Breaking up with old network paradigms

We’ve all seen it.

You walk into a switch closet and look around.
Dust lies thick upon ancient switches—enough to dim LED lights in some cases. A
herd of dust bunnies has taken up residence near the fan vents. Nobody has seen
the power outlets in years, buried under grime and cobwebs.

IT

The soft hum of equipment fills the air as the
tech next to you beams. “It may be old, but it works!”

And if it doesn’t?

“At least we know all of the bugs and have
workarounds,” says our new IT friend.

Of course, they do. But what if they absolutely
must upgrade? Then what?

Anyone who has ever worked in IT knows the
drill. You don’t upgrade firmware unless absolutely necessary. And you never, ever
reboot. Why?

“It might not come back,” whispers the network
engineer with a shiver. “You never know what will happen if you reboot or
upgrade equipment.”

It almost sounds like superstition, but it’s
plain practical sense and the reason so many IT departments put off
upgrades—hardware and software—as long as possible. The purpose of IT is to
deliver network and computing services and anything that takes that down, or
puts it at risk, is a Big Problem.

Nobody Wants Downtime: Unless It’s in
Hawaii

IT is about maximizing services and minimizing
risk of downtime. Why take a chance with new and exciting bugs that will keep
you late at the office or working through an extended maintenance period over
the weekend?

Which brings us back to those packs of dust
bunnies roaming wild and free through switching closets everywhere.

Eventually, time runs out and you need to
upgrade for a new capability required by the business. We get that and we
understand you because many of us have lived in that world. That’s why here at
Ruckus we’ve spent so much time building products that minimize risk without
sacrificing new capabilities:

  • Technologies like campus fabric and RF innovations in access points designed to optimize network performance and increase reliability
  • Switches with plenty of POE budget for any application need
  • The most scalable network controller architecture which, in virtualized form, SmartZone is almost limitless in its ability to be upgraded without a rip-and-replace
  • In-service stack updates (ISSU) for switches or multi-image AP deployments allow in-place upgrades without slowing down the network

How to Make a 1Gbps Connection Go
Faster than 1Gbps

An age-old problem. You’ve got switches in the
closets with 1Gbps uplinks, but you need something faster.

“Here we go,” sighs my IT tech guide. “I spent
all this time building the network and now we’re going to change just for a
little speed boost.”

What if you could make a 1 Gbps uplink port go faster? With the ICX 7150 switch Ruckus did just that. Buy it with 1 Gbps uplinks today and, when you’re ready, a simple command and license will upgrade to 10 Gbps uplinks. No new hardware.

My network engineer pauses to consider, eyes
narrowed. “No hardware swap? What about a reboot? I bet there’s a reboot.”

Nope. No new hardware. No new software. No
reboots.

This is why when we ask our customers what they
like about their Ruckus network the answer is unanimous: “It just works.”

And we like that just fine.

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