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Ruckus Launches Virtual SmartCell Gateway Carrier-Class Virtualized WLAN Controller

By Shamila Janakiraman May 27, 2014

Managed service providers or MSPs depend heavily on managed WLAN services for higher revenues, as many businesses are eager to outsource this function. Mobile network operators want to implement architectures that are based on the principles of cloud computing and network function virtualization.

Ruckus Wireless introduced the Ruckus virtual SmartCell Gateway (vSCG), a carrier-class virtualized wireless LAN (WLAN) controller which streamlines the development of highly scalable and resilient cloud-based wireless LAN (WLAN) services.

The Ruckus vSCG can run in a dedicated or multi-tenant mode.  In the former, each managed services customer will receive an instance of Ruckus vSCG running on a dedicated virtual machine (VM).  The multi-tenant mode serves several managed services customers using one vSCG. 

The virtual SCG, a carrier-grade network functions virtualization (NFV) solution, serves the needs of mobile network operators (MNOs), multiple system operators (MSOs), managed service providers (MSPs) and enterprises. The Ruckus vSCG also supports the WLAN controller features of Ruckus SCG 200.

The Ruckus vSCG can be used with Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi ZoneFlex access points (APs). It can work as a virtual application within the KVM (Kernel-base Virtual Machine) or VMware vSphere virtualization environments.

The company has designed the Ruckus vSCG based on the European telecommunications standards institute (ETSI) NFV architecture. Soon Ruckus Wireless will provide a virtualized infrastructure and service managers that help manage Ruckus virtualized appliances. The integrated support for open-source OpenStack enables a common platform that can host the Ruckus virtual appliances from a single pane of glass.

The vSCG enables service providers to cost-effectively implement managed services in various ways to serve their individual needs and also scale as per requirement. The Ruckus vSCG can also support value added smart wireless services including location based services and analytics like Ruckus SPoT smart positioning technology and Ruckus SmartCell Insight.

In addition it can ensure data plane flexibility, and carrier-class features like Hotspot 2.0 and multi-tenant support. The WLAN control plane allows some Wi-Fi user traffic to be forwarded directly from the AP to the Internet, instead of forwarding to an operator, partner, or enterprise network for additional handling.



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