CommScope has announced RUCKUS Cloud, an AI-enabled network management as-a-Service platform, that enables enterprise IT and managed service providers (MSPs) to easily manage a converged wired and wireless network. Aided by Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and built on a programmable microservices foundation, RUCKUS Cloud merges single pane management with network visibility and service assurance. This allows IT teams to troubleshoot faster and proactively improve the user experience.
According to market research firm Omdia, the cloud-managed networking market is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 28.7%, with equipment revenues forecasted at US$5.5 billion and Software-as-a-Service revenues forecasted at US$1.8 billion by 2023. Overall, public cloud-managed networking deployments will account for 14% of enterprise networking revenue by 2023, and in the Wi-Fi segment, nearly a quarter of the installed base of access points will be managed through a public cloud platform.
“Networks are changing rapidly, with accelerating growth in users, network elements, devices and device diversity that’s driving a new level of network complexity, making it difficult for IT organisations to keep up,” said Matthias Machowinski, Omdia Senior Research Director, Enterprise Networks. “Modern cloud-managed networking and ML/AI-based assurance tools provide automation and in-depth network insights, promising to give control back to the IT organisation and deliver greater efficiency.”
The RUCKUS Cloud platform is built using a microservices-based, controller-in-the-cloud architecture that ensures full programmability, scalability, high availability and rapid fix and feature rollout.
“Enterprise IT operations and managed service providers can realise significant efficiency and user experience gains,” said Pramod Badjate, Senior Vice President and General Manager for CommScope’s RUCKUS portfolio. “These gains will continue to accrue as we introduce new ML and AI capabilities that will, over time, make the network more autonomous and self-healing.”
RUCKUS Cloud is a foundational element of CommScope’s vision for the enterprise in which every element of the distributed connectivity and power delivery fabric is monitored by a single analytics engine and managed from a single, cloud-based console. CommScope uniquely offers every element of this fabric, including Wi-Fi and switching, copper and fibre structured cabling and in-building cellular connectivity.
CommScope customers are saying the following. “RUCKUS Cloud is a simple and easy-to-use product that makes network management painless for any network admin,” said Kyle Thompson, Account Manager, Pine Cove Consulting. “Combined with reliable RUCKUS hardware, it lets administrators quickly and easily deploy networks with minimal intervention. If intervention is needed, the integral service assurance features let administrators know where the trouble lies and what’s causing it, avoiding unnecessary steps in the troubleshooting process.”
Tyler Faria, Technology Director at Westside Church, said: “We installed RUCKUS Cloud right before the pandemic. With shelter-in-place, our operating model changed overnight from live events at multiple sites to live-streaming simultaneous HD camera feeds to hundreds of members.
“Our previous network couldn’t even handle the connections, and I had to send someone to each site in order to make network changes. Now, we manage multiple networks from one interface, remotely – even during live-streaming events – and a single Wi-Fi 6 AP at each site handles those video streams. We spend no time travelling to multiple sites and far less time managing what is now one network. And we do far more with the time we do spend.”