Both companies already have substantial representation in IT data centers and the acquisition will help Emerson to offer total infrastructure management solutions to its data center customers. Nearly 50% of Avocent's customers are located outside the U.S. The Huntsville, Alabama, IT firm had sales of $657 million in 2008 while Emerson, headquartered in St. Louis, recorded sales of nearly $25 billion.
Emerson's Network Power unit provides several solutions to data centers ranging from power systems, energy management and precision cooling. Avocent's unified platform delivers a mix of hardware, software and embedded technologies for monitoring, managing and problem-solving in data centers.
"Combining Avocent's technologies, relationships and installed base with Emerson's power and cooling presence allows us to offer a more compelling solution to our data center customers' most pressing challenge -- energy efficiency," said David N. Farr, Emerson chairman, CEO and president, in a statement. "It furthers our customers' ability to better manage reliability, availability and lifecycle costs through a simple, yet comprehensive view of the complete data center physical infrastructure."
Emerson said its data center-related revenues were about $2.6 billion in fiscal 2008.
Citing the pending acquisition, Mike Borman, Avocent CEO, said: "Augmenting Avocent's ability to access and control the physical aspects of network devices and servers with information and knowledge of the broader power and cooling infrastructure forms a powerful combination missing today from the toolset available to data center managers."
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