Datek Online Selects NetScout to Ensure Robust Network Services for Online Business

-- Leading On-line Brokerage Firm Optimizes Uptime and Performance Through

Critical Fault Prevention and Application Response Time Monitoring --



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from NetScout Systems, Inc.

    WESTFORD, Mass., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- NetScout Systems, Inc.
 (Nasdaq: NTCT) today announced that Datek Online, one of the nation's largest
 online brokerage firms, is using NetScout's real-time monitoring and capacity
 planning for applications solutions to ensure fast and reliable delivery of
 networked services.  Using NetScout's real-time monitoring and Web-based
 reporting tools, Datek monitors internal and incoming Internet traffic to
 ensure adequate bandwidth is available for both internal operations and
 network services supporting online customers.  When events do occur that
 impact overall bandwidth availability, Datek can effectively drill down into a
 monitored segment's host and protocols, to achieve faster diagnosis with less
 effort.
     Datek's internal network supports mission-critical business operations
 including the generation of online products, as well as back-office systems
 supplying customer services.  "Just about everything that we do at Datek
 relies on our network.  Whether it's for internal communication, production
 data, or simply Internet access for research, we depend on our network for
 that information to be delivered quickly and seamlessly without interruption,"
 said Robert Shott, Internet systems infrastructure engineer.  "With NetScout's
 solutions, we are able to make more intelligent decisions regarding network
 usage and bandwidth distribution, which ultimately enables us to deliver
 faster response times to our customers."
     He added, "The drill down functionality has helped us a great deal.  If we
 see an unusual amount of traffic on a monitored segment, simply clicking the
 chart to determine which host it's coming from, and what protocols it's using
 makes our job that much easier."
     "In an industry like on-line trading, performance degradation has a high
 cost in terms of lost business.  The integrity and stamina of the
 infrastructure is vital to the success of the business," said Michael
 Szabados, senior vice president of product operations, NetScout Systems, Inc.
 "By deploying NetScout's in-depth performance management solutions, Datek can
 anticipate and leverage network resources with greater success while
 conserving precious staff resources."
 
     About Datek Online Holdings Corp.
     Established in 1998, privately held Datek Online Holdings Corp. is one of
 the fastest growing financial services companies in the United States and
 provides direct access to financial services through innovative technology.
 The Company's primary businesses are Datek Online Brokerage Services LLC, a
 pioneer in the online brokerage industry; iClearing LLC, a securities clearing
 operation; and Watcher Technologies LLC, a software development company for
 the financial services industry.
 
     About NetScout Systems
     NetScout Systems, Inc. is the leading provider of infrastructure
 performance management solutions for leading companies and service providers
 worldwide.  NetScout serves approximately half of the Fortune 500 and counts
 among its customers 3M Corporation, Amazon.com, AT&T Wireless, Bristol-Myers
 Squibb, Cable & Wireless, Cisco Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation, Exenet
 Technologies, Fidelity Investments, Intel Online, MCI, Reed Elsevier, Sprint,
 Sun Microsystems and Webhire.  NetScout is headquartered in Westford,
 Massachusetts and has approximately 320 employees, with offices in North
 America, Europe and Asia.  Further information on the company is available on
 the World Wide Web at www.netscout.com
     NetScout is a registered trademark, and the NetScout logo, nGenius,
 nGenius Real-Time Monitor, nGenius Application Service Level Manager and
 nGenius Capacity Planner are trademarks of NetScout Systems, Inc.
 
     Contacts:
 
     Peggy Flynn/
     Kristen Bala
     NetScout Systems
     (978) 614-4162
     (978) 614-6037
     flynnp@netscout.com
     balak@netscout.com
 
     Ed Daly/
     Chris Penesis
     Miller/Shandwick Technologies
     (617) 351-4161
     (617) 351-4119
     edaly@miller.shandwick.com
     cpenesis@miller.shandwick.com
 
 

SOURCE NetScout Systems, Inc.
    WESTFORD, Mass., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- NetScout Systems, Inc.
 (Nasdaq: NTCT) today announced that Datek Online, one of the nation's largest
 online brokerage firms, is using NetScout's real-time monitoring and capacity
 planning for applications solutions to ensure fast and reliable delivery of
 networked services.  Using NetScout's real-time monitoring and Web-based
 reporting tools, Datek monitors internal and incoming Internet traffic to
 ensure adequate bandwidth is available for both internal operations and
 network services supporting online customers.  When events do occur that
 impact overall bandwidth availability, Datek can effectively drill down into a
 monitored segment's host and protocols, to achieve faster diagnosis with less
 effort.
     Datek's internal network supports mission-critical business operations
 including the generation of online products, as well as back-office systems
 supplying customer services.  "Just about everything that we do at Datek
 relies on our network.  Whether it's for internal communication, production
 data, or simply Internet access for research, we depend on our network for
 that information to be delivered quickly and seamlessly without interruption,"
 said Robert Shott, Internet systems infrastructure engineer.  "With NetScout's
 solutions, we are able to make more intelligent decisions regarding network
 usage and bandwidth distribution, which ultimately enables us to deliver
 faster response times to our customers."
     He added, "The drill down functionality has helped us a great deal.  If we
 see an unusual amount of traffic on a monitored segment, simply clicking the
 chart to determine which host it's coming from, and what protocols it's using
 makes our job that much easier."
     "In an industry like on-line trading, performance degradation has a high
 cost in terms of lost business.  The integrity and stamina of the
 infrastructure is vital to the success of the business," said Michael
 Szabados, senior vice president of product operations, NetScout Systems, Inc.
 "By deploying NetScout's in-depth performance management solutions, Datek can
 anticipate and leverage network resources with greater success while
 conserving precious staff resources."
 
     About Datek Online Holdings Corp.
     Established in 1998, privately held Datek Online Holdings Corp. is one of
 the fastest growing financial services companies in the United States and
 provides direct access to financial services through innovative technology.
 The Company's primary businesses are Datek Online Brokerage Services LLC, a
 pioneer in the online brokerage industry; iClearing LLC, a securities clearing
 operation; and Watcher Technologies LLC, a software development company for
 the financial services industry.
 
     About NetScout Systems
     NetScout Systems, Inc. is the leading provider of infrastructure
 performance management solutions for leading companies and service providers
 worldwide.  NetScout serves approximately half of the Fortune 500 and counts
 among its customers 3M Corporation, Amazon.com, AT&T Wireless, Bristol-Myers
 Squibb, Cable & Wireless, Cisco Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation, Exenet
 Technologies, Fidelity Investments, Intel Online, MCI, Reed Elsevier, Sprint,
 Sun Microsystems and Webhire.  NetScout is headquartered in Westford,
 Massachusetts and has approximately 320 employees, with offices in North
 America, Europe and Asia.  Further information on the company is available on
 the World Wide Web at www.netscout.com
     NetScout is a registered trademark, and the NetScout logo, nGenius,
 nGenius Real-Time Monitor, nGenius Application Service Level Manager and
 nGenius Capacity Planner are trademarks of NetScout Systems, Inc.
 
     Contacts:
 
     Peggy Flynn/
     Kristen Bala
     NetScout Systems
     (978) 614-4162
     (978) 614-6037
     flynnp@netscout.com
     balak@netscout.com
 
     Ed Daly/
     Chris Penesis
     Miller/Shandwick Technologies
     (617) 351-4161
     (617) 351-4119
     edaly@miller.shandwick.com
     cpenesis@miller.shandwick.com
 
 SOURCE  NetScout Systems, Inc.