Ruckus unveils carrier class virtualized wireless LAN controller

New virtual SmartCell Gateway is designed to streamline the creation of highly scalable and resilient cloud-based wireless LAN services

Ruckus unveils carrier class virtualized wireless LAN controller

Wi-Fi equipment provider Ruckus today (20 May 2014) unveiled what it claims is the industry’s first carrier-class virtualized wireless LAN (WLAN) controller, the Ruckus virtual SmartCell Gateway (vSCG). It is designed to streamline the creation of highly scalable and resilient cloud-based wireless LAN (WLAN) services.

Aimed at MNOs, multiple service operators and managed service providers, the vSCG runs as a virtual application on either KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) or VMware vSphere virtualization environments and is the first of a whole family of Ruckus solutions that will be based on the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) NFV architecture.

Sathya Atreyam, research manager, Wireless Network Infrastructure at IDC, commented:“Mobile network operators are increasingly exploring and evaluating architectures based on the principles of cloud computing and network function virtualization.

“Carrier class wireless LAN and the associated managed services model is experiencing a transformational shift from being viewed as vertically integrated hardware and software bundled architectures to solutions that offer the flexibility of a cloud based, scalable and flexible multi-tenant deployment model.”

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