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Thursday, November 18, 2004


Black Box Announces $25,000 Data Center Upgrade Contest



Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX) announced today the launch of its new Data Center Upgrade Contest. One First Prize winner will receive a data center upgrade valued up to $25,000.

Black Box is asking entrants to describe their worst data center challenge. Problems may include anything from tangled cables and closets stuffed with servers, monitors, keyboards, and mice to system downtime and poor planning.

Black Box will select one entry as the First Prize Winner and will untangle, organize, and maximize efficiency in the winner’s data center. Depending on the winner’s application, the data center upgrade may include KVM switching, storage, firewalls, routers, switches, wireless products, or virtually any of the more than 90,000 data, voice, or video networking products that are marketed and installed by Black Box.

The Second Prize, awarded to one entry selected by Black Box, is $5,000 worth of “Black Box Bucks” to be used toward a 50% discount on retail prices on Black Box® branded products.

The contest is open to corporations, schools, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and even home offices. Complete details about the contest, a Web entry form, and contest rules are available at blackbox.com. No purchase is necessary to enter; void where prohibited. Only entries submitted through this exclusive Web entry form will be considered; the contest runs through March 31, 2005.

Black Box designs and installs data, voice, and security systems, and performs ongoing maintenance to keep networks connected. Black Box also offers 24/7/365 FREE hotline Tech Support to help clients solve problems over the phone free of charge. Technical experts and Customer Sales & Service Reps are also available on-line at blackbox.com by clicking on “Talk to a Tech” or “Talk to a Sales Rep”. Inquirers will be called back within a record-setting 20 seconds or less!

Black Box is the world’s largest technical services company dedicated to designing, building, and maintaining today’s complicated network infrastructure systems. Black Box services 150,000 clients in 141 countries with 117 offices throughout the world.

Black Box and the diamond logo are registered trademarks of BB Technologies, Inc.

Investor Contact:
Black Box Corporation
Mike McAndrew
724-873-6788
Fax: 724-873-6799
E-mail: investors@blackbox.com

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