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Ruckus SmartZone gives enterprises scalable Wi-Fi management

Ruckus SmartZone for Wi-Fi management is available. Ruckus also announced a physical and virtual WLAN controller that can run SmartZone.

Ruckus Wireless is making its wireless network management software available to the enterprise in the form of a new platform. The Wi-Fi vendor also introduced two new wireless LAN controllers that will be supported by the latest software.

Once only available to carriers and service providers, the Ruckus SmartZone Wi-Fi platform lets businesses manage a wireless LAN (WLAN) from one place. It also lets enterprises grow their wireless networks to accommodate more devices and users.

Enterprises need the ability to increase capacity, while also keeping management and control simplified, said David Callisch, vice president of corporate marketing for Ruckus. SmartZone supports all Ruckus ZoneFlex indoor and outdoor access points. The software also manages Ruckus' physical and virtual controllers.

SmartZone supports up to 30,000 access points

The latest physical controller, the Ruckus SmartZone 100, can support up to 25,000 clients with up to 10 Gbps data throughput. Each SmartZone 100 can automatically find, configure and manage up to 1,024 Ruckus ZoneFlex access points, Callisch said.

Ruckus also introduced a virtualized wireless LAN controller. The Ruckus virtual SmartZone (vSZ) is based on Ruckus' existing virtual SmartCell Gateway, a hardware-based wireless LAN controller. The virtual version of the SmartZone-based controller comes in a single tenant mode (vSZ-E) and a multi-tenant mode (vSZ-H). The vSZ-H can scale to support up to 30,000 APs and 300,000 Wi-Fi clients.

The vSZ can be deployed by service providers, enterprises and small to midsized companies on existing servers. The virtualized controller is a good fit for higher capacity environments that need to scale, Callisch said.

Customers can also use the vSZ to manage Ruckus' SmartZone virtual Data Plane (vSZ-D). The vSZ-D lets enterprises and service providers tunnel selected end-user data.

Ruckus SmartZone physical and virtual controllers are available through Ruckus' partner network.

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