual media access with data transfer rates unequaled by other virtual media offerings. The four new enterprise appliances with virtual media functionality include the DSR1030, DSR2030, DSR4030 and DSR8030. An administrator can either use the DSR appliances through a USB 2.0 interface to upload crucial fixes or patches directly to the attached servers, or use the DSView 3 software mapping menu to make local removable media or mass storage devices appear on the remote target server. In addition to virtual media, the new version of software also allows management of Avocent CCM console management appliances for serial connectivity.

IT administrators can now learn just one software package to manage KVM over IP, serial over IP, IPMI, external power devices and now virtual media. The new version of DSView 3 software also includes client compatibility with Mozilla, Netscape and Firefox Web browsers in addition to Internet Explorer.

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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, DSR and DSView are registered trademarks of Avocent Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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