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NETSCOUT Announces Second Wave of Packet Broker Disaggregation

October 02, 2017

Software-driven, advanced packet-conditioning capabilities now available on real-time, smart data ISNG platform

WESTFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 2, 2017-- NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC., (NASDAQ:NTCT), a leading provider of business assurance, a powerful combination of service assurance, cybersecurity, and business intelligence solutions, today announced the availability of the NETSCOUT nGenius® Packet Flow eXtender (PFX) software for service assurance and cybersecurity monitoring. Built on the NETSCOUT ISNG® platform, the PFX software complements the nGenius Packet Flow Systems product portfolio and delivers real-time, smart data technology that powers the company’s service and security assurance solutions. The disaggregation of software-driven packet broker functionality from the underlying hardware enables highly scalable, cost-effective pervasive network visibility.

“Another advantage of packet broker disaggregation is the ability to perform advanced packet processing functions on the same powerful Intel x86 servers that IT organizations and cloud providers are using in their hyper-scale data centers,” said Stephen Collins, principal analyst, ACG Research. “Software-driven packet brokers leveraging merchant silicon’s economies of scale are more cost effective than purpose-built platforms for scaling up to gain pervasive network-wide visibility. They are also simpler to procure and easier to deploy.”

The ISNG platform uses NETSCOUT’s patented, Adaptive Service Intelligence™ (ASI) technology to intelligently and efficiently analyze packet and flow data for a contextual view of service, network and application performance. Extending the ASI smart data technology to packet conditioning, PFX brings scalable and cost-effective infrastructure visibility to both enterprise and service provider organizations. This software-driven approach provides flexibility and choice, eliminating costly upgrades and individual feature licenses that also contribute to higher TCOs.

“PFX upends the traditional models of how advanced packet broker capabilities have been priced and licensed,” said Sanjay Munshi, vice president, product management, Packet Flow Systems, NETSCOUT. “For existing Service Assurance customers, the PFX software is included as an extension to the ASI functionality. New customers can realize up to a 50 percent savings compared to the offerings from other network packet broker vendors.”

PFX works in concert with NETSCOUT nGenius Packet Flow Switches as well as with third-party network packet brokers to form the desired configuration. The advanced packet-conditioning capabilities include NetFlow generation, de-duplication, IP tunnel termination and header stripping. These features are available immediately via an all-inclusive license.


NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC., (NASDAQ: NTCT), is a leading provider of business assurance, a powerful combination of service assurance, cybersecurity, and business intelligence solutions, for today’s most demanding service provider, enterprise and government networks. NETSCOUT’s Adaptive Service Intelligence (ASI) technology continuously monitors the service delivery environment to identify performance issues and provides insight into network-based security threats, helping teams to quickly resolve issues that can cause business disruptions or impact user experience. NETSCOUT delivers unmatched service visibility and protects the digital infrastructure that supports our connected world. To learn more, visit or follow @NETSCOUT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

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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 press release, which are not strictly historical statements, including without limitation, the statements related to the benefits and capabilities of NETSCOUT’s nGenius Packet Flow eXtender (PFX) software, constitute forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from the forward-looking statements due to known and unknown risk, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors. Such factors include slowdowns or downturns in economic conditions generally and in the market for advanced network and service assurance solutions specifically; the volatile foreign exchange environment; the Company’s relationships with strategic partners and resellers; dependence upon broad-based acceptance of the Company’s network performance management solutions; the presence of competitors with greater financial resources than ours and their strategic response to our products; our ability to retain key executives and employees; and lower than expected demand for the Company’s products and services. 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, 2017 and subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which are 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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Donna Candelori, +1 408-571-5226
Director, Corporate Communications

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