Ruckus unveils subscription-free cloud service CloudManager for Xclaim

Ruckus Wireless has unveiled CloudManager for Xclaim, a subscription-free cloud service to manage its Xclaim family of indoor and outdoor business-class WiFi access points (APs).

The Xclaim entry-level enterprise WiFi products from Ruckus Wireless are aimed at businesses. The CloudManager for Xclaim utilizes the power of the Amazon cloud to provide a global management service for Xclaim access points.

Other than the cost of Xclaim APs, there are no other upfront costs, nor monthly, quarterly or annual recurring subscription fees. The company is offering CloudManager as part of the existing support forums and software upgrades for Xclaim products.

Biju Nair, VP and co-GM of the Xclaim product line, said: “We have had terrific feedback about the quality and performance of Xclaim access points since their launch last fall, and now CloudManager adds a significant boost to the management and control flexibility, something both our channel partners and customers have been craving for.”

Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure at IDC, said: “Cloud-managed wireless LAN may be a strategic solution for some small and medium-sized businesses, particularly in the distributed enterprise realm. Network managers in this space should consider cloud-managed WiFi models like CloudManager for Xclaim alongside the alternatives.”

The company said CloudManager can be accessed over any wired, Wi-Fi or cellular Internet connection. Management of one or more locations is possible from a single login to the CloudManager service, regardless of whether a business owner has a single location with one or more Xclaim access points.

CloudManager can support an unlimited number of Xclaim access points, either from a single location with one AP or up to thousands of locations with 100 or more APs per each location, with CloudManager providing easy management through a single pane of glass.

The company said CloudManager stores one week of historical Xclaim access point data, which can be viewed in real-time at any moment. CloudManager includes pre-configured management reports, which can be downloaded or emailed directly to third parties to facilitate records of week-by-week network performance.

CloudManager uses a responsive web-browser interface, allowing access by the browser on any smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac, with the user interface automatically adjusting to help optimally suit the client device type.

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