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NETSCOUT Delivers Market First for Optimizing Application Performance in WAN Environments Using Inverse Multiplexing Over ATM

July 19, 2004
nGenius Solution Provides First Look into IMA Segments and Applications; Customers Reap IMA Cost Savings without Sacrificing Manageability

WESTFORD, Mass., Jul 19, 2004 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- NetScout Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTCT), a leading provider of enterprise-wide network and application performance management solutions, today announced the market's first solution for optimizing the performance of applications in wide area networks using Inverse Multiplexing over ATM (IMA) technology. Delivered via NetScout's new nGenius(R) T1/E1 IMA Probes and NetScout's nGenius(R) Performance Manager v2.0, the new solution allows enterprises to effectively monitor, troubleshoot and report on the performance of applications being delivered across IMA links, as well as manage the performance of those links in conjunction with the rest of the network.

IMA technology offers enterprises network cost savings by introducing additional speed choices in between T1/E1 and T3/E3 connections by combining multiple, lower speed lines into one larger, logical link. Network traffic is balanced across the multiple segments and recombined at either end. Because of this, IMA technology creates a blind spot for application performance management.

Financial Partners, Inc., an IT and other business services outsourcing department for independent Farm Credit associations coast to coast, uses the nGenius Solution to manage its business-critical applications being delivered across IMA circuits to Farm Credit branches located from Maine to California.

"We switched to an IMA service to save costs, but we lost visibility and control over applications in the transition," said Jim Mileski, systems administrator for Financial Partners. "After installing the nGenius IMA Probe, we immediately saw all of the applications that were active on the segments. We discovered unsanctioned streaming traffic that was straining network resources by almost 40 percent. We also saw bulk emails that contributed to bandwidth pressure. Using nGenius, we were also able to correctly prioritize application traffic for the first time and understand how the network resources were actually being consumed, enabling us to make better purchasing and network allocation decisions."

Financial Partners also shares nGenius Performance Manager's NewsPaper reports with each individual Farm Credit CEO to ensure bandwidth is being utilized properly across multiple locations and application performance is always at its best.

The nGenius T1/E1 IMA Probe comes with flexible deployment options to monitor 4- port or 8-port IMA configurations, or as many as 8 individual ATM circuits. The probe further extends the reach of NetScout's unique CDM(TM) Technology, which provides consistent utilization, responsiveness and availability metrics regardless of the data source or business services being monitored. This approach allows organizations to consolidate and simplify network and application performance management across the enterprise.

"We are committed to delivering consistent and comprehensive views of applications services, regardless of technology used in the WAN," said Michael Szabados, senior vice president of product operations for NetScout. "This first-to-market IMA capability allows our users to maintain visibility and control as they introduce new technologies into their network, and underscores NetScout's responsiveness to emerging customer needs."

Pricing and Availability

The nGenius T1/E1 Probe starts at $22,995 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 and application performance management products and solutions 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. 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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     Peggy Flynn                   Dawn Sullivan
     NetScout Systems              Schwartz Communications, Inc.
     (978) 614-4162                (781) 684-0770
     flynnp@netscout.com           netscout@schwartz-pr.com

SOURCE NetScout Systems, Inc.

Peggy Flynn of NetScout Systems, +1-978-614-4162,
flynnp@netscout.com; or Dawn Sullivan of Schwartz Communications, Inc.,
+1-781-684-0770, netscout@schwartz-pr.com
http://www.netscout.com
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