Network General To Acquire Fidelia


SAN JOSE, CALIF., FEBRUARY 6, 2006 - Network General today announced a
definitive agreement to acquire privately held Fidelia, Inc. of Princeton,
N.J. With this acquisition Network General, the undisputed leader in
packet flow-based application and network performance management, will
expand its product portfolio to cover the entire realm of enterprise
application performance management. Network General will offer the only
solution on the market that delivers an end-to-end, correlated view of
performance and availability of critical business services, and the
underlying network and server infrastructure the applications run on.

"Network General's acquisition of Fidelia is an inspired move for a number
of reasons," said Dennis Drogseth, vice president, Enterprise Management
Associates. "The most obvious is that selling NetVigil's rich functionality
into Network General's broad Sniffer base with its strong sales and market
presence should bring Network General strong immediate gains. But longer
term, the complementary nature of the two solution sets holds out the
potential for a truly unique offering that combines leading capabilities in
flow-based management and packet analysis, with root cause and topology
across multiple domains, as well as business service modelling. Given this
mix, Network General has the opportunity to reset some assumptions about
traditional market categories in favour of new, more versatile and
integrated offerings."

Fidelia's flagship product, NetVigil, is a comprehensive business service
monitoring application. It combines fault and performance monitoring
capabilities, allowing IT managers to truly integrate their businesses with
the IT infrastructure on which they depend. With NetVigil, business unit
managers can create "business container" views of the servers, networks or
applications that are critical to their businesses, allowing them to easily
see if a business service is performing as expected. At the same time, IT
managers or database administrators can create the exact views they need to
track the performance of the particular devices, applications, servers or
databases they monitor and maintain.

"Today's complex IT environments support a broad range of multi-tiered,
converged media applications across distributed enterprises," said Ken Boyd,
CIO and EVP, Products, Network General. "Optimal performance of these
applications requires visibility across all IT infrastructure components
under a single umbrella. This approach ensures performance issues are
isolated and resolved quickly, eliminating the finger pointing that commonly
occurs in siloed IT organizations. It also helps IT fulfil its internal
SLAs and closely aligns IT with business objectives."

"This combination opens up new opportunities for Fidelia's customers to
partner with a larger industry leader that can serve their broad IT needs.
In addition to integrating NetVigil with the Sniffer product family, we will
continue to enhance the NetVigil product line to protect and enrich our
customer investments," said Vikas Aggarwal, CEO Fidelia. "These goals are
consistent with our mission to help our customers proactively manage
application and network performance with solutions that set new industry
benchmarks."

"Network General is executing its aggressive growth and market expansion
strategy. Fidelia's NetVigil product line has experienced significant market
traction and has doubled its customer base every year. NetVigil complements
Network General's traditional Sniffer strengths. With 19 years experience,
more than 13,000 customers, strong brand recognition and global
distribution, Network General is uniquely positioned to provide
comprehensive 'packet to dashboard' visibility, not only up and down the
network stack, but also across all IT infrastructure components that deliver
critical business services," said Ken Boyd, CIO and EVP of Products, Network
General.

Founded in 2000 by Vikas Aggarwal and a team from Verio, Fidelia Technology,
Inc. was a privately held software company based in Princeton, New Jersey.
Fidelia was jointly funded by Windspeed Ventures (Lexington, MA) and JT
Venture Partners (Boston, MA). Fidelia brings about 70 customers, including
Sony Online Entertainment, Spirit Airlines and Yale University, who have
been using the product for more than four years.

About Network General Corporation

Network General(TM) Corporation is the global leader in enterprise application
and network performance analysis. The Network General portfolio consists of
innovative software solutions and intelligent appliances that allow IT
professionals to identify, monitor, measure, manage and resolve application
and network performance problems. Supporting the widest range of network
topologies in the industry, Network General delivers breakthrough technology
solutions that focus on the intersection of the application and the network
for comprehensive real-time monitoring, analysis, and reporting across the
business enterprise. Sniffer Enterprise Solutions empower IT organizations,
simplify network management tasks, and protect the extended value and life
of IT assets. For more information on Network General, a privately-held
company based in San Jose, California, dial +1-408-571-5000 or go to
www.networkgeneral.com.

Network General, Sniffer, InfiniStream, and the Network General logo are
registered trademarks or trademarks of Network General Corporation and/or
its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Only Network
General Corporation makes Sniffer® brand products. All other registered and
unregistered trademarks herein are the sole property of their respective
owners. ©2005 NETWORK GENERAL CORPORATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

For further information contact:

Allan Edwards / Phil Dwyer
Chameleon PR
+44 (0)20 7721 7875
allan@chameleonpr.com / phil@chameleonpr.com

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