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NETSCOUT and Evident to Deliver Cost Intelligence for Major Outsourcing, Utility Computing and Application Delivery Programs

June 07, 2004
Enterprises Deploying Global IT Cost Control Require Scalable, In-Depth Information

WESTFORD, Mass. and BLOOMFIELD, N.J., Jun 7, 2004 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- NetScout(R) Systems (Nasdaq: NTCT), a leading provider of enterprise-wide performance management solutions, and Evident(R) Software Inc., a leading provider of IT cost analysis solutions, today announced a new agreement to jointly deliver IT demand and cost analysis solutions for large, distributed IT infrastructures. The combined solution will provide large enterprises scalable, in-depth usage and cost analysis for strategic outsourcing, utility computing and application services delivery programs.

Large global organizations in public and private sectors continue to require increased management control and accountability of IT utilization, cost and performance. By transitioning from fixed, overprovisioned resources to a demand-based model, enterprises can often achieve a lower, variable-cost infrastructure. A necessary precursor to attaining such variable-cost infrastructures is baselining IT demand and cost analysis. Detailed usage visibility and knowledge of infrastructure capacity, cost and performance provides CIOs and IT managers actionable intelligence for initial audits, reducing the cost of services via optimization and demand management as well as ongoing service level management.

Under the new agreement, NetScout and Evident have integrated their primary product lines to deliver a jointly-certified solution based upon sharing of NetScout's multi-purpose nGenius(R) Probes, which act as common collectors and consolidators of live network and application activity and usage data. This data is used for performance management purposes and forwarded in parallel to Evident's Enterprise Edition for detailed, business- oriented IT cost analysis. As part of the agreement, Evident has also become a member of NetScout's nGenius Alliance Program.

The combined NetScout and Evident solution is implemented at several U.S.- based and multinational customer organizations. Among them, a worldwide financial institution is using the solution as part of its strategic outsourcing initiative centered on IT cost control. Another customer is Sony Electronics' Network Technology Group that uses the solution internally to collect and account for network usage by its global business units.

"As IS organizations embark on higher levels of IT management process maturity and serious consideration of real-time infrastructure models, they require a detailed understanding of the quality of the IT services they are providing and the cost of delivering those IT services to end-users and business unit customers," said Debra Curtis, research vice president, Gartner, Inc. "Along those lines, there is clear value in choosing management products that simplify the process of gathering and presenting IT service quality and cost data as a means to optimize infrastructure investments."

"Most all of our large institutional customers are actively initiating ways to balance demand, cost and performance goals," said Bruce Sweet, vice president of business development for NetScout Systems. "NetScout provides the live data to address enterprise-wide network and application performance management, but we look to partners such as Evident to derive and deliver additional value by leveraging the consolidated activity and usage information made possible via our patent-pending CDM(TM) Technology."

"The combination of NetScout and Evident technologies provides an unmatched solution for our customers," said Rob Mignalia, Evident's vice president of business development. "By focusing on our customers' business demands at a very granular level, we provide the tools and the know-how to help customers streamline IT investment, reduce overprovisioning and evaluate strategic outsourcing agreements. That's knowledge no company should be without."

Availability

The combined solution is available now as part of shipping versions of NetScout's nGenius(R) Performance Management System and Evident's Enterprise Edition. For more information, contact NetScout at info@netscout.com or Evident at info@evidentsoftware.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.

About Evident Software

Evident Software, Inc., founded in 1997, helps companies understand who's consuming IT resources and what that demand costs. As a result, companies optimize IT usage, uncover excess capacity, and reap quantifiable, immediate and recurring savings. The company's software helps its customers define and allocate budgets in terms of what it costs to meet demand rather than in terms of what they spend. This provides a powerful means for aligning business goals and IT spending. Deployed globally throughout the world's largest organizations and measuring consumption for millions of users, Evident Software is the platform of choice for organizations needing to manage IT demand yet maximize IT value. For more information, please visit www.evidentsoftware.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.

    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

     Terri Jo Tatusko                   Kerstin Barr
     Evident Software, Inc.             Greenough Communication
     (973) 338-2300 x234                (617) 275-6520
     tjtatusko@evidentsoftware.com      kbarr@greenoughcom.com

SOURCE NetScout Systems

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; or Terri Jo Tatusko of Evident
Software, Inc., +1-973-338-2300 ext. 234, tjtatusko@evidentsoftware.com; or
Kerstin Barr of Greenough Communication, +1-617-275-6520,
kbarr@greenoughcom.com
http://www.netscout.com
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