Ruckus to bring Brocade’s wired and wireless networking products

Brocade Ruckus ICX 7150 switchRuckus will now offer both wired and wireless networking for enterprise, hospitality, service provider, government and small-and-medium business (SMB) customers.

By combining its wireless products with the ICX wired switching portfolio from Brocade, Ruckus now offers high-performance access infrastructure to optimize the end-user experience, simplify network setup and management for IT managers.

Ruckus also announced a new multi-gigabit solution that delivers more efficient performance while providing flexible scalability and simplified management.

Ruckus R720 AP has a retail price of $1,295. The price of ICX 7150 Z-Series switch is $6,150.

“The expansion of Ruckus to include both wired and wireless products is a tremendous opportunity for us to carry forward the outstanding ICX product line and technology innovation we have gained as part of Brocade,” said Dan Rabinovitsj, chief operating officer of Ruckus, a part of Brocade.

The new ICX 7150 Z-Series switch and Ruckus R720 access point (AP) solution does not require the need to rip and replace existing CAT 5e cabling infrastructure. The switch and AP can be dropped into current environments, saving costs and installation time while increasing performance.

Ruckus said Cloudpath Enrollment System software, a security and policy management platform, enables organizations to establish secure, policy-based access for all wired and wireless devices. Cloudpath allows organizations to apply a single unified approach to device security and policy, regardless of client OS or underlying networking infrastructure.

“The announcement that Ruckus will expand its solution by incorporating wired Ethernet switching into its portfolio makes absolute sense and was expected as part of the acquisition announcement from ARRIS earlier this year,” said Nolan Greene, senior research analyst, IDC.

Ruckus ICX 7150 Z-Series Switch includes sixteen 2.5 GbE ports and thirty-two 10/100/1000 ports. The 7150-Z includes dual hot-swappable power supplies and fans and is stackable with other switches in the ICX 7150 family. Eight 10 GbE uplink/stacking ports doubles stacking and uplink bandwidth over previous ICX 7150 models.

Ruckus R720 Access Point is capable of 160MHz and 80+80MHz channelization and is designed for use in high-density indoor applications.

“Providing Wi-Fi to our fans was a priority for us this year, but we are excited to gain a significant amount of fan information from the Ruckus APs that Skinny IT installed throughout the ballpark,” said Matt Ratliff, senior director of marketing and promotions, Frisco RoughRiders.

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