SUNNYVALE, Calif, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) announced today that it has again taken top honors in the Networking Hardware for SMBs (small and medium/mid-size businesses) category in the CRN 2014 Annual Report Card (ARC), outscoring competitors including Cisco, Dell/SonicWall, D-Link, and Emerson Network Power for the second year in a row. For nearly three decades, this distinguished study has served as a benchmark for excellence throughout the IT channel, recognizing the technology vendors most highly praised by their solution provider partners. Ruckus Wireless won in the Networking Hardware for SMBs category by again achieving the highest scores in the Product Innovation and Support sub-categories.
Winners were selected based on the results of an in-depth survey by The Channel Company's research team. More than 2,500 solution providers were asked to evaluate their satisfaction with 81 vendor partners on each of 18 criteria in terms of product innovation, support and partnership. Wendy Cartee, vice president of Marketing for Ruckus Wireless, accepted the company's second straight CRN ARC Award in front of a live audience during an awards reception held on Tuesday, August 19th at The Channel Company's XChange conference in San Antonio, TX where CRN, the top news source for solution providers and the IT channel, again honored Ruckus for its win.
"IT today is about solving business problems, and it requires more than just stellar products. Solution providers are looking for vendor partners that embrace the IT channel, working with them hand-in-hand to meet their customers' needs," said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company, publisher of CRN. "CRN's Annual Report Card is the definitive word on who those vendors are, coming straight from the solution providers themselves. The ARC has been recognizing the vendors that deliver their solutions through the channel in the most effective ways for 29 years, and we again congratulate Ruckus Wireless, this time as one of 2014's top honorees."
The Big Dog Eats the Competition—Again
As a pure-play wireless LAN (WLAN) vendor, Ruckus continues to excel as one of the fastest growing enterprise WLAN suppliers in the market, selling its line of Smart Wi-Fi products exclusively through a vast network of solution providers around the world. The Ruckus ZoneFlex™ system is widely considered one of the most popular channel wireless solutions on the market today because it is purpose-built for channel partners looking for simplicity, sophistication and differentiation.
Commented Cartee, "Our innovative, advanced Smart Wi-Fi wireless networking products and technologies, including our new 802.11ac access points with patented BeamFlex™ adaptive antenna technology, continue to deliver the industry's highest capacity, highest performing Wi-Fi networks for our resellers, systems integrators, and clients." She added, "The Ruckus partner channel continues to grow worldwide, with both new and existing partners leveraging our comprehensive channel programs and tools that help them succeed, provided via our global Big Dogs Partner Program, which features our Big Dogs partner portal, annual Big Dogs conferences, and our comprehensive Ruckus University Wi-Fi training programs."
Ruckus Big Dog Partners continue to help Ruckus maintain its position as one of the top wireless networking providers in key vertical markets like education and hospitality, while also helping it continue to further grow its customer base in the healthcare, manufacturing and retail sectors.
Concluded Cartee, "Winning an ARC award for the second straight year reaffirms our strong commitment to and support of our channel partners—further proof of just how exceptionally channel-friendly we are, and how we keep offering unique product and technology differentiation that obviously continues to impress and reward both our partners and mutual clients."
To view the results of the study as well as the list of this year's ARC winners, visit www.crn.com.
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ABOUT RUCKUS WIRELESS Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) is a global supplier of advanced wireless systems for the rapidly expanding mobile Internet infrastructure market. The company offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor "Smart Wi-Fi" products to mobile carriers, broadband service providers, and corporate enterprises, and has over 40,000 end-customers worldwide. Ruckus technology addresses Wi-Fi capacity and coverage challenges caused by the ever-increasing amount of traffic on wireless networks due to accelerated adoption of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Ruckus invented and has patented state-of-the-art wireless voice, video, and data technology innovations, such as adaptive antenna arrays that extend signal range, increase client data rates, and avoid interference, providing consistent and reliable distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi. For more information, visit http://www.ruckuswireless.com.
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