NETSCOUT announces 1st Android™-based smart network tester

Netscout LogoLinkRunner G2 improves the effectiveness of network operations by automating manual processes and combining enhanced copper and fiber Ethernet testing with the use of mobile apps in a single device

Sydney, Australia – NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC., (NASDAQ: NTCT), a leading provider of business assurance, a powerful combination of service assurance, cybersecurity, and business intelligence solutions, announced the availability of LinkRunner™ G2, the world’s first Android-based smart network tester. For organisations challenged by the rapid growth of network-connected devices, this next-generation test tool enables IT professionals to accelerate deployments and speed problem identification, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of network operations.

Digital transformation has led to an exponential growth of IP-connected devices, including wireless access points, intelligent sensors, digital lighting, access controls, etc., many of which also rely on the enterprise network for power. This is putting pressure on the access network infrastructure, requiring major updates including new, high-powered power over Ethernet (PoE) across many industry segments.

Network operations plays an essential role in building and managing the network of the future, enabling those deployments in access networks. But, with limited resources and tight budgets, these teams need tools that can help them improve their productivity through faster installation, quicker upgrades, and the rapid identification of issues.

“As the world’s leading network connectivity tester, LinkRunner provides immediate visibility and value to professionals responsible for delivering reliable network services,” says Michael Szabados, chief operating officer, NETSCOUT. “The novel combination of LinkRunner G2’s Ethernet test capabilities with a hardened Android operating system simplifies and streamlines installation and troubleshooting workflows and automates manual processes, significantly improving efficiencies in network operations.”

A single platform gets the job done

Using LinkRunner G2 with its wired Ethernet capabilities and hardened Android OS, IT professionals get the job done from start to finish. The combination of using vendor-specific mobile apps and LinkRunner’s custom hardware means network professionals can now execute their entire workflow on a single device. They can receive a trouble ticket, review documentation, test loaded PoE and network services, automatically document the results, and configure and triage connected devices.

The use of apps on smartphones may be considered an alternative by some, but it often creates security risks and is not always practical due to connectivity issues. Namely, personal mobile devices have no ability to validate wired Ethernet infrastructure – they cannot test PoE, cabling, link negotiation or network services, so multiple tools are needed.

“Handheld tools, like NETSCOUT’s LinkRunner G2, allow network professionals to focus on proactive tasks, rather than reactive tasks,” said Nolan Greene, Sr. Research Analyst, IDC. “Greater automation allows IT to focus on building the network of the future, rather than on solving short-term problems.”

Unique PoE “Under Load” Testing

More and more access devices are using high-wattage PoE, from wireless access points to security devices and digital lighting. But without the tools to validate it, IT professionals are left guessing when failures occur and finger pointing ensues. LinkRunner G2 is the industry’s first solution to offer a patented TruePower™ PoE test that supports 51 Watt UPOE under load on all four pairs at the powered device, critical for ensuring the correct installation and operation of new building automation elements.

To learn more, visit the LinkRunner G2 product page.

About NETSCOUT

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 https://www.netscout.com/ or follow @NETSCOUT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

Safe Harbor

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 LinkRunner and LinkRunner G2, 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 Reports 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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NETSCOUT launches new global, multi-tiered enterprise channel partner program

Netscout LogoCONNECT360 enables partners worldwide to resell NETSCOUT’s extensive portfolio of market-leading service assurance solutions and portable network analysis and troubleshooting tools to enterprise customers.

NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT), a market leader in service assurance and cybersecurity solutions, has announced the launch of its unified global enterprise channel partner program. CONNECT360 is a channel-friendly, multi-tiered program that enables global and regional partners to market NETSCOUT’s entire enterprise product portfolio spanning service assurance solutions and portable network analysis and troubleshooting tools.  This world-class channel partner program is designed to drive top-line revenue and profitability for both partners and NETSCOUT alike.

CONNECT360 is a multi-tiered program for any NETSCOUT Enterprise Systems or Handheld Network Test Solutions partner.  It is designed to enable highly-valued partners to sell more effectively and profitably by providing access to sales and technical resources that they need to be successful. The MyNETSCOUT partner portal provides partners with a convenient, one-stop online destination for accessing the NETSCOUT solution knowledgebase, obtaining collateral materials, registering sales opportunities and applying for marketing event funds. As part of CONNECT360, a global, channel management team will be dedicated to supporting all authorised partners, including training, enablement and certification of the partner base and assisting when necessary on a pre-sales and post-sales basis.

“The introduction of the CONNECT360 channel partner program is a momentous occasion for NETSCOUT because it unifies previously separate channel strategies across our enterprise network product lines and provides a strong foundation for building stronger relationships with our most valued partners,” stated Gary Staley, vice president of world-wide channel sales for NETSCOUT. “As a result of NETSCOUT’s acquisition of the Danaher Communications business in mid-2015, we now have an even broader range of market-leading products and technologies that we can offer to our customers through our extensive channel network. This program will be a major driver of our vision for the future, helping the company to efficiently scale its business and address customer demand worldwide. ”

“We’re very excited about NETSCOUT’s new channel partner program, which truly is a win-win for our businesses,” explained Andreas Schlechter, owner and general manager for Telonic GmbH. “The program allows us to partner with a world-class company and provides extraordinary value to our customer base. By combining our unique channel skills and NETSCOUT’s industry-leading products, we’re able to connect customers to the right solutions, giving them critical insights into their network performance.”

“The CONNECT360 multi-tier program is channel-friendly and offers the flexibility and incentives channel partners need to grow their business faster and more profitably,” said Eric Kohl, executive director, Advanced Solutions, Ingram Micro. “In addition to a growing portfolio of products, NETSCOUT and Ingram Micro provide channel partners with pre- and post-sales support services, as well as field marketing and enablement programs that will help expand their business. We’re pleased to serve as a NETSCOUT preferred distribution partner.”

NETSCOUT’s CONNECT360 channel partner program offers critical advantages, including:

  • investment-based tiers
  • structured training and enablement
  • annual certification
  • dedicated channel account team

“Distribution, both two tier and single tier, is key to a vendor’s ability to reach all segments of their addressable market. Acquisitions often focus on merging products, technologies, and personnel and neglect channel. With the introduction of CONNECT360, NETSCOUT has taken the time and focus to ensure that the channel partnerships brought on board with the acquisition of Danaher’s Communications business, not only weather the transition, but are strengthened and expanded to the benefit of NETSCOUT, its channel partners and its end customers,” said Jennifer Clark, vice president, Networking, for 451 Research. “CONNECT360 should greatly increase NETSCOUT’s international reach and presence and provide new, critical, cross-selling opportunities.”

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About TELONIC
TELONIC GmbH has more than 30 years of experience in the IT-Systems and measurement engineering branches. Due to our “know how” and quality of service we have become one of the leading System Integrators in Germany. TELONIC employs 90 people in six different locations throughout Germany. As a privately owned company, we are committed to our long tradition and consistency, in which we wish to perform excellently on a daily basis. Our services include the planning, implementation and operation of innovative networks and monitoring solutions. We see our challenge in the uniting of heterogeneous information-carriers and diverse network infrastructures into a harmoniously self-contained system and to monitor these as such. TELONIC permanently invests in its own infrastructure and employee training to ensure optimal customer service. With our 7×24 IP Network Services, a chain of specialists at the ready and labs equipped with hardware and software, our services are prepared to face the challenges of today’s networking demands. The main benefit for our customers is our vendor independence and a long-term, intensive cooperation with leading national and international manufacturers. We build individual solutions with the best products to date and strive to meet the highest standards to suit our customers’ requirements. For further information visit our website: www.telonic.de

About Ingram Micro
Ingram Micro Inc. is a Fortune 100 company that delivers a full spectrum of global technology and supply chain services to businesses around the world.

About NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC.
NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT) is a market leader in real-time service assurance and cybersecurity 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 www.netscout.com.

©2016 NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. All rights reserved. NETSCOUT, the NETSCOUT logo, Guardians of the Connected World, Adaptive Service Intelligence, nGenius and nGeniusONE are registered trademarks or trademarks of NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

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