NETSCOUT and Foundry Offer Integrated Solution for Performance Monitoring And Management

14 Jul 2003

NetScout's CDM Adaptor Integrates sFlow Information from Foundry Switches into nGenius Solution that Unifies Network and Application Performance Across the Enterprise

WESTFORD, Mass., July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NetScout Systems (Nasdaq: NTCT), a leading provider of enterprise-wide performance management solutions and Foundry Networks(R) Inc. (Nasdaq: FDRY), a leading provider of high-performance switches, routers and Web traffic management solutions, today announced they are offering an integrated network monitoring and management solution that will enhance IT managers' abilities to proactively monitor and optimize network and application performance.

The two companies recently completed testing of the joint solution at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), which used NetScout's new CDM(TM) Adaptor for sFlow to collect and integrate sFlow into real-time displays and reports generated by NetScout's nGenius(R) Performance Management System. Using NetScout's patent-pending CDM technology, the adaptor enables the statistics to be unified with other network traffic flow information within the nGenius solution, providing IT managers with efficient and highly-integrated views of network and application performance. sFlow is a proposed IETF standard for scalable traffic monitoring and measurement in a packet-switched network.

The CDM Adaptor for sFlow will ship with NetScout's nGenius(R) Performance Manager 2.0 and nGenius(R) Probe Firmware 6.0. In addition to sFlow records, the nGenius solution will collect and integrate other performance metrics from Foundry switches and routers such as mini-RMON and MIBII interface statistics. NetScout's CDM technology maps performance data from many different types of sources into a consistent structure, allowing organizations to extend the value of their device data by putting it into the context of the entire network and the business services being delivered.

"In the absence of standards for flow-based statistics, NetScout is providing a much needed platform for recognizing the various types of information generated from infrastructure devices," said Kevin Walsh, director of the Network Performance Reference Laboratory at SDSC. "sFlow is a standard feature on Foundry Jetcore(TM) devices that reveals conversation-level details. With the use of this adaptor, IT managers will have a common platform for utilizing this information along with complementary information collected by NetScout probes and other sources."

"This solution will provide IT managers a simplified and more comprehensive window for viewing their network and application performance," said Ken Cheng, vice president and general manager of Foundry's Enterprise business unit. "The combination of NetScout's technology with sFlow offers customers an attractive and cost-effective way to implement high-speed network and application monitoring, capacity planning, fault prevention and resolution, and service level management."

"Foundry Networks is leading the adoption of sFlow as a standard. Together, we're now offering our customers even greater returns on their existing infrastructure investments," said Bruce Sweet, vice president of business development at NetScout. "CDM Adaptors are an integral part of our strategy to provide a more simplified, clutter free environment that helps IT managers cost-effectively optimize delivery of mission-critical networked applications."

Pricing and Availability

The CDM Adaptor for sFlow will begin shipping with NetScout's nGenius Performance Manager 2.0 and nGenius Probe Firmware 6.0 releases this month. There is no additional cost to customers for these new features. For additional information about nGenius solutions, call NetScout Systems at 1-800-357-7666 or visit our Website at sFlow capability is included in Foundry's complete line of high performance switching and routing products.

About NetScout Systems, Inc.

NetScout Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTCT) is a market leader and pioneer of integrated network performance management products that unify performance across the enterprise. NetScout's nGenius(R) Performance Management System is helping more than 3000 leading companies increase their return on infrastructure investments by optimizing the performance of networks and applications according to business priorities. NetScout is headquartered in Westford, Massachusetts and has offices worldwide. Further information is available at

About Foundry Networks, Inc.

Foundry Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: FDRY) is a leading provider of high- performance enterprise and service provider switching, routing and Web traffic management solutions including Layer 2/3 LAN switches, Layer 3 Backbone switches, Layer 4 - 7 Web switches and Metro Routers. Foundry's 5,800 customers include the world's premier ISPs, Metro service providers, and enterprises including e-commerce sites, universities, entertainment, health and wellness, government, financial, and manufacturing companies. For more information about the company and its products, call 1.888.TURBOLAN or visit

About the San Diego Supercomputer Center

SDSC is a research unit of the University of California, San Diego that specializes in high-performance computing, networking, data management, and scientific applications that depend on advanced simulations and data analyses. SDSC is home to several nationally known networking research groups, including the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA), the National Laboratory for Applied Network research (NLANR), and Network Performance Reference Laboratory. SDSC is funded by the National Science Foundation, other government agencies, the State of California, the University of California, and private organizations. For more information, visit or contact Greg Lund at 858-534-8314.

Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Investors are cautioned that statements in this press release which are not strictly historical statements, including the plans, objectives and future financial performance of NetScout, constitute forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties associated with the company's strategic relationships with Cisco Systems and other partners, dependence upon broad-based acceptance of the company's network performance management solutions, the company's ability to achieve and maintain a high rate of growth, introduction and market acceptance of new products and product enhancements such as the delivery of nGenius(R) product platform probes and software solutions and the implementation of the Company's CDM(TM) Technology strategy, the ability of NetScout to take advantage of service provider opportunities, competitive pricing pressures, reliance on sole source suppliers, successful expansion and management of direct and indirect distribution channels, and dependence on proprietary technology, as well as risks associated with a continued climate of tight IT spending, and risks of further slowdowns or downturns in economic conditions generally and in the market for network performance management solutions specifically. For a more detailed description of the risk factors associated with the company, please refer to the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003, on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NetScout assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.

NetScout and the NetScout logo, and nGenius are registered trademarks of NetScout Systems, Inc. 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. Foundry Networks and Jetcore are trademarks or registered trademarks of Foundry Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All others are trademarks of their respective owners.

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