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NETSCOUT Announces nGenius Real-Time Monitor 1.3

October 10, 2001

WESTFORD, Mass., Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- NetScout Systems (Nasdaq: NTCT), the leading provider of network performance management solutions, today announced availability of enhancements to its core nGenius(TM) real-time network performance management solution, nGenius Real-Time Monitor(TM). The new nGenius Real-Time Monitor version 1.3 contains additional features and advancements in performance and ease-of-use that further demonstrate NetScout's commitment to innovate and simplify network performance management for very large, complex network environments.

nGenius Real-Time Monitor is used by more than 3,000 organizations worldwide to optimize network and application performance, deliver service assurance and identify network inefficiencies through clearer views and better understanding of network behavior. nGenius Real-Time Monitor is sold directly through NetScout and NetScout partners worldwide, including through Cisco Systems' CiscoWorks2000 Routed WAN and LAN Management Solutions.

The enhancements accelerate network troubleshooting for IT managers, which is vital to meeting the demands of users and ensuring the performance of mission-critical applications. New capabilities include both faster retrieval of captured traffic data and faster delivery of desired screens of information. In addition, smart data reduction and filtering allow more useful information to be collected and stored.

This latest release expands access to critical traffic information with support for new Cisco Catalyst switches, decoding for additional protocols, increased flexibility in manipulating display screens and recorded traffic data and support for Packet over SONET networks. It complements NetScout's recently announced probe for Packet over SONET OC3 and OC12 networks.

To increase ease-of-installation, the new solutions automatically perform checks for nGenius system software revisions and security configuration. The displays have been enhanced with intuitive highlighting and pointers, which are particularly important in troubleshooting complex problems. Users also have a simpler way of navigating among multiple task modules, such as a one- click drill-down from traffic monitoring to packet analysis.

"In this newest release of nGenius Real-Time Monitor we have implemented both planned enhancements and responded to new user requirements that have occurred with changing market conditions," said Michael Szabados, senior vice president of Product Operations, NetScout Systems. "Our initial user feedback is very positive."

Pricing and Availability

nGenius Real-Time Monitor v1.3 is priced at $50,000 per server and is available immediately. For additional product or ordering information about nGenius solutions, call NetScout Systems at 1-800-657-7666 or visit our Website http://www.netscout.com.

For MasterCare Customers

NetScout MasterCare Support customers will receive v1.3 upgrades under their support contracts. MasterCare is NetScout Systems' comprehensive support program that provides technical assistance, hardware repair services, and the latest software and firmware upgrades. Customers worldwide choose to protect their investment with MasterCare Gold and Platinum support. For more information, go to http://www.netscout.com/support/support_programs.htm.

About nGenius

NetScout's nGenius(TM) Performance Management System helps organizations increase their return on infrastructure investments by optimizing the performance of their network and its ability to deliver applications and content to end-users. It delivers comprehensive, integrated performance information generated by NetScout's line of application-aware probes and active agents, plus network devices.

NetScout's nGenius Real-Time Monitor is a software solution that measures Web and application performance and troubleshoots network problems - all in real-time - before they affect the end-user. It also continuously tracks and analyzes voice, video and data traffic and conducts packet-level analysis. nGenius Real-Time Monitor integrates the high-quality performance information gathered by NetScout's application-aware probes, to provide unparalleled visibility and control of your network.

About NetScout Systems

NetScout Systems, Inc. is the leading provider of network performance management solutions for leading companies and service providers worldwide. NetScout serves approximately half of the Fortune 500 and counts among its customers 3M Corporation, AT&T Wireless, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cable & Wireless, Cisco Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation, Exenet Technologies, Fidelity Investments, Intel Online, MCI, Reed Elsevier, Sprint, Sun Microsystems and Webhire. NetScout is headquartered in Westford, Massachusetts and has approximately 350 employees, with offices in North America, Europe and Asia. Further information on the company is available on the World Wide Web at http://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 and nGenius Probe are trademarks of NetScout Systems, Inc.

     For Further Information:
     Peggy Flynn
     NetScout Systems
     (978) 614-4162
     flynnp@netscout.com

     Dustin Smith or Dan Sarro
     Schwartz Communications, Inc.
     (781) 684-0770
     netscout@schwartz-pr.com

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SOURCE NetScout Systems
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CONTACT: Peggy Flynn of NetScout Systems, +1-978-614-4162, flynnp@netscout.com; or Dustin Smith or Dan Sarro, +1-781-684-0770, netscout@schwartz-pr.com, both of Schwartz Communications, Inc.

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