Ruckus ICX Switches

Flexible Scalability and Simplified Management

Ruckus innovates across wired technologies, as well as wireless, to enable awesome customer experiences. The Ruckus ICX Family of fixed form-factor switches work together to simplify network set-up and management, enhance security, minimizes troubleshooting and make upgrades easy. Our low-latency, non-blocking architecture ensures excellent throughput for the most demanding video, Unified Communications, VDI, and mobile applications.

Whether you're deploying a standalone switch, a stack, or a fabric network, you’ll reap the benefits of Ruckus performance, flexibility and investment protection.  Read more about the Ruckus ICX Switch families: View the ICX Family Brochure

Grow Without Disruption

Stack up to 12 Ruckus ICX Switches into a single logical switch using standard copper and optics over distances of 10 kilometers:

  • Auto-provision your switches
  • Easily insert or replace stack members
  • Perform In-Service Software Upgrade of the entire stack with no downtime

Simple, Reliable Campus Connections

Use Ruckus Campus Fabric technology to create a resilient fabric network and eliminate any single point of failure along with other important capabilities:

  • Consolidate management across multiple switch families to reduce maintenance time and costs
  • Use shared network services to bring the advanced services of premium core switches to entry-level access switches
  • Manage up to 36 access switches as a single, logical network element

Future-Proof Your Network

Only Ruckus ICX switches provide the ability to upgrade uplink ports from 1GbE to 10GbE with a software license or manage up to 1800 ports with a single IP address.  They offer customers the flexibility to easily build and grow their networks – to use the same switches stand-alone, in stacks, in a fabric or in a data center.  Our customers can purchase with confidence that their networks will last for many years.

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
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Campus Fabric Technology

Performance Optimization

What it means:

Based on open standard IEEE 802.1BR Bridge Port Extension technology, Ruckus Campus Fabric integrates premium, mid-range, and entry-level switches by collapsing the network access, aggregation, and core layers into a single domain that shares services.

The control bridge and a port extender are the building blocks of a Campus Fabric. The traditional aggregation/core layer is replaced by switches that act as the control bridge which is the brain of the complete Campus Fabric technology. The access layer is replaced by switches that operate in port extender mode; these switches provide connectivity to PCs, laptops, IP phones, and other access devices. The control bridge communicates with the attached port extender devices using protocols defined in the IEEE 802.1BR standards.

Why you should care:

Traditional access networks are highly inefficient and rigid, requiring network teams to connect to each individual network devices to provision resources, apply configuration changes, and deploy network policies.

Unlike the traditional three-tier network design, Ruckus Campus Fabric collapses the network into a single logical device. This design centralizes control, simplifies deployment and management of services, and scales easily to handle growth. All the links between the switches are active at all times and traffic is load balanced. The results are:

  • Optimized performance
  • Increased resiliency
  • Faster network service deployment

Multigigabit Technology

General Wireless Technologies

What it means:

Multi-gigabit technology and specifically the IEEE 802.3bz standard, was formally introduced as 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T in 2016. IEEE 802.3bz is a standard for Ethernet over twisted-pair copper wire at speeds of 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps.

Why you should care:

Gigabit connections have served us well for many years, delivering fast low-latency data to laptops, smartphones and other devices. However, the latest generation of APs can overwhelm a 1 GbE connection so that the wired network becomes a performance bottleneck. Multi-gigabit technology, which operates above 1 Gbps, supports a new data rate of 2.5 Gbps, while still leveraging commonly deployed Cat 5e cabling. Enterprises can therefore maximize the performance of their WiFi networks in the most cost-effective, least disruptive manner. The Ruckus ICX Z-series switches and the Ruckus R720 access point support multi-gigabit technology / 802.3bz to help organizations maximize their WiFi network performance.

OpenFlow Hybrid Port Mode

Performance Optimization

What it means:

Ruckus OpenFlow hybrid port mode allows users to enable OpenFlow on any desired port on the Ruckus ICX switch while supporting other traditional switching features concurrently without increasing latency.

Why you should care:

Customers want to be able to create an OpenFlow overlay on top of existing production networks. The OpenFlow overlay would be used to support new premium services and SDN applications on top of the underlay network. With Ruckus hybrid port mode, a separate network is not needed to realize the benefits of SDN and OpenFlow.


Location and Analytics

What it means:

sFlow is a standards-based packet sampling technology embedded into the Ruckus ICX Switches to provide network managers a scalable technique for measuring network traffic, collecting, storing, and analyzing traffic data. This enables tens of thousands of interfaces to be monitored from a single location.

Why you should care:

With increasing reliance on network services for business critical operations, any change in the network can impact the network performance and reliability. If sFlow is configured on various links, sFlow helps to:

  • Analyze traffic statistics and trends on those links
  • Overcome unexpected network congestion
  • Improve capacity planning


Management Simplification

What it means:

Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) is a standard based encapsulation protocol that enables running an overlay network on the top of an existing physical network. An overlay network is a virtual network that delivers L2 services on the top of an exiting L3 network infrastructure creating new virtual L2 broadcast domains decoupled from the underlay network physical topology.

Why you should care:

VXLAN makes it easier for network engineers to bridge network segments across physical locations separated by L3 boundaries. It also facilitates traffic isolation between various applications and various classes of users or tenants, promoting security and privacy. VXLAN deployed on campus networks can speed up new location onboarding and reduces complexity when deploying new applications and network services across the campus.

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