By: Dan Rabinovitsj, COO of Ruckus
Not long ago, Ruckus Wireless was acquired by Brocade. This started our new adventure to build a stronger presence at the Network Edge with tight integration of the ICX family of switches and an even greater commitment to grow revenue while delighting customers. After this week’s news that Broadcom intends to acquire Brocade and divest its IP Networking assets, I wanted to take the time to reflect on what we’ve achieved, our value as the Network Edge business unit of Brocade, and why we value our partners and customers and intend to continue delivering the quality products and customer service Ruckus is known for.
Brocade’s IP Networking business was built on the dedication and hard work of a team of innovative and talented employees and was recently bolstered by the acquisition of Ruckus. The combination resulted in a new type of networking company for the digital age, one that delivers solutions from the data center to the wireless edge. Brocade is a recognized leader in the IP Networking market, offering best-in-class data center, edge and software infrastructure solutions for the world’s leading enterprise, cloud and service provider customers.
The good news is that Ruckus has a strong, growing business with #1 market share positions in key verticals like hospitality and service provider Wi-Fi with a growing base in K-12, higher education and smart cities. I have confidence in our portfolio. With recent launches of Ruckus Cloud Wi-Fi and Cloudpath™ ES 5.0 software, we’ve proven we can deliver high-value software and services based on customer requirements and market needs.
Additionally, we have built an enviable world-class portfolio of wireless and wired products for the edge of the network. The recent success we have shown in selling ICX switches alongside Ruckus Wi-Fi solutions demonstrates the power of a combined portfolio. Our rolling thunder on Wave 2 11ac access points continues, with strong adoption rates across our whole customer portfolio. Last but not least, our thought and execution leadership in OpenG™ technology comes at a perfect time to generate significant interest in the future of converged wireless technology.
For our partners, I cannot express enough how committed we are to remaining a strong player in this market, wherever our new home may be. Our first priority remains the relationships we’ve built with our partners and providing top-notch products and services to our customers.
For all of our channel partners, go-to-market partners and customers, let me say that the now expanded Ruckus team is committed to you, your mission and your success. We thrive off mutual achievements—that is what embodies the spirit of Ruckus. We live to serve.
Stay tuned as we transition through what we intend will be a short period of uncertainty.
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