NETSCOUT and Riverbed Team to Provide Visibility for WDS Deployments

16 Jun 2008

Strategic Partnership Allows Customers to Answer Critical Questions about Application Performance over the WAN; Provides Insight into the Benefits and ROI of WDS Deployments

WESTFORD, Mass. & SAN FRANCISCO, Jun 16, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- NetScout Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTCT), the industry leader in advanced network and application performance management, and Riverbed Technology (Nasdaq: RVBD), the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS), today announced they have entered into a strategic partnership to provide Riverbed(R) customers with comprehensive network and application visibility.

Through this partnership, customers will be able to answer critical questions regarding the performance of applications over the WAN. NetScout has extended its nGenius(R) Performance Management system to support the signaling protocol used among Steelhead(R) appliances. This allows enterprises to collect the same detailed information about the impact and performance of Steelhead appliances as they do other key pieces of IT infrastructure.

The two companies are also engaging in joint sales and marketing efforts. NetScout has joined the Riverbed Technology Alliance (RTA) program, a group of complementary technology companies who share a common vision of accelerating data and application performance and delivering significant savings as customers increasingly use wide area networks (WANs) to enable global business.

Global organizations have long relied on WANs to deliver complex, distributed enterprise applications that help grow revenue, reduce operating costs, or both. In such environments, specific application response times, overall network performance, as well as end-user experience are all indications of whether a company's applications are delivering the value intended. By bringing together NetScout's nGenius Performance Management system and Riverbed Steelhead appliances, network operations teams have the tools necessary to establish baseline performance of the network and its applications both pre- and post-acceleration. Using this data, organizations can best evaluate the full benefits that Riverbed WDS solutions deliver. Additionally, the comprehensive visibility into network and application performance delivered by NetScout offers enterprises a better understanding of how specific applications behave when accelerated and can be used to identify the WAN segments that will most benefit from acceleration using Riverbed Steelhead appliances.

"This represents the next wave of differentiation and maturity in the market," said Peter Sevcik, of industry analyst firm NetForecast. "Enterprises need application acceleration, visibility and management. This is an important step toward being able to deliver application-level SLAs."

"When talking about networks and applications, everything is interconnected and changes made in one area can have an unintended impact in another," explained Bruce Sweet, vice president of business development at NetScout. "Through our partnership with Riverbed, we are giving our joint customers a way to fully understand and quantify the efforts to accelerate applications over the WAN."

"As organizations build global business strategies, the network becomes critical in supporting growth. By partnering with NetScout, our customers are provided a powerful tool to increase visibility into the performance of their applications over the WAN," said Alan Saldich, vice president of product marketing and alliances at Riverbed. "Enterprises can now leverage end-to-end network management, resulting in an increased ability to analyze, manage, optimize and accelerate business applications over the WAN."

About NetScout Systems

NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTCT) has been an industry leader in advanced network and service assurance solutions for over twenty years. NetScout's breakthrough technology solutions provide trusted, comprehensive real-time and historical performance intelligence, including advanced early warnings and rapid, definitive problem analysis. These capabilities are vital to IT operators who are accountable for reducing the Mean Time to Resolution. The world's largest enterprises, government agencies, and service providers depend upon NetScout's nGenius and Sniffer (formerly Network General) brands to assure service levels to their users by reducing or preventing disruptions and degradations. More information about NetScout is available at

NetScout Systems Forward Looking Statements:

Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and other federal securities laws. Investors are cautioned that statements in this release, which are not strictly historical statements, including the plans, objectives and future financial performance of NetScout constitute forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties associated with the Company's acquisition of Network General, including the ability to integrate the acquisition successfully, costs associated with the acquisition, the ability to achieve market introduction and acceptance of new products from the acquisition, difficulties in managing geographically dispersed operations and in achieving expected synergies and expense reductions, and other factors relating to acquisitions generally, as well as the Company's relationships with strategic partners, dependence upon broad-based acceptance of the Company's network performance management solutions, the Company's ability to achieve and maintain a high rate of growth, introduction and market acceptance of new products and product enhancements, the ability of the Company to take advantage of service provider opportunities, competitive pricing pressures, reliance on sole source suppliers, successful expansion and management of direct and indirect distribution channels and dependence on proprietary technology, and risks of slowdowns or downturns in economic conditions generally and in the market for network performance management solutions specifically. For a more detailed description of the risk factors associated with the Company, please refer to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008 on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NetScout assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.

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Riverbed Steelhead Products

Riverbed WDS solutions enable organizations of all sizes to overcome a host of severe problems, including poor application performance and insufficient bandwidth at remote sites. By speeding the performance of applications between data centers, remote offices and mobile workers by five to 50 times and in some cases up to 100 times, Riverbed's award-winning Steelhead WDS products enable companies to consolidate IT, improve backup and replication processes to ensure data integrity, and improve staff productivity and collaboration. Steelhead products have been deployed in organizations ranging from the world's largest corporations with offices around the globe to small companies with a couple of sites that are just miles apart. To learn more, view Riverbed's demo:

Riverbed Forward Looking Statements:

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the expected demand for Riverbed's products and services, and statements relating to Riverbed's ability to meet the needs of distributed organizations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include our ability to react to trends and challenges in our business and the markets in which we operate; our ability to anticipate market needs or develop new or enhanced products to meet those needs; the adoption rate of our products; our ability to establish and maintain successful relationships with our distribution partners; our ability to compete in our industry; fluctuations in demand, sales cycles and prices for our products and services; shortages or price fluctuations in our supply chain; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; general political, economic and market conditions and events; and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in our documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. More information about these and other risks that may impact Riverbed's business are set forth in our Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on April 29, 2008. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Any future product, feature or related specification that may be referenced in this release are for information purposes only and are not commitments to deliver any technology or enhancement. Riverbed reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time.

About Riverbed

Riverbed Technology is the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS) solutions for companies worldwide. By enabling application performance over the wide area network (WAN) that is orders of magnitude faster than what users experience today, Riverbed is changing the way people work, and enabling a distributed workforce that can collaborate as if they were local. Additional information about Riverbed (Nasdaq: RVBD) is available at

Riverbed Technology, Riverbed, Steelhead, RiOS, Interceptor, and the Riverbed logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Riverbed Technology, Inc. All other trademarks used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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