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Data Center Visibility Challenges

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Avocent Corporation (NASDAQ: AVCT), a global leader in IT Operations Management, today revealed results of an independent survey that showed companies are seeking better visibility into their data center operations to help mitigate business continuity challenges, better manage virtualized systems and applications, and control power consumption and overall complexity.

The survey was conducted in spring 2008 by Actionable Research, Inc. for Avocent and polled 299 executives and IT managers in the U.S. in manufacturing, high technology, retail, banking, healthcare, education and government, asking them what they found to be the top challenges in aligning IT with business objectives.

Our survey confirms that businesses are indeed challenged most by the need to effectively manage the increased complexity in today’s data centers, while at the same time keeping networks running smoothly, and power consumption costs down,” said Ben Grimes, Avocent CTO and vice president of corporate strategy. “The findings further tell us that many administrators lack the tools they need to properly manage power usage in data centers – only 55% say they can monitor power usage today, and even then it’s mostly at the UPS level. These statistics show there’s a huge opportunity to improve overall data center management and a strong desire to implement ‘Green IT’ solutions.”

Avocent Corp.