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The future of network management – CommScope offers easier management with launch of Ruckus Cloud

The Future of Networking Report produced by Purdicom in conjunction with CommScope (see box) highlights the benefits of updating wireless networks to take advantage of the performance benefits of Wi-Fi 6, while also pointing out that any network over five years old – wired or wireless – would probably benefit from an upgrade to take advantage of advances like cloud management.

CommScope’s recently launched Ruckus Cloud cloud services platform is a good example of the converged management and visibility enterprise IT operations and MSPs can expect from a modern AI-enabled network management as-a-service platform.

Aided by machine learning and AI and built on a programmable microservices foundation, RUCKUS Cloud merges single-pane management with network visibility and service assurance. This, says CommScope, allows IT teams to troubleshoot faster and proactively improve the user experience.

The RUCKUS Cloud platform is built using a microservices-based, controller-in-the-cloud architecture, which ensures full programmability, scalability, high availability and rapid fix and feature rollout, and is tightly coupled with RUCKUS Analytics to provide an integrated management and network intelligence cloud service with no need for on-premises hardware.

Features include:
*unified wired and wireless management of large venues and deployments with hundreds or thousands of sites;
*analytics tools to help IT react quickly to issues and stop network anomalies from affecting service levels;
*OpenAPI-compliant APIs that enable IT to automate any network function, create custom dashboards and reports and integrate RUCKUS Cloud into existing enterprise systems;
*an MSP dashboard that allows MSPs to offer branded services and manage multiple end customers;
*network health monitoring and measurement against SLAs;
*remote client troubleshooting; and
*12 months of historical data to aid network planning.

Such are the benefits of these features that market research firm Omdia is predicting the cloud-managed networking market to grow at a CAGR of 28.7%, with equipment revenues reaching $5.5 billion by 2023 and software-as-a-service revenues hitting $1.8 billion.

Overall, public cloud-managed networking deployments are expected to account for 14% of enterprise networking revenue by 2023. In the Wi-Fi segment, nearly a quarter of the installed base of access points will be managed through a public cloud platform.

CommScope describe RUCKUS Cloud as a foundational element of its vision for the enterprise, in which every element of the distributed connectivity and power delivery fabric is monitored by a single analytics engine and managed from a single, cloud-based console. This includes Wi-Fi and switching, copper and fibre structured cabling, and in-building cellular connectivity.

What’s new
Other new products recently announced by Ruckus that can also be managed by Ruckus Cloud include:
*Wi-Fi 6 access points optimised for highly density environments like educational campuses, hotels, airports and stadiums (the Ruckus R550, R650, R850, T750 and T750SE); and
*RUCKUS ICX 7550 fixed form-factor, multigigabit Ethernet switches for enterprise campuses, providing a purpose-built wired underlay for Wi-Fi 6 deployments, with support for the latest generation of smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Siva Valliapan, vice president, RUCKUS product management at CommScope, said: “The ICX 7550 series helps our education, hospitality and enterprise customers move into the future with support for Wi-Fi 6, as well as the latest high-speed networking standards up to 100 gigabit Ethernet. The new switch line is the latest example of how CommScope helps its customers stay ahead of the networking curve.”


All you need to know about Wi-Fi 6

The introduction of 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) and the ever greater number of Wi-Fi 6-compliant devices, offering improved throughput, faster speeds, better performance and stronger security, highlight the growing opportunity for resellers to talk to customers about their networking requirements.

It is safe to say that many would benefit from upgrading both their wired and wireless infrastructure, following years of increasing data volumes, growing adoption of bandwidth hungry applications (e.g. video-based collaboration) and more mobile, flexible working patterns.

To help resellers make the case for doing so, Purdicom, a value-added distributor specialising in Wi-Fi, networking and cloud technologies, has released a new report, The Future of Networking and the Networking Infrastructure.

Written in conjunction with network and connectivity company CommScope, owner of the Ruckus brand of converged wired and wireless enterprise networks, distributed by Purdicom since 2008, the report provides resellers, MSPs and their customers with a timely guide to current and future trends.

It includes chapters on the Wi-Fi 6 standard, its benefits and applications; the importance of upgrading old infrastructure; the future of networking, including fibre, Multigigabit 100GbE and IoT; and how to future-proof your network.

Informative and clearly written, The Future of Networking and the Networking Infrastructure is a useful primer for your customers and a potentially valuable sales tool for your employees.

To download a copy, please visit

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