Virtual SmartZone – High Scale (vSZ-H)

Virtual Wireless LAN Controller for Operators, ISPs and Large Campus

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

Want more control over the end-user experience? We’ve got you covered. Manage quality of experience with intuitive, visual troubleshooting and analytics tools.

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

Offer Great WaaS

Virtual SmartZone - High Scale enables service providers to easily, flexibly and securely deliver Wi-Fi-as-a-Service (WaaS).

  • Sophisticated zone and domain segmentation gives MSPs the flexibility to enable non-hosting service providers with their own domains, to run different SmartZone OS versions in different zones, and countless other options.
  • Independent, containerized tenants minimize the risk of degraded end user experience and enhances data privacy between tenants.

Lower CAPEX by Going Virtual

An all-virtual WLAN puts CAPEX where it’s needed most, while supporting network flexibility.

  • 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 30,000 APs.
  • Active/Active 3+1 clustering eliminates wasted idle controller capacity and data loss during redundant failover, while minimizing configuration time when nodes are added.
  • Ruckus vSZ-H centralizes WLAN management and flexibly integrates with the Ruckus vSZ-D or external WLAN gateways to accommodate complex data plane routing topologies.
  • 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 gives IT the tools to ensure a better end-user Quality of Experience (QoE), while simplifying their workflow.

  • 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.
  • Near real-time push streaming enables IT to access the full ruckus KPI library from their preferred analytics tool with no delay, no fidelity loss and no need to create a firewall pinhole.
  • Easily monitor networks with a customizable interface and view topology maps, AP 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.

  • Independent report shows Ruckus APs outperforming all other 802.11ac wireless APs.
  • Patented Ruckus BeamFlex adaptive antenna technology creates optimal antenna patterns for each device.
  • ChannelFly technology dynamically switches a client to a better channel if the one it’s using starts to degrade.
Mass Scale, Virtually
The vSZ-H makes possible an all-virtual data center deployment on commodity hardware at 30,000-AP scale, minimizing CAPEX and maximizing server reuse and flexibility.
Ultra-High Availability
SmartZone protects 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 WLAN services in complex, multi-tier business model and multi-geo contexts, including MVNO.
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
For organizations using their own network analytics tools, SmartZone supplies a streaming feed of KPIs, enabling IT to effectively respond in the event of rapidly deteriorating network conditions, without requiring firewall pinholes.
Additional Advanced Features
SmartZone also supports rogue AP detection and mitigation, adaptive band balancing, load balancing, airtime fairness, hotspot and guest services, capacity-based admission control, and more.


  • Number of APs Supported
    30,000 per cluster
  • Clients
    • 300,000 per cluster
  • Ethernet Ports
    1 or 3 vNIC
  • Authentication Support
    802.1x, local database, Active Directory, RADIUS, LDAP
  • Guest Networking / Captive Portal
  • DHCP Server
  • AP Discovery and Control
  • Management Interface
    Web, SCI
  • Management Protocol(s)
    SNMP v3
  • VLAN Support
    Dynamic VLANs
  • Deployment
    Private / Public Cloud