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NETSCOUT Meets Opportunities in Mobile Sector with First-to-Market Performance Management of Optical Core Networks

May 04, 2005

New nGenius OC-48 Probe Positions NetScout to Optimize Newly-Deployed 3G Networks for Performance-Sensitive Mobile Applications

WESTFORD, Mass., May 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NetScout Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTCT), a leading provider of network and application performance management solutions, today announced the expansion of its product architecture to meet emerging opportunities in the telecommunications sector. Unveiling its new nGenius(R) Packet-over-SONET Probe for OC-48c/STM-16c environments, NetScout is the first vendor to offer direct, centralized, application-aware network performance management to carriers with high-speed optical networks. Mobile service providers offering multimedia and Internet services are leading the demand for these capabilities as they roll out 3G core networks worldwide, focused on protecting service quality and maximizing customer retention.

"OC-48 occupies the sweet spot for metro optical markets and supplies a strong portion of the long haul market. Driving its deployment are consumer broadband and corporate traffic, as well as demand for mobile telephony and data traffic in 2.5G and 3G networks," said Michael Howard, principal analyst of Infonetics Research. "This is a natural move for NetScout, as its products can improve time-to-market for carriers in new network and services rollouts. As traffic increases in these complex backbones, NetScout products provide operations managers the detailed information required to ensure quality of experience for all customers using the network at any moment."

Mobile data traffic is expected to grow rapidly, as more consumers begin using mobile phones for e-mail, Web access, video, photography and newer offerings such as personal banking and roaming Wi-Fi. The anticipation of this growth has caused service providers to begin embracing new operational management practices, such as application-aware bandwidth management, traffic identification and application profiling.

The expansion of NetScout's nGenius(R) Performance Management Solution to embrace OC-48/STM-16 complements existing nGenius Probes actively deployed in OC-3 and OC-12 (STM-1 and STM-4 internationally) environments for several years. Over a dozen of the new probes have already been deployed to a major US mobile service provider's new 3G network. NetScout's customers in the telecom industry have also grown steadily. More than 30 major telecommunications carriers in the United States, Europe and Asia currently use the nGenius Solution to manage their core and back office networks, with a significant portion of those customers representing the mobile communications sector.

"As telecom providers migrate to serving multimedia applications, their need for discrete visibility into application behavior, profiling and trending is driving them to embrace leading enterprise-class management technologies," said Michael Szabados, senior vice president of product operations for NetScout Systems. "With the nGenius Solution, carriers can protect service growth and quality while managing and extending the life of their networks. NetScout is achieving growing success within the telecom sector by introducing targeted products like the nGenius OC-48c Probe."

The nGenius(R) Packet-over-SONET Probe for OC-48c/STM-16c environments provides full features and benefits delivered by the nGenius Solution, including:

  • Complete real-time and historical visibility for managing and optimizing the design, rollout and upgrades of core and back office networks -- up to OC-48 or STM-16 speeds.
  • Built-in capabilities for fast analysis of complex network configurations, including redundant link aggregation and correlation of point-to-point performance data into logical views of infrastructure performance.
  • Advanced recognition, utilization and response time tracking for all types of network traffic including IP telephony, multimedia, custom- developed and data applications, with support for QoS, MPLS and Virtual Circuits.
  • Intuitive Web-based console with task-oriented data visualization, pre- configured and customizable report content.

 

Pricing and Availability

The nGenius OC-48c/STM-16c POS Probes start at $79,995 and are 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 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, nGenius, and Quantiva are registered trademarks of NetScout Systems, Inc. The CDM logo, 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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