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Ruckus Expands to Deliver Wireline Solutions

June 14, 2017

Ruckus is no longer focused exclusively on wireless solutions.

The business unit of Brocade this week announced that it now offers both wired and wireless solutions. That includes the ICX wired switching portfolio from Brocade. Ruckus also has introduced a new multi-gigabit solution called the R720 Access Point.

The Ruckus ICX 7150 Z-Series solution, which is list priced at $6,150 and will start shipping next month, is a Layer 3 switch. It has 48 ports, 16 2.5 gigabit Ethernet ports, and 32 10/100/1000 ports. It features hot-swappable power supplies and fans. And it’s stackable with other ICX 7150 switches.

The new access point, which is list priced at $1,295 and available now, is a 4x4:4 dual-band product. It has one 10/100/1000 port and one 2.5 gigabit Ethernet port. It offers 160MHz and 80+80MHz channelization. And it is ideal for high-density indoor applications.

These two new products, Ruckus says, provide a complete multi-gigabit 802.11ac Wave 2 solution that will enable customers to more efficiently address the increasing number of applications and devices they need to support. And it can work in current environments and without the need to replace CAT 5e cabling.

Ruckus will be selling these solutions and others to a customer base of enterprise, government, hospitality, service provider, and small and medium businesses around the world.

The Ruckus announcement quotes IDC Senior Research Analyst Nolan Greene as saying, “The announcement that Ruckus will expand its solution set by fully incorporating wired Ethernet switching into its portfolio makes absolute sense and was expected as part of the acquisition announcement from ARRIS earlier this year.”

In February, ARRIS International plc and Broadcom Ltd. announced they had entered into an agreement for ARRIS to acquire Brocade’s Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch business for $800 million.

Broadcom late last year acquired Brocade for $5.9 billion. Terms of the deal called for Broadcom to divest the IP network part of its business, including Ruckus Wireless.

That was less than a year after Ruckus Wireless became part of Brocade. In April of 2016, Brocade announced plans to acquire Ruckus Wireless (now just Ruckus) for $1.2 billion. 

Edited by Alicia Young

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