SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) announced today that it has been named a Leader in the "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Enterprise WLAN 2013-2014 Vendor Analysis" (doc #243354, September 2013). The IDC study assessed a wide variety of vendors participating in the enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) market, evaluating each vendor based on a comprehensive framework and set of parameters that assessed vendors relative to one another and to those factors expected to be most conducive to success in the enterprise WLAN market, for both the short and long term.
This IDC MarketScape assessed the enterprise wireless LAN market through the lens of indoor WLAN infrastructure, with an emphasis on the current 802.11n standard and various deployment architectures. Capabilities and strategies for the emerging 802.11ac standard also played a role in IDC's analysis, as did offerings in the service provider WLAN space for cellular offload and managed services. IDC projects the worldwide market for enterprise wireless LAN equipment will grow from $4.6B in 2013 to over $7.8B by 2017, with the biggest gains coming within the service provider and education sectors.1
According to IDC, "Ruckus has a strong history of internal innovation, from the pioneering of IPTV to various advances in antenna technology, including being an industry pioneer in adaptive antenna array and many other advanced RF functionalities. Ruckus' BeamFlex™ beamforming technology and dual-polarized smart antenna arrays allow for efficient spatial multiplexing, and Ruckus claims improved coverage in tough environments with fewer APs. As Ruckus continues to grow at an impressive rate, it continues to add to and refine its value proposition. Presently, Ruckus is adding a focus on the undertapped retail, warehousing, and public access markets in addition to its traditional midmarket and the hospitality, education, and healthcare segments."
IDC continues, "As mentioned, Ruckus enjoys many successful deployments in tough RF environments such as stadiums, arenas, warehouses, and older buildings, among other examples. Ruckus offers strong technical support and can design highly customized implementations for its clients. Additionally, provisioning and configuration of out-of-the-box experiences are among the easiest in the industry. Ruckus offers good training for its new clients through company engineers and VARs. Through its Ruckus University training offering, clients can access videos that train on how to set up and use all the WLAN tools straight out of the box. Additionally, Ruckus continues to leverage its multimedia traffic capabilities to help with the deluge of smart mobile devices and social media in the enterprise (BYOD). Through its traffic-shaping abilities, Ruckus can support delivery of multicast and unicast IP video in discrete queues for client devices. Finally, it is noteworthy that Ruckus' ZoneFlex™ WLAN system offers a fairly simple point-and-click configuration wizard."
The IDC study concludes, "Ruckus' ongoing success and growth present tremendous opportunities to enter new markets and new verticals and to develop more robust offerings geared toward greater and larger audiences. Expanding the range of architectural delivery options will help Ruckus continue to compete strongly against Cisco, Aruba, and HP."
IDC MarketScape Methodology
The IDC study is composed of two sections. The first provides a definition or description of the characteristics that IDC believes lead to success in the enterprise WLAN market. These characteristics are based on end-user and vendor surveys and key analyst observations of best practices and were defined with contributions from the broader WLAN ecosystem.
The second part of the IDC study provides a visual aggregation of multiple vendors into a single bubble chart format. This format concisely illustrates the observed and quantified scores of the reviewed vendors. The strategies axis represents a three- to five-year span and future perspective, while the capabilities axis represents current product and go-to-market execution.
"Ruckus Wireless's position as a leader in the "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Enterprise WLAN 2013-2014 Vendor Analysis" is powerful validation of our strength and growing presence in the marketplace," said Selina Lo, president and CEO, Ruckus Wireless. "'Smart Wi-Fi' represents who we are and what we do, namely, an aggressive, growing company that offers the most innovative Wi-Fi products and technologies available in the market. Ruckus delivers Wi-Fi that's truly better than others as we continue to disrupt the status quo. Our recognition as a leader by IDC is proof that we are indeed simply better wireless."
To download an excerpt of the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Enterprise WLAN 2013-2014 Vendor Analysis report, please visit: http://idcdocserv.com/243354e_ruckus.
1 IDC Wireless LAN Tracker – Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Forecast – 2013 Q1 (published June 27, 2013)
ABOUT IDC MARKETSCAPE The IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor's position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.
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 approximately 27,300 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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