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Ruckus Virtual SmartZone – Essentials (vSZ-E)
NFV-based WLAN Controller for Mid-Size Enterprise


Ruckus Virtual SmartZone – Essentials (vSZ-E)

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Ruckus Virtual SmartZone Software
Virtual SmartZone 3.0 or Newer Software Virtual Appliance, 1 Instance, Includes 1 AP license
Need to purchase RTU support license to continue using vSZ beyond 90 days. Support is required.
#L09-VSCG-WW00
Our Price: $995.00
Virtual SmartZone AP Management License for SZ-100/vSZ 3.X, 1 Ruckus AP
Support is required.
#L09-0001-SG00
Our Price: $100.00

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Overview:

Enterprise-Class Virtual WLAN Controller Designed to Run in the Cloud

WiFi is faced with growing challenges in delivering high-performance and reliable WiFi. Enterprises must meet consumer needs for high-density, flexibility, and cost efficiency. The Ruckus virtual SmartZone – Essentials (vSZ-E) is a virtualized WLAN controller solution that meets these demands.

Designed for small, medium and large enterprises, the Ruckus vSZ-E delivers the cost and flexibility of virtualization with the scaling capabilities of the SmartZone Software Platform. This new WiFi platform offers ‘WiFi-as-you-grow’— the capability for your network to grow with and adapt to the changing needs of your business and deliver an optimal wireless experience.

  • Performance and scalability: Supports 1,024 APs and 25,000 WiFi clients per vSZ-E instance.
  • Network Flexibility: deploy a virtual controller that addresses the particular scale and performance needs of your business and your network.
  • WiFi as you grow: easily transition from another SmartZone WiFi controller to either vSZ version with Smart Licensing.

The virtual SmartZone (vSZ) is a scalable and versatile WLAN controller designed to run in a private cloud deployment. It eliminates the difficulties enterprises experience with building, managing, and scaling up to very large-scale WLAN networks. The vSZ implements a whole host of new features that optimize the Wi-Fi deployment for the enterprise.

The vSZ can support over a thousand Ruckus access points (APs) and tens of thousands of subscribers per virtual instance. The vSZ provides all control plane and management functions, with data plane traffic being routed directly from the APs to a separate WLAN gateway. This approach is consistent with the industry trend toward Software Defined Networks (SDN) that split out the control plane from the data plane.

The vSZ can be deployed as a private cloud to support one specific network deployment, or in a public cloud that can support hundreds or even thousands of managed WLAN networks. The vSZ can run on either VMware Esxi 5.5 and later or Hyper-V/Azure or KVM (CentOS 7.0 64 bit).

The hypervisor function creates the virtual machines (VMs) that the vSZ application can run on. As traffic and load increases, the hypervisor can obtain additional resources from the underlying hardware layer to meet the demand. These resources can later be released as circumstances dictate.

Virtualizing the SmartZone

Virtualizing the SmartZone involves running the vSZ application and its OS on top of either the KVM or the VMware vSphere hypervisor (see Figure 1). Virtualization enables a whole host of new capabilities including:

  • Ability to dynamically add hardware resources as required to support the needs of a rapidly growing enterprise, enabling a much more efficient use of data center resources
  • High availability by enabling the hypervisor to shift applications to different server modules to address failures. The vSZ application can also run in Active/Active mode for extremely high availability.

The vSZ-H runs on a virtual machine established by the hypervisor. It in-turn runs atop the physical x86 blade servers.

Figure 1: The vSZ runs on a virtual machine established by the hypervisor. It in-turn runs atop the physical x86 blade servers. When deploying the vSZ in a data center, the existing cloud service management and orchestration function can interface with the vSZ through an API.

Benefits:

Scalability for Enterprises
The vSZ is a virtualized WLAN Controller that runs in the cloud and can start with smaller deployments and easily ramp-up to support networks with thousands of APs and tens of thousands of users.

Cost Effective Centralized Licencing Framework
As part of Ruckus Smart Licensing, customers only purchase licenses for the number of APs that need to be supported and additional licenses can be added for a pay-as-you-grow model. License purchases under Smart Licensing can also be easily transferred to other SmartZone devices using a cloud licensing portal.

Smart Meshing Support
Integrated Ruckus Smart Mesh Networking technology automates deployment and eliminates the need to run Ethernet cable to every Smart Wi-Fi access point.

Call Admission Control
This new feature helps to ensure existing Wi-Fi users’ quality of experience is maintained when the maximum load of the access point is reached.

SmartWay Bonjour Gateway Support
The SmartWay Bonjour Gateway allows customers to discover Bonjour services (such as AirPlay, Apple TV and other Apple network services) and other mDNS based products like ChromeCast across VLANs and subnets.

Device Policy Enforcement
Administrators can now apply rules to allow, deny, rate limit, or assign devices to specific VLANs based on the device operating system.

Guest Access Enhancements
Guest access on the vSZ has been enhanced to provide added functionality and ease of use. Guest credentials can be delivered via SMS using Twillio or email.

Features:

Monitoring

  • Enables quick views of the health of the network, APs, connected devices, and alerts
  • Provides detailed views of the AP status and client data

Remote Troubleshooting

  • Speeds problem resolution across multiple sites with easy drill-down menus
  • Enables IT to perform troubleshooting commands from the cloud

Simplified Deployment

  • Simplifies configuration by applying consistent configurations and firmware to a group of APs
  • • Smart Meshing streamlines costly and complex deployment

Reporting

  • Creates scheduled or on-demand network and security reports
  • Delivers PCI-compliance reports for compliance

One-Click Provisioning

  • Downloads AP configurations from the cloud automatically

Smart Licensing

  • Simply port licenses from other SmartZone platforms to adapt your WiFi network to your business needs.

Smart Positioning Technology (SPoT) Location Based Services

  • The industry’s first cloud-based location technology enabling service providers and enterprises to deliver a wide range of LBS applications.

Smartway Bonjour Gateway Support

  • Zero-configuration service that supports client access to services like Apple’s AirPlay, AirPrint, and other mDNS products like ChromeCast across VLANs and subnets.

Hotspot 2.0 Release 2

  • WiFi offloading with network discovery and carrier authentication using 802.1X/EAP as a service.

Specifications:


Supported Configurations
Hypervisor Support VMware Esxi 5.5 and later, Hyper-V/Azure, KVM (CentOS 7.0 64 bit), Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Supported Configurations Managed APs
  • Up to 1,024 per vSZ
  • Supports 1+1 cluster
Concurrent Mobiles (UEs)/Stations Up to 25,000 users per vSZ instance
WLANs Up to 65,534 per vSZ

# of APS # of Clients vCPU (Core) RAM (GB) Disk Vol Size (GB)
100 2000 2 15 100
1,024 25,000 8 23 250

Compare:


  Ruckus Unleashed ZoneDirector 1200 ZoneDirector 3000 ZoneDirector 5000 SmartZone 100 vSmartZone E vSmartZone H
  Ruckus
Unleashed
ZoneDirector
1200
ZoneDirector
3000
ZoneDirector
5000
SmartZone
100
vSmartZone
E
vSmartZone
H
  Controllerless ZoneDirector Platform SmartZone Platform
Access points per Appliance 1-25 5–75 25–500 100–1,000 1–1,024 1–1,024 1–10,000
Access points with Clusters HA* HA* HA* HA* 1–3,000 1–3,000 1–30,000
Platform Controllerless Appliance Appliance Appliance Appliance Virtual Machine Virtual Machine
Site Single Single Single Single Multi-Site Multi-Site Multi Site / Tenant

* High availability (HA) with redundant controller support

Documentation:

Download the Ruckus Virtual SmartZone - Essentials Datasheet (PDF).

Pricing Notes:

Ruckus Virtual SmartZone Software
Virtual SmartZone 3.0 or Newer Software Virtual Appliance, 1 Instance, Includes 1 AP license
Need to purchase RTU support license to continue using vSZ beyond 90 days. Support is required.
#L09-VSCG-WW00
Our Price: $995.00
Virtual SmartZone AP Management License for SZ-100/vSZ 3.X, 1 Ruckus AP
Support is required.
#L09-0001-SG00
Our Price: $100.00
Ruckus End User WatchDog Support
End User WatchDog Support - vSCG-RTU, 1 Year
#S01-VSCG-1L00
Our Price: $199.00
End User WatchDog Support - vSCG-RTU, 3 Years
#S01-VSCG-3L00
Our Price: $428.00
End User WatchDog Support - vSCG-RTU, 5 Years
#S01-VSCG-5L00
Our Price: $568.00
Ruckus End User WatchDog Support Per SmartZone/vSZ AP
End User WatchDog Support Per SmartZone/vSZ AP, 1 Year
#S01-0001-1LSG
Our Price: $20.00
End User WatchDog Support Per SmartZone/vSZ AP, 3 Years
#S01-0001-3LSG
Our Price: $43.00
End User WatchDog Support Per SmartZone/vSZ AP, 5 Years
#S01-0001-5LSG
Our Price: $58.00