December 02, 2016

6 Steps for a Successful E-rate Season

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By: Carly Botelho, Marketing Communications Manager @carly_botelho

 

It’s officially December, and as no-shave November comes to a close and we recover from our turkey comas, we’re preparing to focus our attention on present buying and holiday cheer. While many of us recognize this as the season of giving, we can’t let you forget that E-rate season is still underway.

E-rate, a government funded program, allows schools and libraries to implement and update in-building network infrastructure. For most school districts, this funding is to make sure all students have reliable access to Wi-Fi to enable digital learning and improve student outcomes. However, the process to apply and receive funding can be a little tedious; therefore, many schools do not finish the process or submit forms incorrectly, leading to a loss in funding.

To help this season, we did extensive research to simplify and outline the 6 steps you need to follow to get your E-rate funding:

  1. Determine Technology Investments
  2. Start the E-rate Process by filing form 470
  3. Choose a bidder by filing for 471
  4. Complete a Compliance review with the Program Integrity Audit
  5. Start your project by filing form 486
  6. E-rate funds received by filing form 472 or 474

Follow these 6 steps to ensure you fill out every form required, correctly, and on time, while also fully understanding the process and what it entails.

Below, and here, view our infographic to access detailed instructions on how to complete each step. We included embedded links to bring you right to each form, as well as additional resources to make sure you have everything you need:


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Get started applying today!

Not sure where to invest your E-rate dollars this year? Attend our live webinar on December 8th, Why Choose Ruckus for E-rate Networks, to learn how our E-rate eligible technology provides the highest performing solutions for schools.

You’ll learn:

  • How our technology provides the highest performing APs for schools
  • Why our stackable campus switches are easier to manage than others
  • The pros and cons of cloud vs. controller options

Register Now!

November 22, 2016

What The Evolution of APs and Cloud Means For The Next Generation of Enterprises

Phal Nanda

 

By: Phal Nanda, Director Product Line Management

 

When it comes to cloud managed WLAN, it’s intriguing how the various vendors have architected their solutions. Years ago, in the controller-less days, the WLAN market consisted of fat APS  that did everything within themselves, and simple SNMP-like managers were written to talk to these APs in order to collect statistics and push configuration. There wasn’t muchinter-AP smarts at that time.

Shortly thereafter  came the “thin” AP architecture, where larger controllers were designed to offload non-critical tasks away from the APs. This allowed  APs to do their most important tasks: client RF, client throughput optimizations and policy enforcements. Controllers helped coordinations amongst APs in real-time, creating and optimizing policies, and helping with roaming assist. This became the de-facto deployment method for large campuses where hundreds or even thousands of APs were installed in a single large site; however, controller and licenses weren’t  budget-friendly for smaller sites. EvolutionOfCloud_v1-01

APs had improved CPU/RAM capabilities and some of the controller functions could be completed by the APs themselves, particularly if they had only a small number of clients to serve. This gave rise to the newer controller-less architectures of current generation, for example, Aerohive, Aruba Instant and Ruckus Unleashed. For a true enterprise WLAN offering, these APs need to provide similar  functions, as the controller andAP solution offers.

Vendors have  also evolved to deliver their own cloud managed WLAN solutions. One vendor offered a disruptive cloud-scale management solution that utilized big data technologies to aggregate data, configuration and analytics for hundreds, even thousands of APs. Over time, the vendor added some true controller type features in the cloud to help APs in real-time decision making; they evolved from a Cloud Manager to a Cloud Controller type architecture.

 There is a need for a highly scalable cloud controller solution that can deliver enterprise grade WLAN service for small sites as well as large AP campuses. Aruba, Aerohive and Cisco all offer these services; however, they either don’t work on larger sites or the offering doesn’t utilize any of their controller technologies in the cloud. Alternatively, the Ruckus Cloud offering, built on top of the virtual SmartZones, is hosted in the public cloud and managed by Ruckus NOC and aims to bring the best of controller scale to the simplicity-driven IT staff of the next generation enterprises. While there is a lot of work ahead of us, we’re excited about the existing components and strong roadmap for the future.

November 15, 2016

Expanding our Wave 2 Portfolio: Making Networks Efficient For All Devices

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By: Devang Bhatt, Enterprise Product Marketing

 

Any technology company today will likely tell you we are in the midst of a massive digital transformation, and in order to keep up, businesses across the globe need things to be done faster than ever before. Whether it’s making decisions, getting a new product to market or serving customers, the need for speed is vital to succeed in today’s innovation climate. This is especially true for wireless networks.

The proliferation of Wave 2 11ac Wi-Fi technology embedded into client devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops continues to flood the market resulting in a diverse client mix ranging from slow, fast to high-speed clients. As indoor and outdoor wireless networks become more and more saturated with active users, the propensity to have a poor Wi-Fi experience increases. Research from Strategy Analytics predicts the number of connected devices per person will more than double to 4.3 by 2020.

It’s not just the multiple devices people now carry with them impacting Wi-Fi performance. It’s also the explosion of cloud-based applications such as video and voice that require robust network performance from the core to the edge.

Luckily, 802.11ac Wave 2 brings gigabit speed to wireless networks, eliminating the need to compromise between speed and performance. 802.11ac Wave 2 technology improves network efficiency by bringing MU-MIMO to Wi-Fi, enabling the access point (AP) to communicate with multiple client devices simultaneously. Before MU-MIMO, the AP would serve clients one at a time, in a round robin fashion. With MU-MIMO, network airtime efficiency increases because all clients (MU-MIMO and non MU-MIMO) are served faster. Picture1blog post

With 802.11ac Wave 2, you can stream Netflix to your mobile device without degrading the performance of the network for everyone else. In an outdoor scenario, several fans watching replays in a crowded stadium with their mobile devices will experience a good video experience.

Ruckus was first-to-market with Wave 2 APs in April 2015 and now has the industry’s broadest Wave 2 portfolio. We continue to expand that portfolio with today’s announcement of two new access points to the ZoneFlex™ family—the ZoneFlex R610 indoor access point (AP) and the ZoneFlex T610 outdoor AP. Both products are based on the IEEE 802.11ac Wave 2 standard featuring multi-user MIMO technology, which optimizes airtime efficiency to client devices and increases aggregate network throughput in dense indoor or outdoor deployments.

Both of these new additions to the Ruckus Wave 2 portfolio deliver high performance and coverage and benefit from more traditional Ruckus technologies such as BeamFlex+, ChannelFly and flexible deployment options. For those of you seeking a solution for your poor Wi-Fi performance, whether it’s in your hotel room, your apartment or outdoors such as college campuses, stadiums or transit hubs, the R610 and T610 11ac Wave 2 APs with MU-MIMO are designed to meet the tough requirements of indoor or outdoor deployments.

 

November 11, 2016

Ruckus Sails Into Another Smart City

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By: Wendy Stanton, Marketing Manager

 

Imagine being out on the ocean with the wind at your back, smelling the salty air and feeling the mist of water on your face, as you hang over the edge watching the bow of the boat slice through the waves. Some of us can only imagine this type of exhilaration and others have made a lifetime hobby out of sailing. However, we can all appreciate a great competition and everyone loves to gather on such occasions.

Located in Germany, Kiel is a traditional maritime and naval city famous for its sailing competitions and hosting the largest sailing event known as ‘Kieler Woche’ (Kiel Week). The festival takes place in June over the course of nine days, with more than 3 million guests attending. As is the case with any large event, cities need to prepare for the amount of visitors entering the area. So what do you think the city of Kiel’s main concern was for this event? You got it—fast and reliable Wi-Fi.

Nowadays, Wi-Fi isn’t just expected – it’s required, and Kiel Week was the perfect time to deploy a smart city Wi-Fi network. With the city of Kiel setting its sights on offering public Wi-Fi, they turned to Ruckus Wireless and partner ADDIX Internet Services to provide an innovative digital city experience to its citizens and visitors. Within two weeks, an elaborate network of Ruckus’ ZoneFlex access points enabled more than 50,000 users to simultaneously access the Internet via Wi-Fi throughout the entire event area.

In order to attract as many visitors to use the wireless network during Kiel Week, an app called Walk & Explore Kiel was developed. The app allowed visitors to plan their tour of Kiel. Users were given recommendations and instructions on more than 2,000 events in real time, enabling them to follow collateral events via live stream. This bandwidth-hungry application would have made the regular cellular network collapse during Kiel Week and would thus not be usable without comprehensive WLAN.

The City of Kiel’s use of Ruckus won’t stop there. They will continue to use the  WLAN solution by Ruckus Wireless in order to advance the project further and deliver reliable Wi-Fi for the other 51 weeks of the year.

Read more about how the city of Kiel became a smart city and check out the video on Kiel Week.

November 07, 2016

Happy 1st Birthday Unleashed!!

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By: Nat Chidambaram, Director of Product Management

 

November is finally here and the disappointment shown by well, everyone, in the lack of red cups at Starbucks is just another reminder that it’s almost the most wonderful time of the year again.

Along the same lines, I can’t believe it is already one year since we launched Unleashed, a controller-less solution. At the time of launch,only two 11ac APs (R500 and R600) were supported as part of Unleashed.

In just one short year, the Unleashed portfolio has expanded to support 10 different models of 11ac APs including our WAVE-2 high end R710 (indoor) and T710 (outdoor). In summary, Unleashed portfolio now supports R310, R500, R600, R710, T300, T300e, T301n, T301s, T710, and T710s. Thanks to two features-rich releases we have delivered since the launch.

Nearly 5000 customers have successfully deployed Unleashed worldwide, in the last 12 months alone. You won’t hear from any disappointed customers or partners here, but you will hear about how easy it is to deploy and manage the Unleashed network while not having to compromise on the features. It is widely known to the world about our RF leadership in Wi-Fi industry. A powerful combination of superior RF performance, incredible ease of deployment, along with customer-required rich features is just a clear winning combination.

Stay tuned to hear more from us on Unleashed! In the meantime, you can check our Unleashed website https://www.ruckuswireless.com/products/system-management-control/unleashed to get more details.

 



November 06, 2016

Our Shared Values

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By: Dan Rabinovitsj, COO of Ruckus 

 

Not long ago, Ruckus Wireless was acquired by Brocade. This started our new adventure to build a stronger presence at the Network Edge with tight integration of the ICX family of switches and an even greater commitment to grow revenue while delighting customers. After this week’s news that Broadcom intends to acquire Brocade and divest its IP Networking assets, I wanted to take the time to reflect on what we’ve achieved, our value as the Network Edge business unit of Brocade, and why we value our partners and customers and intend to continue delivering the quality products and customer service Ruckus is known for.

Brocade’s IP Networking business was built on the dedication and hard work of a team of innovative and talented employees and was recently bolstered by the acquisition of Ruckus. The combination resulted in a new type of networking company for the digital age, one that delivers solutions from the data center to the wireless edge. Brocade is a recognized leader in the IP Networking market, offering best-in-class data center, edge and software infrastructure solutions for the world’s leading enterprise, cloud and service provider customers. Dog-glasses

The good news is that Ruckus has a strong, growing business with #1 market share positions in key verticals like hospitality and service provider Wi-Fi with a growing base in K-12, higher education and smart cities. I have confidence in our portfolio. With recent launches of Ruckus Cloud Wi-Fi and Cloudpath™ ES 5.0 software, we’ve proven we can deliver high-value software and services based on customer requirements and market needs.  

Additionally, we have built an enviable world-class portfolio of wireless and wired products for the edge of the network. The recent success we have shown in selling ICX switches alongside Ruckus Wi-Fi solutions demonstrates the power of a combined portfolio. Our rolling thunder on Wave 2 11ac access points continues, with strong adoption rates across our whole customer portfolio. Last but not least, our thought and execution leadership in OpenG™ technology comes at a perfect time to generate significant interest in the future of converged wireless technology.

For our partners, I cannot express enough how committed we are to remaining a strong player in this market, wherever our new home may be. Our first priority remains the relationships we’ve built with our partners and providing top-notch products and services to our customers.

For all of our channel partners, go-to-market partners and customers, let me say that the now expanded Ruckus team is committed to you, your mission and your success. We thrive off mutual achievements—that is what embodies the spirit of Ruckus. We live to serve. 

Stay tuned as we transition through what we intend will be a short period of uncertainty. 

 

 

 

 

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October 26, 2016

Will That Wall Secure Your Network Like Cloudpath?

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By: Abhi Maras, Product Line Manager

 

We’re finally in the home stretch of the 2016 Presidential Election here in the U.S. While it has been the most interesting election season for better or worse, one candidate’s view of a specific problem and a simplified solution to build a wall has done nothing but arouse attention. It all goes back to how we as humans have viewed security when it comes to protecting things near and dear to us. To protect our homes we use fences, to protect monuments there are barriers, and to protect countries, well there could be a wall. The same thought has been applied to our networks; fortunately, Cloudpath is delivering a truly simplified approach to secure networks.

In the past, networks have been built on top of existing platforms over the years. As the security risks went up, there was a new security perimeter added to the network in order to secure the data and the devices within. History-china-great_wall_of_china-wall-invasion-invades-gra050701_low

There are couple of problems with this approach:

  • First, the user behavior has changed: gone are the days when users were shackled to an RJ-45 cable. The devices are more mobile than ever and the users are not within these perimeters that supposedly gives them the protection that they need. While network administrators are adding perimeter after perimeter in their networks, users are no longer within those perimeters; they’re staying mobile and connecting from anywhere they can. Security can no longer be restricted within those confines, but rather extended to anywhere the device goes.
  • Second, the problem with this approach is while new perimeters and new solutions are added in the name of security, the complexity and the cost of deploying and managing a secure network is Those who do not have the appetite for it give up and end up with a less than secure of a network, which is quite harmful to them and to their end users.

We at team Cloudpath saw these challenges and took on the sacred mission to secure the network while keeping it less complex and affordable. We also see the value in taking a device-centric approach, i.e.Employee/IT devices, guest devices, BYOD devices or shared/IoT devices.

What is Cloudpath and how does it solve this you ask? Cloudpath is a security and policy management platform designed to simplify the deployment of several services that are typically disparate and complex to manage. Cloudpath makes the best security more accessible to lean IT teams.

To learn more about how Cloudpath can help your network, please visit here.

October 17, 2016

OpenG Rap: Unlicensed to Ill

Indoor cell signal feels so wack! Do not worry though, MC Ruckus and the Dawgs (aka Ruckus OpenG engineers) will set you straight with this funky gold-teeth-laden introduction to new technology. We got your back, yo! #OpenG #WhatDidIJustWatch

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Catch OpenG in the Wild

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By: Juan Santiago, Director of Product Management

 

In partnership with Dell/EMC, Ruckus, now a Brocade company, will be showing its first live demo of OpenGTM at Dell EMC World this week.  OpenG is a solution that greatly improves in-building cellular coverage and capacity at a much lower cost than DAS or traditional small cells.  Because OpenG uses the newly-released US 3.5GHz CBRS coordinated shared radio spectrum, enterprises and venues can finally deploy a single in-building cellular solution to serve subscribers of all mobile operators.  To learn more about OpenG technology and why it’s the best approach to answer the indoor cellular coverage problem, visit https://www.ruckuswireless.com/openg Openg_dellworld blog post

The Dell EMC World demo highlights the Quality-of-Service (QoS) advantages of the 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum versus the existing Unlicensed 2.4GHz ISM or 5GHz UNII spectrum, especially in crowded Wi-Fi environments like the Dell EMC World conference.  A high-quality video stream and a video conference call are shown simultaneously over wired Ethernet, Unlicensed and CBRS.  Whereas, Unlicensed degrades as traffic increases and more users tune in. CBRS uses a central coordination service to assign a clean channel base on the exact location of the base transmitter.  In addition, Ruckus OpenG small cells use LTE technology on the CBRS spectrum, resulting in truly cellular-like QoS, mobility and seamless roaming. 

The demo will also include different components from key industry players, including:

  • Dell - Servers, NFV software, laptops
  • Brocade - Virtual Enhanced Packet Core, Ruckus CBRS LTE access points
  • Qualcomm - CBRS LTE modems
  • Federated Wireless - CBRS spectrum allocation database service

Look for me and check out the live demo at the Emerging Client Technologies area of the Dell Customer Solution Center, Booth C6, at the Austin Convention Center, October 18-20.

Can’t make it to Dell EMC World? Don’t worry, you can also visit Booth #C44 at Futurecom to learn more about how OpenG will solve today’s in-building cellular challenges.

#OpenG

October 13, 2016

WiFi data – The new gold mine!

Udaya Padmanabhuni

 

By: Udaya Padmanabhuni, Sr. Principal Product Manager

 

The number one role of network data is to improve the operational performance of the network and ultimately drive business objectives. Data analytics provide insights on network functionality and user habits that network managers have never had before. With these insights, enterprises can make decisions network infrastructure, uncover answers for hard-to-solve problems and use IT resources more effectively.

Let’s look at how service providers and enterprises are leveraging data and analytics to run and improve different aspects of their business.

For Service Providers, Business Runs on WiFi

Wi-Fi has become critical element for Service Providers world-wide. Five 9’s availability is expected, along with sufficient speeds to support various business critical applications. The demand for Wi-Fi speed is ever increasing. Service Providers are expected to provide affordable Wi-Fi access to businesses and consumers, and to be profitable. Businesses rely on customer satisfaction and maintaining acceptable levels of service. Service Providers are using the data from Wi-Fi networks to monitor the health of the network, and measure the Wi-Fi KPIs and quality of service. If customers experience degraded service, their businesses are impacted immediately. Data from Wi-Fi networks is used as a feedback loop to ensure that Wi-Fi service is up and running and adequate network SLAs are maintained. SCI

Service Providers are also using Wi-Fi data to improve operational efficiency. Service Providers would like to deploy an optimal number of APs to ensure SLAs, but not over provision (or under provision) the network resources. By collecting the Wi-Fi data and analyzing user patterns and behaviors, traffic and volume of data, Service Providers are optimizing the deployment of Wi-Fi access points and other related network infrastructure. This data is also used to configure Tx power levels on access points to minimize the interference and improve the Wi-Fi performance.

When data collection and analysis has to be done manually it is a huge challenge to service providers. While the market for service providers is robust, the Wi-Fi demand is growing, the number of access points is ever increasing, and new applications are being deployed.

Enterprises Need Increased Efficiency and Reduced Cost

IT departments are tasked to ensure the health of Wi-Fi infrastructure, reduce the IT costs, and maintain the Wi-Fi service, among other things. Wi-Fi has become critical service to run the business. Data is collected from Wi-Fi networks to monitor, maintain health of the network and ensure the availability of Wi-Fi network. Wi-Fi networks are ever growing, while IT staff and budgets are remaining constant or more often, being reduced.

Enterprises are challenged to maintain the health of Wi-Fi infrastructure, while demand for higher SLAs is growing continuously. With fewer IT staff tasked with many projects, IT departments are under tremendous pressure to increase efficiency and reduce costs of Wi-Fi infrastructure. This is creating more and more challenges for IT department.

Enter Ruckus SmartCell Insight (SCI)

SCI is a reporting and analytics engine that provides visible insights into Ruckus Wi-Fi infrastructure. These insights will help drive key business decisions and improve operational efficiency of Ruckus Wi-Fi infrastructure. SCI enables decision makers to make informed and intelligent decisions about Wi-Fi infrastructure. When SCI is deployed in conjunction with Ruckus controllers and access points, businesses will be able to achieve operational efficiency of Wi-Fi infrastructure, reduce Wi-Fi costs and improve the overall profitability of business.

Check it out for yourself. SCI comes with 90-day built-in trial. More information about can be found here