Avocent to Deliver Digital Video

Allows government users to switch between computers without compromising security

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - March 7, 2006 - Avocent Corporation (NASDAQ: AVCT) today announced the Avocent SwitchView® SC8 DVI KVM switch, the first secure switch to provide dual digital video connections in each of its eight ports. This new switch, along with Avocent's other SwitchView SC switch appliances, are the industry's only secure KVM switches approved by the National Information Alliance Partnership (NIAP) agency.

The SwitchView SC8 DVI KVM switch allows users to safely access data from as many as eight computers operating at various levels of classification while switching from just one keyboard, monitor and mouse. Security analysts can use dual monitor digital video (DVI) to better view maps, satellite images, detailed drawings, schematics and other sensitive data along with their normal text based applications stored on different computers.

"Our government customers are increasingly challenged to find ways to provide access to information while also keeping it protected," said Dave Perry, executive vice president, Avocent. "Our secure switches simplify how users access information without compromising network security."
Each fully secure channel, isolated to over 60db, supports dual DVI -I video connections that provide 2560 x 1600 video resolution - the highest available in a secure KVM switch. The switch features custom -designed encrypted internal firmware made in the U.S., automatically clears the keyboard buffer immediately after data is transmitted through the switch so no data is ever left in the switch, and uses standard PS/2 protocol to avoid detection by external devices.
"Avocent is pleased to continue to help our customers achieve their goals more efficiently and more securely," said Perry.

The SwitchView SC8 DVI switch is NIAP Common Criteria validated to EAL 4, as are all Avocent SwitchView SC KVM switches. Avocent is a GSA schedule contractor, number GS -35F0264K.

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.

*NIAP is a collaboration between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Security Agency (NSA) in fulfilling their respective responsibilities under PL 100 -235 (Computer Security Act of 1987). The partnership combines the extensive IT security experience of both agencies to promote the development of technically sound security requirements for IT products and systems and appropriate measures for evaluating those products and systems.

Avocent, the Avocent logo, The Power of Being There, and SwitchView are registered trademarks of Avocent Corporation or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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