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NetScout Delivers First nGenius Probe to Monitor Gigabit EtherChannel Networks

August 12, 2002

- New Solution Delivers nGenius Views of New High Bandwidth Technology -

WESTFORD, Mass., Aug. 12 -- NetScout Systems (Nasdaq: NTCT) today announced the industry's first solution for monitoring Gigabit EtherChannel(TM) networks. The new nGenius(TM) Gigabit Ethernet Aggregation Probe allows IT managers the ability to monitor these critical network segments with complete visibility into both the network and applications. It supports NetScout's recently-announced Common Data Model (CDM) initiative by seamlessly integrating performance data collected from Gigabit EtherChannel segments with other management information delivered by the nGenius system, in a common and consistent format.

Gigabit EtherChannel is new technology that provides the high bandwidth necessary to meet the demands of today's computing needs. Typical Gigabit EtherChannel configurations combine four or eight Gigabit Ethernet segments into a single, logical multi-gigabit link between two switches. This "single link" allows enterprises to increase bandwidth in the core for optimizing the delivery of applications. The new nGenius Gigabit Ethernet Aggregation Probe was specifically designed to provide seven layer monitoring and troubleshooting support for this critical new part of the network. A unique link aggregation feature of the solution provides an accurate view of how traffic and applications pass through Gigabit EtherChannel circuits while retaining the ability to manage each physical connection. Flexible configurations are available to support either four (4) or eight (8) channel circuits.

Siemens Networks Systems Limited (SNSL), a principal channel partner of NetScout's in the United Kingdom, has fulfilled multiple orders of the new nGenius Gigabit Ethernet Aggregation Probe to a large financial customer in the UK. "The nGenius Gigabit Ethernet Aggregation Probe enables customers to monitor traffic flows at an efficient point within the network," said Tony Reeve, product manager, network management for SNSL. "By deploying nGenius probes, customers improve their capabilities for troubleshooting and capacity planning. This, in turn, increases their success in maintaining appropriate service levels across the network. We are pleased to see NetScout continue its record of extending nGenius to cover critical new technologies such as Gigabit EtherChannel from a single, integrated solution."

"The large volumes of mission critical traffic being delivered across these links creates a priority for managing their performance," said Michael Szabados, senior vice president, product operations for NetScout. "Given the complexity of the core Gigabit network, the ability to monitor both the network and the applications with common and consistent information is essential to assuring effective delivery of network services across the enterprise."

Pricing and Availability

The nGenius Gigabit Ethernet Aggregation Probe starts at $83,000 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

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,, Visa International, and Wachovia Bank. NetScout's solutions are offered through its nGenius(TM) Performance Management System, an integrated suite 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

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
     NetScout Systems
     (978) 614-4162

     Dawn Sullivan or John Moran
     Schwartz Communications, Inc.
     (781) 684-0770

SOURCE: NetScout Systems, Inc.

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