NETSCOUT Unveils nGenius Capacity Planner v3.0

07 May 2001

WESTFORD, Mass., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- NetScout Systems (Nasdaq: NTCT), today unveiled nGenius Capacity Planner(TM) version 3.0, which helps IT professionals leverage the value of their deployed network resources and improve the effectiveness of future network investments. The nGenius Capacity Planner v3.0 is distinguished by the visibility it provides into the applications flows that drive network traffic up, beyond acceptable levels for the infrastructure. This new information gives IT professionals greater options during capacity planning by creating visibility into opportunities for alternatives-such as situations warranting usage policies, or bandwidth problems caused by unwieldy applications. The new version also features customized, newspaper-style reports that are delivered via the Web.

The new nGenius Capacity Planner profiles and predicts application, network and device traffic patterns, and delivers the results through a common interface. It delivers the rich, applications-centric information generated by NetScout's market leading probes, along with traditional information gathered via the network and SNMP-manageable devices.

"The new version of nGenius Capacity Planner allows us to save money by making faster and more informed decisions about reallocating and upgrading our network capacity, whether it be for bandwidth or network devices," said Tom Heim, senior network specialist for TDS TELECOM. "Not only can I tell if I have high utilization on a given link, but I can also see why, since it shows me which applications are running across that link. Another benefit is that I have both application and device reporting in a single application."

"This is another step forward in the development of our integrated performance management suite," said Michael Szabados, senior vice president of product operations for NetScout Systems. "We have taken this step to ensure continuity of superior performance information between all nGenius products. This integration makes our real time and historical solutions that much more meaningful for our customers. Continuity of data is a very tangible example of the gains that can be derived from leaving multi-vendor point tools in favor of an integrated solution."

New features of the Genius Capacity Planner v3.0 include:

-- Comprehensive, easy-to-read newspaper-style reports: Application, network and device traffic patterns can be displayed in multiple levels of granularity to tailor information according to specific readers. Top-level reports show the most utilized network segments and further identify how bandwidth is being used.

-- Easily and quickly create custom, newspaper-style reports: IT staff can create customized reports on their own, unlike other products that require professional services. The "NewsEditor" wizard leads users through five easy steps to create custom Newspapers. Newspapers can be personalized to reflect reader ownership.

-- nGenius NewsStand(TM) offers secure, Web-based distribution: The nGenius NewsStand provides an effective architecture for distributing multiple reports to a large number of readers via the Web. A key benefit of nGenius NewsStand is its ability to reside near both local and remote readers, either inside or outside a firewall. This enables accessibility of the reports to all readers while preserving performance and security. Partitioned views of Newspapers in secure Web sites shows readers only what they are supposed to see.

nGenius System Demonstrated at NetWorld+Interop

The nGenius System, including nGenius Real-Time Monitor(TM), nGenius Capacity Planner(TM), nGenius Application Service Level Manager, and the nGenius NewsStand will be demonstrated at NetWorld+Interop, Las Vegas, May 8- 10, 2001 at NetScout's booth #7063.

Pricing and Availability

nGenius Capacity Planner is available today for $50,000 per server. It includes a local NewsStand plus offers full support for the nGenius NewStand for remote Web servers. nGenius Capacity Planner offers support for NetScout probes and network devices.

nGenius Capacity Planner for Probes is available today, shipping with a local NewsStand for $25,000 per server. nGenius Capacity Planner offers support for NetScout Probes.

nGenius NewsStand for remote Web servers is available today starting at $25,000 per server.

About nGenius

NetScout's nGenius(TM) Performance Management System is a market-leading suite of monitoring and reporting applications that draw on rich, integrated performance data generated by NetScout's line of application-aware probes and active agents, plus network devices. The nGenius 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.

About NetScout Systems

NetScout Systems, Inc. is the leading provider of infrastructure 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 360 employees, with offices in North America, Europe and Asia. Further information on the company is available on the World Wide Web at

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

     Peggy Flynn/
     Marci Flaherty
     NetScout Systems
     (978) 614-4162
     (978) 614-4371

     Todd Van Hoosear
     Chris Penesis
     Miller/Shandwick Technologies
     (617) 351-4190
     (617) 351-4119

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