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NETSCOUT Announces Eight Port Gigabit Ethernet Management Solution

September 09, 2002
       Most Cost-Effective and Simplified Approach for Troubleshooting
                    High-Density Gigabit Ethernet Networks

WESTFORD, Mass., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NetScout Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTCT) today announced the industry's first eight port Gigabit Ethernet probe, the most cost effective solution available today for troubleshooting and managing the performance of critical Gigabit Ethernet networks. The new nGenius(TM) probe demonstrates NetScout's leadership in providing extensive management support for its customer's rapidly growing Gigabit Ethernet environment and furthers its Common Data Model (CDM) strategy for reducing network management complexity for the enterprise.

Today's typical approach for troubleshooting the Gigabit core network has been to use a combination of distributed protocol analyzers connected to costly matrix switches. This approach is overly expensive, provides limited visibility of the switched network and requires multiple tools and management software systems, adding management complexity. NetScout's Eight Port Probe provides a simpler, lower cost alternative, that also provides superior visibility into multi-switch environments. In combination with NetScout's nGenius Performance Management System, customers are able to quickly troubleshoot and resolve problems as they occur, reducing exposure to lost revenue and lost employee productivity.

According to IDC research, worldwide Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch revenue grew 65% last year to over $4.6 billion. Paul Bugala, senior analyst of IDC adds, "The proliferation of Gigabit Ethernet within the enterprise has fueled the demand for greater visibility and improved control within this high-speed network core. NetScout has long led the pack in pioneering network performance management solutions, and its CDM initiative gives customers a solid foundation to seamlessly integrate all types of performance information into a common and consistent format."

"This latest product innovation complements our line-up of high- performance Gigabit Ethernet probes, and is ideally suited for flexible troubleshooting of multi-switched environments," said Michael Szabados, senior vice president of product operations, NetScout Systems, Inc. "It shares all the unique features of our Gigabit product family, including link aggregation, while complementing our two port, four port and Gigabit EtherChannel Aggregation probes which provide accurate views of high performance interswitch links in redundant and load balanced configurations."

Pricing and Availability

The nGenius Eight Port Gigabit Ethernet 9980 Probe starts at $44,995 and is planned to ship within thirty days. NetScout's family of nGenius Gigabit Ethernet probes also includes two and four port Gigabit Ethernet probes for monitoring switches and interswitch links, and the Gigabit Ethernet Aggregation probes for multi-link Gigabit EtherChannel architectures. 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.

About NetScout Systems, Inc.

NetScout Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTCT) is a market leader and pioneer of integrated network performance management solutions for leading companies and service providers worldwide. NetScout serves the Global 5000 and counts among its customers Arvin Meritor, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Cable and Wireless, Cisco Systems, China Telecom, Fidelity Investments, Getronics, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Nextel Communications, Samsung SDS, Siemens Health Services Corporation, StarBand Communications, Travelocity.com, Visa International, and Wachovia Bank. NetScout's solutions are offered through its nGenius(TM) Performance Management System, an integrated solution of advanced monitoring and reporting applications that draw on the rich performance data generated by NetScout's real-time, application-aware probes, advanced intelligent software agents and network devices. The nGenius System helps organizations increase their return on infrastructure investments by optimizing the performance of their network, applications and content. 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 http://www.netscout.com.

NetScout is a registered trademark, and the NetScout logo, nGenius, nGenius Performance Manager, nGenius Capacity Planner, nGenius Application Service Level Manager, nGenius Real-Time Monitor and nGenius Probe are trademarks of NetScout Systems, Inc. EtherChannel is a registered trademark or trademark of Cisco Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and certain other countries.

    For Further Information:
     Peggy Flynn              Dawn Sullivan or John Moran
     NetScout Systems         Schwartz Communications, Inc.
     (978) 614-4162           (781) 684-0770
     flynnp@netscout.com      netscout@schwartz-pr.com

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SOURCE NetScout Systems, Inc.
Web site: http: //www.netscout.com
CONTACT: Peggy Flynn of NetScout Systems, +1-978-614-4162, flynnp@netscout.com; or Dawn Sullivan or John Moran, both of Schwartz Communications, Inc., +1-781-684-0770, netscout@schwartz-pr.com

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