Washington, DC 20549


                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
                         Securities Exchange Act of 1934

        Date of report (Date of earliest event reported) October 14, 2004

                             NetScout Systems, Inc.
               (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

                 (State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)

       0000-26251                                         04-2837575
(Commission File Number)                       (IRS Employer Identification No.)

310 Littleton Road, Westford, Massachusetts                             01886
 (Address of Principal Executive Offices)                             (Zip Code)

                                 (978) 614-4000
              (Registrant's Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

                                 Not Applicable
          (Former Name or Former Address, If Changed Since Last Report)

      Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to
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                        Section 2--Financial Information

Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

      The following information and the Exhibit attached hereto shall not be
deemed "filed" for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act") or otherwise subject to the liabilities of
that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing
under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as
expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

      On October 14, 2004, NetScout Systems, Inc. (the "Company") issued a press
release regarding its financial results for the quarter ended September 30,
2004, its expectations of future performance and its intention to hold a
conference call regarding these topics. The Company's press release is furnished
as Exhibit 99.1 to this report and is incorporated herein by reference.



      Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                              NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC.

October 14, 2004
                                              By: /s/ David P. Sommers
                                                  David P. Sommers
                                                  Chief Financial Officer and
                                                  Senior Vice President, 
                                                  General Operations


                                  EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit No.       Description
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99.1              Press release dated October 14, 2004.