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
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