Ruckus Wireless introduces Cloud Wi-Fi offering to UK

New WLAN management-as-a-service offer combines Cloud simplicity with better Wi-Fi performance and flexible architecture options

Ruckus Wireless introduces Cloud Wi-Fi offering to UK

Ruckus Wireless, a part of Brocade, today (5 October 2016) announced the general availability in the UK market of Ruckus Cloud Wi-Fi, a wireless local area network (WLAN) management-as-a-service offering, powered by the new Ruckus Cloud platform.

Ruckus Cloud Wi-Fi enables distributed organisations with limited IT resources to set up, monitor and manage a high-performance multi-site WLAN of any size. It features an intuitive, intent-driven user interface for managing some of the industry’s highest performing access points (APs), enabling network managers to benefit from cloud simplicity without having to compromise on Wi-Fi performance.

Nick Watson, vice president EMEA, Ruckus Wireless Business Unit, Brocade, commented: “Customers shouldn’t have to sacrifice end user experience in order to reap the benefits of the cloud. They also shouldn’t have to be locked into a single architecture—if they need to change, their APs should change with them. With Ruckus Cloud Wi-Fi, customers don’t need to make these trade-offs anymore.

“Using the Ruckus Cloud platform, we will continue to introduce compelling as-a-service offers that can include cloud-managed switching and cloud-managed in-building LTE service based on OpenG technology. Customers could have access to all of these services through the same intuitive interface which is especially beneficial to lean IT teams.”

With the introduction of Cloud Wi-Fi, Ruckus Wireless now claims to offer the industry’s broadest range of deployment options and architectural flexibility —public cloud, data centre or private cloud, hardware or virtual appliance, and controller-less.

Ruckus partners in the UK will benefit by participating in the fast-growing, cloud-managed WLAN market while simultaneously addressing a broader set of deployment requirements.

“The WLAN market experienced substantial growth in the first quarter of 2016, a trend that we expect to continue, in part due to increased demand for the well-established benefits of cloud-managed WLAN services,“ said Nolan Greene, senior research analyst, network infrastructure at IDC.

“Ruckus Cloud Wi-Fi offers a simple-to-deploy, less time-intensive alternative to on-premises controller architectures and will enable even the most IT-constrained organisations to easily manage dozens or even hundreds of sites.”

Key Cloud Wi-Fi features and benefits include:

Best-in-class Wi-Fi performance: Cloud Wi-Fi customers use the same industry-leading APs that consistently outperform competing products in third-party testing, according to Ruckus. With the ability to excel in challenging user density, interference and physical environments, customers can use fewer APs than competing vendors would require. Alternatively, customers can use the same number of APs to build a network that easily accommodates the growing requirements for years to come.

Intent-driven user interface (UI): The Cloud Wi-Fi UI is designed to display only the data the user needs to accomplish a task and the system automates tasks whenever possible. This intuitive approach enables IT to spend less time managing and status-checking the WLAN without the need for technical training or certifications.

An intuitive, full-featured mobile app: The Cloud Wi-Fi mobile app allows IT managers to carry the network with them wherever they are, get notified whenever the network needs attention and make instant changes right from their pocket.

Cloud-scale: The cloud-scale nature of the Ruckus Cloud platform allows Cloud Wi-Fi customers to add APs and sites at will, with no more effort required to add the thousandth AP or the hundredth site than the first of either. Such scaling comes with no increase in management complexity and a single user interface provides visibility to the entire network, no matter how large or distributed it may be.

Analytics and reporting: The big data warehouse within the Ruckus Cloud infrastructure allows for highly granular reporting of up to six months of KPIs, ranging from low-level per-radio airtime utilisation to layer-7 application visibility.

AP investment protection: APs used in a Cloud Wi-Fi deployment can be reused in any of Ruckus’ other deployment options, should circumstances demand.

In the future, the company plans to introduce Ruckus Cloud support for in-building LTE service and Brocade ICX switches, delivering an integrated platform simplifying the configuration, monitoring and troubleshooting of both wired and wireless networks.

Ruckus Cloud Wi-Fi is available through Ruckus’ global distribution network.

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