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NetScout Extends Intelligent Deep Packet Capture Capabilities To More Network Places Enabling Better Application Visibility

WESTFORD, Mass. -- September 09, 2009--NetScout Systems today announced the nGenius InfiniStream 2900 Series appliance, a lower capacity, compact form-factor member of the nGenius InfiniStream intelligent Deep Packet Capture (iDPC) appliance family. The new nGenius InfiniStream 2900 Series appliance extends "always-on" service-level visibility and continuous packet recording into more areas of the modern IP network, addressing the increasing need for comprehensive packet-level visibility and in-depth analysis of application and service traffic to better support end-to-end Unified Service Delivery Management.

With a growing reliance on always-on, anytime/anywhere access to business applications and services, IT organizations need to have a better understanding of the operational health of the service delivery environment. Now more than ever, IT professionals need extensive service-level knowledge with the ability to conduct back-in-time analysis of application and network traffic. While a number of different data sources are available, Deep Packet Capture, combining network packet analysis with packet storage, best enables IT staff to predict, identify and resolve application performance degradations faster and more efficiently. Until now, Deep Packet Capture capabilities have been typically limited to the ingress/egress of the data center, high-capacity links at the network core or at major aggregation points due to physical device size and relatively high costs. Alternatively, packet-based Probe technology has been deployed on secondary links and in remote locations to collect traffic statistics with rather limited on-demand packet capture capabilities. With today's pervasive service delivery challenges, IT personnel require more granular real-time and historical visibility into the service delivery environment to optimize performance and predict and prevent performance issues and speed the problem resolution process.

"Polling results from recent Gartner conferences show that network managers are increasingly being pressured to move up the stack, and not just prevent network performance problems, but meet application performance objectives," said Debra Curtis, research vice president at Gartner. "Out in departments and branch offices, users of business applications are usually unfamiliar with the intricacies of IT and often blame the network for any performance problems. With increased visibility in these areas, network managers can correlate network, unified communication service, and business application data to develop an integrated picture of overall system behavior, helping to prevent network performance problems and diagnose any issues that do occur."

Leveraging the deployment-proven intelligent Deep Packet Capture capabilities found in larger, higher capacity nGenius InfiniStream 6900 Series appliances, the new 2900 Series appliance has been designed and purpose-built for deployment in areas where there are cost and space constraints. Featuring 500 Gigabytes of storage capacity in a compact 1RU form factor, the nGenius InfiniStream 2900 Series appliance enables InfiniStream technology to be deployed more affordably in areas closer to the user, including mid-tier distribution points, wiring closets, branch offices, and remote data centers.

Available with Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, the nGenius InfiniStream 2900 Series appliance continuously captures every packet crossing the network, analyzing, indexing and storing these packets in real-time, with a high degree of accuracy. Whether used in a standalone mode or as part of the end-to-end, always-on nGenius Service Assurance Solution, the nGenius InfiniStream 2900 Series appliance reliably stores all network traffic providing statistical information about application performance, network usage and related traffic patterns. Network managers can access rich packet information in real-time or perform comprehensive historical forensic analysis of events to maintain peak performance of the service delivery environment and dramatically speed the diagnosis and resolution of performance issues to prevent service delivery degradations or downtime.

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