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NETSCOUT Announces New Probes For Managing Gigabit Ethernet Traffic Over Copper

January 27, 2003

New Probes Allow Easy Extension of nGenius Solution During Network Upgrades

WESTFORD, Mass., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NetScout Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTCT) today announced the addition of new nGenius(R) Gigabit Ethernet over Copper Probes. The new probes address the need for network management in facilities where enterprises have upgraded their network from Fast Ethernet to Gigabit Ethernet, yet want to leverage their existing twisted pair cabling through the upgrade. Retaining existing resources such as copper cabling is another way in which enterprises can save money in today's cost-conscious era. The new probes continue NetScout's mission of assuring performance across complex environments under its CDM(TM) (common data model) strategy for reducing network management complexity for the enterprise. NetScout is exhibiting at this year's COMNET event being held in Washington, D.C., January 27-30, and invites attendees to Booth #540 for live demonstrations of nGenius Performance Manager 1.4 with traffic monitoring using nGenius Gigabit Ethernet Probes.

The nGenius Gigabit Ethernet 9900 Probes over Copper provide continuous, non-intrusive, real-time visibility into the status of Gigabit Ethernet networks and the business services they support. They collect key performance metrics such as traffic and application utilization, conversations, error conditions, response time and data captures. nGenius probe information is displayed via NetScout's flagship performance management application, nGenius Performance Manager 1.4.

nGenius Performance Manager is a unified performance management solution that is advancing the state of network management by innovating new levels of data and tool integration. nGenius Performance Manager utilizes a simplified management architecture that allows enterprises to address performance across the enterprise with superior information and greater ease. It delivers consistent utilization, response time and availability metrics for the entire life cycle of planning and problem solving. Using nGenius Performance Manager, IT managers can address troubleshooting, fault management, network monitoring, application monitoring, capacity planning and service level management from a single, integrated solution.

The new probes are offered in multiple configurations with options for two, four and eight ports. Key features include:

    -- Monitors key performance metrics such as response times and utilization
       over Gigabit Ethernet LANs and VLANs.
    -- Measures specific application usage for traffic engineering or policy
       enforcement.
    -- Troubleshoots high-speed Gigabit Ethernet switches by connecting to the
       switch-analyzer ports, roving full application layer analysis to the
       problem port.
    -- Monitors the performance of full duplex Interswitch Links.
    -- Offers accurate traffic utilization data with unique ability to
       aggregate traffic between two load-sharing Gigabit Ethernet Links.
    -- Provides continuous visibility during fail-overs and supports aggregate
       views of Gigabit Ethernet links in redundant configurations.

"NetScout continues to deliver products that build on the nGenius offering as a core management tool for enterprises," said Paul Bugala, senior analyst for Network and Service Management at IDC. "With probes for the LAN, WAN and SAN, and increasing capabilities for reducing stovepipes of performance data, nGenius can help customers monitor network health, enterprise-wide."

"Gigabit Ethernet networks carry significant portions of business traffic and therefore are considered extremely critical to monitor and manage," said Jim Frey, vice president of marketing for NetScout. "Our customers are prioritizing deployment of nGenius in these environments and with the introduction of these new probes, we are continuing our record of meeting their needs for achieving visibility and control in their high speed LANs."

Pricing and Availability

The nGenius Gigabit Ethernet over Copper 9900 Probes start at $21,995 and are available today. NetScout's family of nGenius Gigabit Ethernet Probes also includes two-, four- and 8-port Gigabit Ethernet Probes for monitoring switches and interswitch links for both copper and single or multimode fiber optic media, as well as Gigabit Ethernet Aggregation Probes for multi-link Gigabit EtherChannel configurations. 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'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 and the NetScout logo, and nGenius are registered trademarks of NetScout Systems, Inc. ART MIB, Because the Network is the Business, CDM and the CDM logo, and MasterCare and 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.

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

SOURCE NetScout Systems, Inc.

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