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NETSCOUT Introduces NetFlow Collector Appliance

December 01, 2004

Expands Comprehensive Product Line-Up for Managing Cisco Infrastructures

WESTFORD, Mass., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NetScout Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTCT), a leading provider of enterprise-wide network and application performance management solutions, today announced the availability of dedicated NetFlow collection and analysis capabilities with the addition of a new appliance product -- nGenius(R) Flow Collector. The new product extends the nGenius(R) Performance Management Solution for NetFlow data sources and further reduces the tool clutter in the IT management environment as part of NetScout's broader CDM initiative launched over two years ago. With the new nGenius Flow Collector, deployed in conjunction with nGenius(R) Performance Manager, customers can instrument and analyze large-scale NetFlow-enabled networks with fewer collector appliances and at a lower cost than with other NetFlow-based alternatives.

The new nGenius Flow Collector combines the highest flow collection performance in the industry, at over 100,000 flows/second and over 1 million NetFlow conversations simultaneously, and support for up to 1000 NetFlow- enabled interfaces in a single collector. NetFlow records sent to the nGenius Flow Collectors are aggregated and then analyzed by NetScout's comprehensive network and application performance management application, nGenius Performance Manager. NetScout's patent-pending CDM(TM) Technology provides the underlying architecture to map the details of the NetFlow information to the common, enterprise-wide views and reports of nGenius Performance Manager. In addition to supporting all the standard capabilities available in other NetFlow-based solutions, the nGenius Solution(R) offers the following unique capabilities:

     * A single application (nGenius Performance Manager) to support multiple
       data sources (MIB-II, Cisco NAM, NetFlow, nGenius(R) Probe). This
       allows IT managers to deploy the most appropriate instrumentation in
       specific parts of the network, depending on their performance
       management needs and budgets, yet allowing them to use the same
       console, reporting and user interface and giving them the flexibility
       to upgrade the instrumentation while still preserving existing
       investments.

     * Built-in packet analyzer for troubleshooting and planning NetFlow
       deployment and infrastructure; all other solutions require a dedicated
       third-party protocol analyzer.

     * Selective, long-term recording of NetFlow conversation records for
       forensic analysis via the nGenius(R) Flow Director option.

     * A NetFlow bypass feature that allows legacy applications (e.g. billing)
       to share the NetFlow data sources, avoiding router performance impacts
       that would otherwise be incurred to support multiple NetFlow consumers.

     * Unprecedented scalability and performance, through an embedded real-
       time operating system and unmatched configuration flexibility via the
       CDM Architecture.

     * The lowest cost of ownership, zero learning curve and small/incremental
       investment in the nGenius Flow Collector appliance for customers who
       already own the nGenius Performance Manager.

"This new offering demonstrates NetScout's commitment to leveraging all aspects of Cisco's intelligent infrastructure for optimizing network and application performance," said Michael Szabados, senior vice president of product operations for NetScout Systems. "NetFlow is a valuable data source for many applications from monitoring to capacity planning to accounting and billing, and more and more of our customers turn it on in their routers and switches. Its growing adoption justifies our increased support for it as a core component of our nGenius Performance Management Solution. With the new nGenius Flow Collector, we can better serve both those customers using NetFlow as their only instrumentation approach and those taking advantage of the full range of data sources supported through CDM(TM) Technology from MIB-II to NetFlow to NAMs to nGenius Probes."

Pricing and Availability

The nGenius Flow Collector, Model 3100, will be available within 60 days at $14,995 list. For additional product information or to order nGenius Performance Management System products, call NetScout Systems at 1-800-357- 7666 or visit our Website at 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. NetScouts 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.

(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
     flynnp@netscout.com                        netscout@schwartz-pr.com


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