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 and 802.11n 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.
- All-in-One Simplicity
- Virtual SmartZone (vSZ-H and vSZ-D) is a WLAN “network-in-a-box,” enabling IT to easily and cost-effectively deploy and scale a high-performance WLAN, with no requirement for stand-alone elements.
- 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.
- 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 near real-time feed of all KPIs, enabling IT to effectively respond in the event of rapidly deteriorating network conditions, without requiring firewall pinholes.
- Full Authentication Support
- Supports authentication via EAP-SIM, EAP-AKA, EAP-TLS (x.509), EAP-TTLS and WISPr.
- Additional Advanced Features
- Rogue AP detection, interference detection and mitigation, band steering, airtime fairness, hotspot, guest networking services and more.
Number of APs supported30,000 per cluster
Clients300,000 per cluster
Ethernet ports1 or 3 vNIC
Authentication support802.1x, local database, Active Directory, RADIUS, LDAP
Guest networking / captive portalYes
AP discovery and controlL2/L3
Management interfaceWeb, SCI
Management protocol(s)SNMP v3
VLAN supportDynamic VLANs
DeploymentPrivate / Public Cloud