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NETSCOUT Announces Market Firsts With nGenius Two Port ATM T3/E3 Probe

September 22, 2003

Solution Offers Flexible Management of Complex ATM Networks and First Integrated ATM + LAN Configuration

WESTFORD, Mass., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NetScout Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTCT), a leading provider of enterprise-wide network performance management solutions, today announced the market's first highly-flexible ATM monitoring solution for enterprises. The nGenius(R) Two Port T3/E3 ATM Probe addresses multiple needs for enterprises in an area of the network where performance and cost-containment are critical. In addition, the new probe garners several market firsts for NetScout: First, it delivers simultaneous monitoring of two separate or two redundant wide area T3/E3 ATM circuits. Second, it delivers simultaneous monitoring of Fast Ethernet LAN and ATM WAN traffic. Third, it extends security visibility into the WAN by allowing a network-based intrusion detection system (NIDS) to use the probe as means of accessing WAN traffic. The Fast Ethernet LAN monitoring and NIDS access are made possible via NetScout's nGenius(R) Flow Director probe options.

The new probe answers a widespread need among large enterprises for cost- effective management of ATM environments. ATM is increasingly being used in connecting corporate data centers to remote offices, customers, partners and vendors. It carries critical applications traffic such as those used for customer relationship management, ordering and supply chain, and the steadily growing levels of converged traffic as more enterprises implement Voice and Video over IP. Due to their critical nature, some enterprises design their ATM networks with redundant links that add to the complexity of monitoring and management.

The new probe applies NetScout's link aggregation capability, a standard feature in NetScout's nGenius(R) solution that displays traffic from redundant links in a single view, to ATM infrastructure for the first time. For the IT manager, this feature simplifies an understanding of which traffic is being successfully delivered regardless of carrier or link. In addition, the ability to display and report on aggregate or separate ATM links is extremely valuable for evaluating and justifying the benefits of redundant circuits.

The new nGenius Two Port T3/E3 ATM Probe can also be outfitted with an nGenius Flow Director, allowing the same probe to monitor Fast Ethernet switches or inter-switch links or to provide an access point for NIDS. These cost-effective options deliver tremendous flexibility for managing today's complex networks and meeting multiple management goals without requiring multiple products.

    nGenius Two Port T3/E3 ATM Probe Benefits:
    -- Obtain complete network and application visibility into T3/E3 ATM
       circuits to streamline management and optimize performance
    -- Reveal how expensive links are utilized at different locations to
       assure top applications and top talkers are in line with business
       priorities
    -- Accurately view traffic being delivered independently and collectively
       across redundant link configurations
    -- Simultaneously monitor Fast Ethernet LAN switches or inter-switch links
    -- Extend security visibility to the edge of the network where traditional
       NIDS have lacked sensors and where breaches often originate.

"NetScout keeps upping the ante in value for its customers with each new product that is delivered on the nGenius Solution architecture, including this new ATM probe," stated Michael Howard, principal analyst of Infonetics Research. "With the ATM probe, customers actually gain the functions of more than one product--more than is typically offered in other solutions. NetScout is addressing more management issues while improving customers' ability to find cost savings in their network environments."

nGenius Probes offer high performance, real-time monitoring of all types of standard, Web-based and complex applications. They collect key performance metrics such as traffic and application utilization, conversations, error conditions, response times and go further to provide packet stream collection for detailed analysis. The probes are an integral component of the nGenius(R) Performance Management System, which uses information collected from across the enterprise to address the six key performance management disciplines of application monitoring, network monitoring, capacity planning, troubleshooting, fault prevention and service level management.

"This new probe has many exciting benefits that continue to demonstrate our CDM(TM) strategy of decreasing management data and tool clutter for the enterprise," said Michael Szabados, senior vice president of product operations for NetScout. "This first-to-market LAN/WAN ATM solution also demonstrates our commitment of delivering both features and cost-savings that solve our customers' most pressing management needs."

Pricing and Availability

The nGenius Two Port ATM Probe 9150/9160 starts at $23,995 and is available today. For additional product or ordering information about nGenius solutions, call NetScout Systems at 1-800-357-7666 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's offerings are based upon its nGenius(R) 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 other network devices. The nGenius System helps organizations increase their return on infrastructure investments by optimizing the performance of their network and applications. NetScout is headquartered in Westford, Massachusetts and has 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, the NetScout logo, and nGenius are registered trademarks of NetScout Systems, Inc. ART MIB, Because the Network is the Business, CDM, the CDM logo, MasterCare, the MasterCare logo, are trademarks of NetScout Systems, Inc. Other brands, product names and trademarks are property of their respective owners. NetScout reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to make changes at any time in its technical information and specifications, and service and support programs.

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