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NETSCOUT Unveils nGenius Real-Time Monitor With VoIP and VPN Traffic Monitoring

February 26, 2001
      -- nGenius System to Facilitate Deployment of Converged Networks;
     Real-Time Tools Manage Bandwidth Needs of Voice and Applications --

WESTFORD, Mass., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- NetScout Systems (Nasdaq: NTCT) today unveiled the newest addition to its nGenius(TM) Performance Management suite-nGenius(TM) Real-Time Monitor(TM) version 1.2. Now including support for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Voice over Frame Relay (VoFR) and Virtual Private Networking (VPN), nGenius Real-Time Monitor introduces real- time performance management capabilities for converged voice, video and data networks -the foundation of Voice and IP telephony infrastructures.

"There is a strong deployment of new IP telephony programs in the enterprise market," said Michael Szabados, senior vice president of product operations, NetScout Systems, Inc. "However, high quality voice transmission places great demand on the network. It requires substantial levels of bandwidth and has low-tolerance for the performance degradation that can occur in data environments. Our objective is to help our customers roll out this new technology by providing tools that optimize performance and minimize any negative impact on business applications."

"As an integrator and manager of mission-critical government systems, consistently reliable data exchange and high-quality service levels are important products to our customers," said Johnny Busby, senior network engineer for Getronics Government Solutions. "Intelligent networks play a strategic role in our ability to deliver these services. As Getronics begins to embrace innovations in technology like VoIP and VPN, we anticipate that forward-thinking products like NetScout's will provide us with the necessary insight to boost our customer's confidence in the network services we provide."

nGenius Real-Time Monitor

The nGenius Real-Time Monitor 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 voice, video and data traffic from the Web site to the back-office, allowing IT staff to detect and analyze traffic performance issues before they affect the end-user. The product also offers packet-level analysis for fast resolution of complex problems.

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 network and application performance, NetScout probes deliver unmatched visibility into the network.

    nGenius Real-Time Monitor consists of four main components:

    -- Traffic Monitor - provides real-time fault isolation and performance
      monitoring for staying ahead of potential problems.  Traffic Monitor
      also offers new drill-down screens for RTP audio and video;
    -- Packet Analyzer - enables rapid packet capture and decoding for
      advanced troubleshooting;
    -- Performance Monitor - offers application and Web performance monitoring
      for optimal service, including:
       * Application Response Time (ART) MIB option - measures the response
         time of application conversations on the network
       * Content Response Time (CRT) MIB option - monitors and reports on Web
         site traffic and volume of traffic by URL, response time of content
         delivered to end-users, and HTTP status codes and error conditions.
    -- nGenius Server - a scalable and sharable server for fast, easy and
      secure system configuration.

In a separate announcement today, NetScout also unveiled a host of enhancements with upgrades for its probe line, including VoIP, VoFR and VPN data extensions that work directly with nGenius Real-Time Monitor version 1.2. Customers with MasterCare Service will automatically receive upgrades, in accordance to their service agreements.

Pricing and Availability

nGenius Real-Time Monitor Version 1.2 is available today for $15,000 per server.

nGenius Real-Time Monitor Plus Version 1.2, which includes Performance Monitor, is available today for $50,000 per server.

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, Amazon.com, 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'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 application-aware probes, advanced intelligent software agents, and network devices. NetScout's products help 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. 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 www.netscout.com

NetScout is a registered trademark, and the NetScout logo, nGenius, nGenius Real-Time Monitor, nGenius Probe are trademarks of NetScout Systems, Inc.
SOURCE NetScout Systems, Inc.
Web site: http: //www.netscout.com
CONTACT: Ed Daly, 978-614-6037, edaly@miller.shandwick.com, or Chris Penesis, 617-351-4119, cpenesis@miller.shandwick.com, both of Miller/Shandwick Technologies; or Peggy Flynn, 978-614-4162, flynnp@netscout.com, or Kristen Bala, 617-351-4161, balak@netscout.com, both of NetScout Systems

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