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Ruckus opts for big-data approach

Wi-Fi specialist introduces carrier-class Wi-Fi analytics solution

Ruckus opts for big-data approach
Lo: Operators… need this level of visibility to assess if [their] Wi-Fi networks… are meeting the objectives of their business.

Ruckus Wireless, Inc this week announced the launch of Ruckus SmartCell Insight, said to be the first carrier-class Wi-Fi analytics platform capable of archiving years of historical operational data from mobile network operator (MNO) and large enterprise Wi-Fi networks.

SmartCell Insight employs a big-data approach to measuring, assessing and troubleshooting large-scale Wi-Fi networks.

"The industry's only software-based reporting, data repository and analytics engine designed and developed specifically for service providers and large enterprise networks, SmartCell Insight empowers network operators with essential Wi-Fi analytics to help them determine the long-term health and behavior of their Wi-Fi networks and the efficiency of the services provided over them," Ruckus said in a statement.

According to Ruckus, Network operators of all types are rapidly deploying carrier-grade Wi-Fi. Once deployed, getting the most from a carrier Wi-Fi network requires clear visibility into its performance as well as user activity, at both granular and aggregate levels of detail to measure global trends spanning many years.

But Ruckus argues that tools to provide detailed business and network analytics for such networks have previously not existed. Changing mobile Internet usage patterns coupled with exploding volumes of users, devices and traffic have created new challenges for conventional management and reporting systems.  These systems must now enable long-term trend analysis to support network and service evolution planning, Ruckus argues.

"Operators want and need this level of visibility to assess if the Wi-Fi networks they are building are actually meeting the objectives of their business," said Selina Lo, president and CEO of Ruckus Wireless.

"SmartCell Insight is the first carrier solution on the market to do this by delivering detailed analytics in an easy-to-use, customisable and highly scalable fashion."

Ruckus SmartCell Insight is based on big data technology and storage techniques. Service providers can collect, parse and analyse years of Wi-Fi data for trending and business optimisation. Users have access to a range of key network metrics such as the distribution of client device types throughout the infrastructure, or the amount of uplink versus downlink traffic over a period of time or within a given location. Such information, Ruckus insists, enables administrators to make real-time business decisions.

Available starting from the first quarter of 2014, the Ruckus SmartCell Insight base software platform is priced at $35,000, with additional access-point licensing of $25 per AP.


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