Avocent’s LANDESK Management Suite Named “Best of the Test” by Network World Magazine

Suite Continues to Receive Honors; Products and Programs Designed to Improve Customer IT Business Productivity Yielding Positive ROI

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., March 16, 2009– Avocent Corporation (Nasdaq: AVCT), a global leader in IT Operations Management, today announced that its LANDESK® Management Suite 8.8 has been named winner of Network World magazine’s “Best of the Test” in the category of systems management. Avocent’s LANDESK software has now won the prestigious “Best of the Test” award from Network World, an IDG company, twice (2009, 2007) in the past three years. In addition, the management suite has continually earned high honors from Network World’s test lab, winning Network World’s “Clear Choice Test” award reviews three consecutive years (2008, 2007 and 2006).

“Network World’s recognition of LANDESK’s Management Suite further validates that our product technology is ahead of the competition,” said Ben Grimes, CTO of Avocent. “Systems management is key to our continued commitment to seeking groundbreaking ways for our products to improve the cost-efficiency and performance across enterprise desktop environments. We are honored to once again be named as “Best in Test” for systems management.”

Network World reviewers stated, “LANDESK gave us virtually everything we wanted in a client management product -- and more. Plus, the LANDESK Management Suite's support for diverse platforms was superb. Out of the more than 150 products tested by our Lab Alliance members last year, a baker’s dozen rise to the top of the list.  They excel in performance, usability and enterprise feature functionality.” 

The 2009 "Best of the Tests" Awards were awarded by Network World to a select few products in enterprise networking categories that registered the top performance spots in its hands-on testing program during 2008: the best of the best. In all, Network World tested and reported on hundreds of enterprise products in that time frame, selecting 13 winners.

Network World is the premier source of objective, authoritative reviews in the network IT market, producing articles featuring both single-product and comparative product tests on a weekly basis. The publication taps into its 10-member Network World Lab Alliance, a group of highly qualified industry experts, network integrators, and universities, to set methodology, conduct testing, and produce the articles. Year-long testing culminates with the Best of the Tests Awards. These products are profiled in the annual Network World Best Products package in February. The Best Products issue is highlighted in a special section at http://www.networkworld.com/slideshows/2009/022309-best-products.html?ts0hb&story=ts_bott#slide1.

About Network World

Network World is the premier provider of information, intelligence and insight for Network and IT Executives. With an editorial focus on delivering news, opinion and analytical tools for key decision makers who architect, deploy and manage business solutions -- Network World offers a unique and powerful combination of audiences and resources across Online, Print and Events to meet your marketing objectives. Network World, an IDG company, publishes the leading newsweekly, Network World, hosts the most active online communities ( www.networkworld.com, www.javaworld.com, and www.demo.com), and produces educational seminars and events worldwide including IT Roadmap and DEMO.

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 www.avocent.com.

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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 the 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 27, 2009. 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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