Virtual SmartZone – High Scale

Virtual Wireless LAN Controller for Operators, ISPs and Large Campus

If you’re looking to build an all-virtual wired and wireless management system in your data center or private cloud, look no further. If you need it to be multi-tenant capable to support your Networking-as-a-Service (NaaS) or managed services business, you’ve come to the right place. Virtual SmartZone – High Scale (vSZ-H) is a carrier-grade network controller that gives you the flexibility you need to manage complex network architectures—and business models—for networks of practically any scale.

Need to integrate with your own management system or other tools? No problem. Open APIs let 3rd party applications easily invoke SmartZone OS functionality.

Together with Ruckus access points and switches you get scale, control and deployment flexibility and your users get a consistently great experience—fast, reliable and secure.

Offer Great NaaS

The vSZ-H enables operators and managed service providers (MSPs) to easily, flexibly and securely deliver Networking-as-a-Service (NaaS).

  • Open APIs enable your applications to invoke just about any function or configuration available in the SmartZone OS Graphical User Interface (GUI) or Command Line Interface (CLI).
  • Sophisticated zone and domain segmentation gives service providers the flexibility to supply non-hosting partners with their own domains, to run different SmartZone OS versions in different zones, and countless other options.
  • An independent, containerized tenant architecture minimizes the risk of degraded end-user experience and enhances data privacy between tenants.

Lower CAPEX by Going Virtual

A virtualized network puts CAPEX where it’s needed most, while making your network more flexible.

  • A single low-cost license and a commodity x86 server with any popular hypervisor is all that’s needed for a vSZ-H instance. A single cluster scales to 450K clients, 30K APs and 1,500 switches.
  • Active/Active 3+1 clustering eliminates idle controller capacity and data loss during redundant failover, while minimizing configuration time when nodes are added.
  • The vSZ-H centralizes LAN and WLAN management and flexibly integrates with the Virtual SmartZone – Data Plane (vSZ-D) or external WLAN gateways to accommodate complex data plane routing topologies.
  • IT can offload WLAN and connectivity services such as DHCP/NAT to the AP or vSZ-D to reduce expenses for separate routers and servers.

Deliver a Better Quality of Experience

The vSZ-H simplifies workflows and gives IT the tools to ensure a better end-user experience.

  • Visual Connection Diagnostics lets IT troubleshoot client connection problems in real-time, helping to pinpoint the stage at which the failure occurs.
  • Ruckus “super-KPIs” enable IT to more quickly detect and react to potential user experience degradation.
  • SmartZone streaming APIs push in near real-time the full array of Ruckus network data, statistics and alarms to IT’s preferred analytics tool with no fidelity loss and no need to create a firewall pinhole.
  • Easily monitor networks with a customizable interface and view topology maps, network element health, cluster health, traffic analysis, spectrum analysis and more.

Deploy Great Wi-Fi

Ruckus is known for exceptional Wi-Fi performance even under the most challenging network conditions. This means exceptionally happy users.

  • Read this independent report showing how Ruckus APs outperform all other 802.11ac wireless APs.
  • Learn more about how Ruckus BeamFlex adaptive antenna technology creates optimal antenna patterns for each device for better signal quality.
  • Read how Ruckus ChannelFly technology dynamically switches a client to a better channel to mitigate interference.
Mass Scale, Virtually
The vSZ-H makes possible an all-virtual data center deployment on commodity hardware at 450,000-client scale, minimizing CAPEX and maximizing server reuse and flexibility.
Ultra-High Availability
The vSZ-H protects itself from catastrophic failures with intra-cluster, and inter-cluster failover. Geo-redundancy with active/active clusters deliver higher availability versus traditional hot-standby.
Multi-Tier Managed Services
Multi-tenancy, domain segmentation and containerization enable secure delivery of managed network services in complex, multi-tier business models across multiple geographies, including MVNO models.
Comprehensive Experience Management
Visual Connection Diagnostics speeds and simplifies troubleshooting and client problem resolution while unique “super-KPIs” enable IT to more quickly detect and react to potential user experience degradation.
Content Filtering
Easily create and enforce content polices to protect users from accessing inappropriate websites using URL Filtering.
Multi-Variate, Role-Based Policies
Optional Ruckus Cloudpath integration lets IT to create rich location-, device- and user-based policy rules, enabling network segmentation based on real security and policy needs rather than on a one-size-fits-all approach.
High-Fidelity Streaming Data
The SmartZone streaming API pushes in near real-time the full array of Ruckus network data, statistics and alarms to IT’s preferred analytics tool with no fidelity loss and no need to create a firewall pinhole, enabling IT to effectively respond in the event of rapidly deteriorating network conditions.
Additional Advanced Features
The SmartZone OS advanced feature set includes rogue AP detection and mitigation, adaptive band balancing, load balancing, airtime fairness, hotspot and guest services, capacity-based admission control, and more.

Overview

  • Number of APs Supported
    • Up to 10,000 per controller
    • Up to 30,000 per cluster
  • Number of Switches Supported
    • Up to 500 per controller
    • Up to 1,500 per cluster
  • Clients
    • Up to 150,000 per controller
    • Up to 300,000 per cluster
  • Ethernet Ports
    1 or 3 vNIC
  • Authentication Support
    802.1x, local database, Active Directory, RADIUS, LDAP
  • Guest Networking / Captive Portal
    Yes
  • DHCP Server
    No
  • AP Discovery and Control
    L2/L3
  • Management Interface
    Web, SCI
  • Management Protocol(s)
    SNMP v3
  • VLAN Support
    Dynamic VLANs
  • Deployment
    Private / Public Cloud

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