NetScout Raises the Bar for Network Monitoring Switches, Significantly Extending Position in the Monitoring Switch Market

  NetScout Raises the Bar for Network Monitoring Switches, Significantly
  Extending Position in the Monitoring Switch Market

 Delivers the Industry’s Highest Density Data Center-Class Modular Switching
 Chassis Optimized for 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet with Unified Management for
                   Large-Scale, Multi-Location Deployments

Business Wire

WESTFORD, Mass. -- January 22, 2013

NetScout® Systems, Inc. today announced the nGenius® 3900 series packet flow
switch, a highly extensible chassis-based, data center-class network
monitoring switch that expands upon NetScout’s initial entry into the market
with the nGenius 1500 series packet flow switch. The nGenius 3900 series
packet flow switch enables scalable, highly available access to network
traffic across distributed networks for use by the nGenius Service Assurance
Solution or any network monitoring, performance management or security system.
Based upon technology from the acquisition of ONPATH Technologies, the nGenius
3900 series packet flow switch delivers market-leading advances in performance
and capacity with the highest 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) port densities
per rack unit, and per chassis, with an architecture ready to support 100 GbE
interfaces. The nGenius 3900 series switch delivers intelligent traffic
conditioning features on every port with sustained line rate performance and
ultra-low latency. NetScout also announced availability of the nGenius PFS
Management software, providing unified management and provisioning for the
3900 series switch that simplifies and automates manageability for
large-scale, multi-location network monitoring deployments.

With the continued high growth in complex service traffic flowing across
enterprise, service provider and cloud-networks, the challenge of monitoring
large, distributed IP service delivery networks continues to mount. The
proliferation of high-speed 10 GbE network links coupled with the increasing
number of management and security devices that require access to packet-flow
traffic is driving the need for a higher capacity, more flexible and automated
network monitoring fabric to facilitate ubiquitous traffic access. To achieve
pervasive visibility, organizations need a higher density, seamless monitoring
fabric that can provide the scale, capacity and flexibility needed to
efficiently manage the distribution of critical traffic flows for monitoring
and security applications.

“As data centers consolidate and IP networks begin the next wave of
transformation to support cloud deployments, the migration from one Gigabit to
10 Gigabit links is further adding to the challenges faced by IT teams tasked
with monitoring and securing the network. IDC research shows that shipments of
10 Gigabit ports in 2012 have grown at more than 70 percent year over year,
and we forecast the adoption of 40 Gigabit to accelerate at even a faster rate
starting in 2013,” said Rohit Mehra, vice president, network infrastructure at
IDC. “Many organizations are now building a monitoring fabric to simplify and
streamline the distribution of traffic flows to extend the life of existing
management tools. NetScout has leveraged its technology leadership position in
the performance management market to deliver a powerful, differentiated
network monitoring platform. With this announcement, IDC believes NetScout is
well positioned to address the needs of the growing network monitoring switch

Built from deployment-proven data center-class switching technology, the
nGenius 3900 series packet flow switch combines the scale, intelligence,
flexibility and availability needed to construct large-scale network
monitoring fabrics. The nGenius 3900 series switch is available in a one-,
three- and 12-slot chassis. A common high-density interface module provides
local switching and packet processing capabilities that can be seamlessly
interchanged across the chassis series. Each module is powered by a 720 Gbps
full-duplex switching engine (1.44 Tbps aggregate), and can scale to support
from 16 to 576 ports of 10 GbE and up to 48 ports of 40 GbE in a single
chassis. Any port can be dynamically configured to support either incoming or
outgoing traffic flows with layer 2/3/4 wire-speed intelligent packet
filtering, port tagging and load balancing capabilities on every port at line
rate, with no performance degradation or latency impact. The 12-slot chassis
contains a 5.76 Tbps full-duplex switching fabric (11.5 Tbps aggregate),
providing ample headroom to support future 100 GbE interfaces. Designed for
mission-critical environments, the nGenius 3900 series switch offers a highly
available redundant architecture with a fault tolerant switch fabric, non-stop
switching across the chassis and stateful redundancy for the management

Industry-Leading Large Scale Unified Management and Provisioning

NetScout is also delivering the nGenius PFS Management software to support the
deployment and administration of large-scale network monitoring fabrics
constructed with the nGenius 3900 series packet flow switch. The nGenius PFS
Management software provides unified device management and enables end-to-end
automated drag-and-drop provisioning across distributed chassis. This massive
scale enables administrators to rapidly build, store, schedule and execute
configuration changes and perform software updates across all deployed
switches regardless of their physical location. Planned integration with the
nGenius Service Assurance Solution will further extend manageability, enabling
organizations to control and provision the nGenius switch from within nGenius
Performance Manager.

“NetScout continues to drive change in the network monitoring switch market
that we started with our acquisition of Simena in November of 2011, and we are
committed to establishing a leadership role and aggressively capturing market
share,” said Steven Shalita, vice president, marketing at NetScout. “The
introduction of the nGenius 3900 series packet flow switch and the nGenius PFS
Management software strengthens our Unified Service Delivery Management
strategy and establishes NetScout as a definitive technology leader in this
segment. Building on our industry-leading nGenius Service Assurance Solution,
this introduction will enable enterprise and service provider organizations to
address a diverse range of deployment requirements across highly distributed
network environments to reduce complexity, improve operational efficiency and
increase the utilization of valuable IT resources.”


The nGenius 3900 series packet flow switch 1-slot and 3-slot chassis, and the
high-density 1/10/40 GbE interface module are available and shipping now. The
3900 series chassis has already been shipped to a tier-1 service provider in
North America. The nGenius PFS management software is also available and
shipping now. The 12-slot chassis is expected to be shipping in volume in
Q2CY13. Integration with the nGenius Service Assurance Solution is planned for
Q2CY13. All intelligent conditioning traffic features are provided as standard
with no additional feature licensing costs. The interface module offers a
pay-as-you-grow configuration model enabling users to tailor port activations
to meet diverse connectivity requirements. Port activation options for the
interface module support both the number of active ports and interface speed
on a given module. Configurations include 48 x 1 GbE ports, ports are
expandable to 10 and 40 GbE; 16 x 1/10 GbE ports, expandable to 48-ports in 16
port increments; and 32 x 1/10 GbE and 4 x 40 GbE ports (the four 40 GbE ports
can be used as 16 ports of 10 GbE). Module configurations are software driven
and can be activated on a deployed module in-place with no service disruption.
Contact NetScout or a NetScout authorized reseller for more information.

About NetScout Systems, Inc.

NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTCT) is the market leader in Unified Service
Delivery Management enabling comprehensive end-to-end network and application
assurance. For 28 years, NetScout has delivered breakthrough packet-flow
technology that provides trusted and comprehensive real-time network and
application performance intelligence enabling unified assurance of the
network, applications and users. These solutions enable IT staff to predict,
preempt and resolve network and service delivery problems while facilitating
the optimization and capacity planning of the network infrastructure. NetScout
nGenius® and Sniffer® solutions are deployed at more than 20,000 of the
world’s largest enterprises, government agencies, and more than 148 service
providers, on over one million physical and 2,000 virtual network segments to
assure the network, applications, and service delivery to their users and
customers. For more information about NetScout go to

NetScout, nGenius, and Sniffer are registered trademarks of NetScout Systems,


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