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New Tools Help Organizations Control Spiraling Energy Costs in the Data Center, Manage Energy Demands at the Desktop and in Server Rooms, and Advance Green-IT Objectives

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., September 24, 2008 -- Avocent Corporation (NASDAQ: AVCT), a global leader in IT Operations Management, today announced multiple new offerings allowing IT managers to get spiraling energy costs under better control by making real-time energy measurements that can lead to rapid remedial actions from the desktop to the data center. Not only do these solutions help IT administrators monitor and reduce energy costs associated with the desktop, server room and data center, but they also help organizations launch or sustain their green-IT programs. Today’s move by Avocent is also a direct response to demands by IT directors and data center managers for systems that can more closely align IT objectives with strategic business objectives.

“For nearly a year, we've been using Avocent's LANDesk Management Suite to create policies that help us manage power settings on our laptops and desktops, and we're pleased with the reduced energy costs we're seeing," commented Keith Brown, Network Administrator with Gwinnett Medical Center. "We've realized that by closely managing power consumption with the LANDesk Management Suite has resulted in a significant difference to our bottom line. In healthcare, 'Going Green' not only makes a difference for the environment, but also helps streamline our resources. This leads to additional benefits and improvements in patient care, which is our ultimate goal."

“Avocent has both the power management and total remote access management solution we were looking for,” said Carlos Nieves, Data Center Manager with CompuCredit. With DSView 3 Power Manager and other Avocent solutions deployed, CompuCredit has been able to utilize a personnel model that has enabled us to cut our costs and improved our overall ability to remotely support our critical infrastructure. The robust capability and user-friendly performance of the Avocent power management and other tools has proven to be a winning combination for my organization.”

Power use and overall power management have become top concerns for many enterprises, and key considerations in the deployment of today’s newer, more powerful desktop and server solutions. Recent independent research finds that nearly 60% of data center managers are actively looking into IT solutions that help them manage costs associated with power consumption. In their efforts to control upwardly spiraling energy costs, IT managers are turning to flexible infrastructure management solutions that can address these power issues at any level, from end-node desktop systems to centralized, rack-based servers.

The three new power management-related announcements are:

• For desktops: Avocent is introducing increased power management functionality in its LANDesk® Management Suite. Existing functionality provides centralized management of power-related policies. The new customer-driven functionality, while also enabling administrators to control end-node power consumption with policies, adds new reporting features with a tool that allows administrators to understand the specific financial impact of proposed power management policies. In addition, multiple power companies offer rebates to organizations deploying the power conservation features in LANDesk Management Suite, effectively providing immediate ROI.

• For server rooms: Avocent is introducing a new line of low-cost power strips for small and medium-sized businesses. The low-cost power strips will enable cost-effective power management from any location over an IP network, and include software to allow consolidated management of multiple power strips. These products are part of Avocent’s overall vision to help make IT infrastructure of any scale more accessible and ultimately more manageable.

• For data centers: Avocent is introducing intelligent power distribution units (iPDUs) that work closely with DSView® 3 Power Manager software. The new iPDUs are unique in allowing metering of energy consumption down to the outlet level, enabling an IT manager to know exactly how much power is being consumed by any given device plugged into that outlet. The improved ability to gather and aggregate power information, regardless of location within a data center, helps managers reduce overall energy consumption costs and outages, while improving operating efficiencies.

“Enterprise management software tools need to be integrated with building management and facilities components to provide a single, unified view of the thermal and energy profile of the data center,” said Rakesh Kumar, vice president of research, Gartner. “Ideally, this should use real-time data, which can then be analyzed to show energy use trends. Also important will be the ability to use virtualization capabilities for application and virtual machine migration to shift workloads to lower-utilization periods. This will involve automated power down of servers and, subsequently, power up and workload moves.”

Each of the offerings announced allows customers improved infrastructure management and provides greater visibility and control over power-related functionality, in turn enabling more accurate planning of IT budgets and physical and virtual assets. As key components within Avocent’s overarching IT Operations Management framework, these tools help to decrease the number of uncontrollable energy variables being measured and can lead to a sustained competitive advantage.

“The rising cost of power has dramatically changed the face of enterprise IT and datacenter facilities, and we’re finding that companies reviewing the total cost of an IT asset over time are including energy expenses, and not just the initial outlay,” commented Avocent chief technology officer Ben Grimes. “With power control inside the desktop and server, power control strips for rack-based equipment, and the overarching management software layer over that equipment, we’re helping customers measure and control power consumption, as well as helping them understand overall asset costs. Our power management solutions at the desktop, server room and datacenter levels are not only cost-effective but they help IT administrators make well-informed decisions based on granular, real-time data.”

Each of the solutions announced are currently available. For more information, visit


About Avocent Corporation
Avocent delivers IT operations management solutions that reduce operating costs, simplify management and increase the availability of critical IT environments 24/7 via integrated, centralized software. Additional information is available at

Forward-looking Statements
This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements as defined within the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made, including risks associated with general economic conditions, risks attributable to future product demand, sales, and expenses, risks associated with acquisitions and acquisition integration, risks associated with product design efforts and the introduction of new products and technologies, and risks associated with obtaining and protecting intellectual property rights. Other factors that could cause operating and financial results to differ are described in our annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 21, 2008. Other risks may be detailed from time to time in reports to be filed with the SEC. Avocent does not undertake any obligation to publicly update its forward-looking statements based on events or circumstances after the date hereof.

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