Ruckus Wireless announces industry’s first carrier-class virtualized WLAN controller

Ruckus is today unveiling the industry’s first carrier-class virtualized wireless LAN (WLAN) controller, the Ruckus virtual SmartCell™ Gateway (vSCG), designed to streamline the creation of highly scalable and resilient cloud-based wireless LAN (WLAN) services.

Aimed at MNOs, Multiple Service Operators and Managed Service Providers, the vSCG runs as a virtual application on either KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) or VMware vSphere virtualization environments and is the first of a whole family of Ruckus solutions that will be based on the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) NFV architecture.

Sathya Atreyam, research manager, Wireless Network Infrastructure at IDC commented: “mobile network operators are increasingly exploring and evaluating architectures based on the principles of cloud computing and network function virtualization. Carrier class wireless LAN and the associated managed services model is experiencing a transformational shift from being viewed as vertically integrated hardware and software bundled architectures to solutions that offer the flexibility of a cloud based, scalable and flexible multi-tenant deployment model.”