The right wireless solution for an organization depends on the client devices and applications used by its employees. As those devices and application platforms increasingly revolve around handhelds and tablets, the wireless infrastructure must be ready to handle the unique challenges of a mobile environment. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is an undeniable movement, but it takes shape differently for each business.
With unique needs, each business will have its own approach to BYOD, but there are several common themes:
- Each user has more devices, often 2-4 per person
- Users need easy access to the network from multiple device platforms
- Mobile phones and tablets use should be enabled for productivity without increasing security risks
- Different device types need varying levels of access permission
- Network administrators need better network visibility and monitoring
- The wireless infrastructure must provide more capacity and improve service reliability
Ruckus has a fully integrated body of features to handle BYOD stress points for both administrators and users. First, we want to ensure that organizations can leverage their existing resources for BYOD enablement. To that end, we integrate with existing network segmentation and security architectures, authentication protocols, and directory services. Second, businesses need purpose-built features to handle mobile device connection and security challenges. Ruckus has built smarter device provisioning and onboarding tools and workflows that are foolproof for users and simple to implement by IT staff.
Third, administrators need flexibility to provide unique policies for specific device types. Our device fingerprinting and access control features provide this level of granular enforcement. The same device-specific awareness used to enforce policy is also brought to bear on monitoring and visibility to improve network operations, troubleshooting, and policy changes over time.
Finally, Ruckus provides the RF stability, scalability, and capacity needed to enable BYOD. Robust wireless performance enables users to connect and stay connected, making BYOD initiatives work for the business.
Dynamic PSK offers a per-user PSK, which finds an ideal balance between 802.1X and passphrases. It’s easy to implement, but highly secure.
Zero-IT Activation securely provisions and onboards wireless clients in an intuitive way, enabling network users to connect without IT staff intervention
Directory Integration allows businesses to leverage existing directory investments—ActiveDirectory, LDAP, eDirectory—for BYOD device onboarding, user authentication, and policy
Device Fingerprinting and Policy provides the flexibility to create authorization profiles based on user, role, and device type
Client Visibility delivers granular monitoring and diagnostics so administrators and support staff can keep better tabs on, and make informed decisions about, usage trends and network behavior
Pervasive Performance is a Ruckus specialty. With unique features like BeamFlex, ChannelFly, and SmartCast, businesses can count on reliable connections and optimized mobile device capacity with fewer APs and less expensive solutions.
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