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NETSCOUT Expands into Network Forensic Analysis with nGenius Flow Recorder

December 20, 2004

WESTFORD, Mass., Dec 20, 2004 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- NetScout Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTCT), a leading provider of enterprise-wide network and application performance management products and solutions, today unveiled new forensic and audit trail capabilities with the nGenius(R) Flow Recorder, a security- hardened, Linux-based appliance that provides high-performance recording and analysis of network traffic. Deployed as part of NetScout's nGenius(R) System product family, the nGenius Flow Recorder complements NetScout's existing enterprise-wide performance management with advanced analysis of extended, continuous full-payload trace recordings.

One of NetScout's first customers using the new product is Hamburger Sparkasse, the largest savings bank in Germany with over 200 branches across Hamburg and the surrounding region. Hamburger Sparkasse is using the nGenius Flow Recorder to record and analyze voice and data streams in their corporate local and wide area networks.

NetScout's nGenius(R) Solution offers the broadest data collection and analysis capabilities delivered under a unified network and application performance management architecture. The nGenius Flow Recorder extends the nGenius Solution's troubleshooting capabilities to help customers reconstruct events where extended recording and analysis of full packet payloads is needed to diagnose intermittent traffic problems. The payload recording capabilities also support emerging requirements such as application profiling, policy compliance auditing, and transaction reconstruction.

Highlights of the nGenius Flow Recorder include:
     * Application reconstruction and playback for transaction-level
       troubleshooting and compliance monitoring of IP voice and Web
       application sessions;
     * Proactive scanning of recorded traffic using signature analysis,
       protocol semantic analysis and traffic pattern analysis to identify
       problems in network and application activity;
     * Analyses and audits of traffic filtered by logical network definitions
       such as VLANs, DLCIs and PVCs;
     * Open architecture that provides trace export for processing by external
       applications such as intrusion detection systems or protocol analyzers;
     * Cost-effective configuration options for covering multiple switch ports
       and/or LAN/WAN network links with a single appliance;
     * Up to 2.8 Terabytes of internal trace data storage, with a dual-port
       SAN interface option for further capacity.

The nGenius Flow Recorder offers many unique features that are not available in any current offerings in the market, including the broadest range of topology support for recording and playback of traffic from WAN links (POS, ATM, HSSI, T1/E1, T3/E3, etc.) and load shared 10/100/1000 LAN links, filtering of noise from the recorded data, and quick graphical drilldowns and reports of problem domains for needle-in-the-haystack analysis. It can also be used for extended recording and analysis of flow conversation records, such as NetFlow, when used in conjunction with nGenius(R) Probes or NetScout's recently announced nGenius(R) Flow Collector.

"This introduction marks an important evolution in NetScout's offerings, adding our first dedicated product for advanced, payload-based analysis," said Michael Szabados, senior vice president of product operations for NetScout Systems. "The nGenius Flow Recorder will help our customers deal with increased accountability and auditing demands and the always-present need to minimize restoration time for critical applications and network links. As such, this new product represents a strong complement to our existing enterprise-wide performance management offerings."

Pricing and Availability

The nGenius Flow Recorder is currently shipping and starts at $35,000 list. For additional product information or to order nGenius(R) Performance Management System products, call NetScout Systems at 1-800-357-7666 or visit

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 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

(C)2004 NetScout Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. 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.

For Further Information:
     Peggy Flynn                        Dawn Sullivan
     NetScout Systems                   Schwartz Communications, Inc.
     (978) 614-4162                     (781) 684-0770      

SOURCE NetScout Systems, Inc.

Peggy Flynn of NetScout Systems, +1-978-614-4162,; or Dawn
Sullivan of Schwartz Communications, Inc., +1-781-684-0770,
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