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RouteScience Inks Google Deal

San Mateo, Calif.-based RouteScience on Monday announced its biggest client win to date -- a deal to provide Internet route-control services to search engine giant Google, Inc.

The deal calls for Google to use the company's PathControl product to automatically route Internet traffic in real time to the best available link. PathControl is a tool used by ISPs and enterprises to eliminates network congestion problems caused by Internet brownouts that result from excessive latency and loss.

PathControl typically measures an organization's end-to-end application performance to its own end users over the Internet, giving the ability to automatically route traffic in real time to the best ISP link.

RouteScience, backed by Sequoia Capital, Benchmark Capital, Sevin Rosen Funds and Foundation Capital, said PathControl provides consistently fast Web page downloads for customers and lowers bandwidth costs for enterprise customers. "Even with a modest amount of traffic, enterprises can expect a return on their investment in less than 12 months from hard-dollar WAN cost savings alone" RouteScience CEO Herb Madan said.

The Google deal, the second major customer to sign on for the company's route optimization services, lends validity to RouteScience business.

Separately, RouteScience announced the launch of version 2.0 of its RouteScience Operating System (RSOS), which will 2.0 automates the manual practice of choosing Internet connections based on bandwidth costs.

The company said RSOS 2.0 would run on all PathControl products including the PathControl 5000 series and PathControl 3000 series and would incorporate new features including closed loop cost control and business policy commands.

Pricing for RSOS 2.0 product starts $14,900 for the PathControl 3000 series product and $99,900 for the PathControl 5000 series product.

RouteScience said RSOS 2.0 uses the Simple Network Monitoring Protocol (SNMP) to gauge how much traffic is passing over a link, and can then redirect traffic to appropriate links, depending on usage thresholds that are predetermined.