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NETSCOUT Announces New Linux-Based Network Performance Management Appliance

March 15, 2004

nGenius Express Appliance Delivers Ready-to-Use nGenius Solution for Linux Shops

WESTFORD, Mass., March 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NetScout Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTCT), a leading provider of enterprise-wide network and application performance management solutions, today announced the nGenius(R) Express Appliance delivered on Red Hat's Enterprise Linux operating system. The new appliance contains pre-installed nGenius(R) Performance Manager 2.0.1 software on an optimized and hardened Linux server, allowing organizations to quickly embrace the powerful performance management capabilities of NetScout's nGenius(R) Solution on a reliable, cost-effective Linux platform.

"Enterprises are embracing Linux as a best-of-both-worlds solution -- it matches the security and reliability of UNIX-based platforms with the cost and performance advantages of Intel-based platforms," said Mark Ehr, research director for Enterprise Management Associates. "As one of the first network management solution providers to support Linux, NetScout is acknowledging that Linux has become a strategic operating platform for top-tier organizations around the globe."

"Many of our customers are migrating to Linux as the preferred server operating system in their IT infrastructure," said Michael Szabados, senior vice president of product operations for NetScout Systems. "NetScout is addressing this trend by introducing a Linux version of the nGenius Express Appliance, our rapidly-deployable performance management system. This new version, in addition to the already shipping Windows-based version, gives our users the flexibility to choose the best implementation for their requirements."

The Linux-based nGenius Express Appliance is part of the nGenius Express Appliance family, which also includes a Windows-based platform. In addition to providing all the benefits of the installed nGenius Performance Manager software, the nGenius Express Appliance offers customers the convenience of an optimal hardware platform, a highly-tuned operating environment for running the nGenius Performance Manager software, and the peace of mind of a security hardened appliance.

The nGenius Solution unifies network and application performance management for the converging enterprise. NetScout's flagship application, nGenius Performance Manager, leverages the unified data made available through strategically-placed nGenius(R) Probes and NetScout's patent-pending CDM(TM) Technology to deliver consistent utilization, response time and availability metrics for application monitoring, network monitoring, capacity planning, troubleshooting, fault prevention and service level management -- all from a single, fully-integrated solution.

Pricing and Availability

The Linux-based nGenius Express Appliance will become available in April 2004, priced at $60,000, inclusive of a single nGenius Performance Manager license.

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 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 http://www.netscout.com.

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.

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