Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Avaya Acquires RouteScience

Avaya acquired substantially all of the assets of RouteScience Technologies, a start-up based in San Mateo, California, that developed a "route controller" platform for optimizing a company's multiple ISP links. Financial terms were not disclosed.

RouteScience offers adaptive networking software (ANS) for enterprises and service providers. ANS monitors, assesses and automatically adjusts the network environment to optimize data traffic flow and enhance the performance of advanced applications, such as IP telephony.

Most of RouteScience's employees have now joined Avaya.

Avaya said the acquisition enhances its software development team in the critical areas of application-based network assessment, monitoring and intelligent route adjustment. Avaya will continue to support RouteScience customers and offer ANS while developing expanded offerings that continue to advance Avaya's strategy to provide solutions and services that deliver superior reliability and performance in converged voice and data networks. http://www.avaya.com

  • In January 2004, RouteScience announced the appointment of Mark Lazar as CEO. Mr. Lazar takes over in that role from the Acting CEO, Herb Madan, who will retain his position as Chairman. Lazar joins RouteScience from Talking Blocks, where he served as CEO until it was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2003.

  • RouteScience was founded in December 1999. Its founders included Herb Madan, who previously was Vice President and General Manager, Service Provider Line of Business at Cisco Systems, and CEO and Co-Founder of Netsys Technologies (acquired by Cisco in 1996); Jim McGuire, previously Senior Director of Engineering, Service Provider Line of Business at Cisco Systems and Co-Founder of Netsys; Joel Evanier, previously Director of Enterprise Sales at Cisco Systems and Vice President of Sales at Netsys; and Mike Lloyd, who was the principal architect for the MPLS VPN provisioning system at Cisco Systems, and a senior engineer on BGP and other routing simulations.

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