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NETSCOUT Unlocks the Power of Network Performance With the New nGenius System

September 18, 2000
Single-Source e-Business Performance Management Solution Fuses Premier Technologies from NetScout and Recently Acquired NextPoint Networks

WESTFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 18, 2000-- NetScout Systems (NASDAQ: NTCT), the leading provider of network and application performance management solutions, today unveiled three new nGenius(TM) products- creating an unparalleled, single-source solution for managing e-business infrastructure performance.

Combining best-of-breed technologies from NetScout and recently acquired NextPoint Networks, the nGenius System is now comprised of the nGenius Application Service Level Manager(TM), the nGenius Real-Time Monitor(TM), and the nGenius Capacity Planner(TM). Available through a highly competitive and simplified pricing model, these products work together to keep a company's critical e-business network and its applications up and running at maximum performance.

Today's announcement comes quickly on the heels of NetScout's July acquisition of NextPoint Networks. Working together under an aggressive timetable for successful integration and product delivery, NetScout is shipping the new system today with plans for additional product offerings in the upcoming months.

"This is tremendous news for us," said Eloy Campos, senior network analyst of Chiquita Brands Inc. "By folding NextPoint's capabilities into NetScout's nGenius System, we will finally have an opportunity to evaluate a single source solution for managing the performance of our network. We hope the combined solution will enable us to better understand and monitor network operations such as real-time monitoring and validating service levels as we plan and expand our international IT infrastructure."

"When we first announced our acquisition of NextPoint Networks, our overriding goal was to take the core competencies from both companies and fuse them into one unique solution," said Michael Szabados, vice president of marketing, NetScout Systems. "Today's announcement is further evidence that, together, NetScout and NextPoint make a great fit - now and in the future."

nGenius Application Service Level Manager(TM)

The nGenius Application Service Level Manager(TM) gives e-businesses the tools they need to compare application performance against specified business goals. Continuously measuring application and network response time, the nGenius Application Service Level Manager offers IT and business managers a practical way to proactively manage the online business experience.

Synthetic Transactions(TM) -- the key technical component of the nGenius Application Service Level Manager - provide a flexible and powerful way to track application performance. NetScout's Active Agent technology simulates end-user transactions around-the clock. A single agent can represent multiple end-users, providing a cost-effective approach to tracking complex business transactions.

nGenius Real-Time Monitor(TM)

The nGenius Real-Time Monitor(TM) gives IT managers a comprehensive set of tools to maintain Web and application performance in addition to troubleshooting network problems - all in real-time. The nGenius Real-Time Monitor continuously tracks both front- and back-office applications, allowing IT staff to detect and analyze traffic issues before they affect the end-user. The product also offers packet-level analysis for fast resolution of complex problems.

The nGenius Real-Time Monitor relies on NetScout's application-aware probes to provide the critical information needed to instantly identify problems. Based on industry standards and designed specifically for monitoring the performance of applications distributed networks, NetScout probes deliver unmatched visibility into the network.

nGenius Capacity Planner(TM)

The nGenius Capacity Planner(TM) gives businesses a forecasting solution for building and budgeting corporate networks according to their organizational needs. The nGenius Capacity Planner profiles and predicts on network and application traffic patterns by analyzing a rich collection of data sources, revealing timely, accurate and resource-saving information.

The nGenius Capacity Planner reports on data from all points in the network including network devices such as routers and servers, and NetScout's application-aware probes. Only NetScout probes deliver critical information on network bandwidth consumption by application and user - tracking the overall traffic patterns of critical business applications.

Pricing and Availability

nGenius Application Service Level Manager is available today for $50,000 per server or $250,000 for an enterprise site license.

nGenius Real-Time Monitor is available today for $50,000 per server or $250,000 for an enterprise site license.

nGenius Capacity Planner is available today for $50,000 per server or $400,000 for an enterprise site license.

About NetScout Systems

NetScout Systems, Inc. is the leading provider of network and application performance management solutions for service providers, e-business customers and large enterprises worldwide. NetScout's hardware and software solutions are deployed globally in industries such as e-commerce, finance, healthcare, government, and manufacturing. NetScout serves approximately half of the Fortune 500 and counts among its customers 3M Corporation, AT&T, Datek Online, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Amazon.com, Webhire, Intel Online, Fidelity Investments, Xerox and Sun Microsystems.

NetScout's solutions are based on its nGenius (TM) Performance Management System which uses the rich set of application traffic information collected by NetScout's instrumentation and Active Agents to help organizations reduce time-to-market, increase return on investment and improve service level response time. NetScout is headquartered in Westford, Massachusetts and has approximately 320 employees, with offices in North America, Europe and Asia. Further information on the company is available on the World Wide Web at www.netscout.com

NetScout is a registered trademark, and the NetScout logo, nGenius, nGenius Application Service Level Manager, nGenius Real-Time Monitor, nGenius Capacity Planner are trademarks of NetScout Systems, Inc.
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