ICX switches: flexible scalability and simplified management
CommScope innovates across wired technologies, as well as wireless, to enable awesome customer experiences. The RUCKUS ICX family of fixed form-factor switches work together to simplify network set-up and management, enhance security, minimize troubleshooting and make upgrades easy. Our low-latency, non-blocking architecture ensures excellent throughput for the most demanding applications.
ICX switches work seamlessly with RUCKUS Wi-Fi access points, RUCKUS SmartZone network controllers and RUCKUS Cloud to deliver the most performance and cost effective unified wired and wireless access solutions on the market today.
It doesn't matter if you're deploying a standalone switch, a fabric network or even a stack you will reap the benefits of CommScope performance, flexibility and investment protection.
If you're looking for a rugged or Mil-Spec switch. Ruckus has partnered with Crystal Group so that they can deliver rugged versions of their ICX switches.
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Upgradable, Flexible Architecture
- Multi-purpose switches, can be deployed standalone, stacked or in a campus fabric.
- Upgradable uplink/stacking ports from 1 GbE to 10 GbE and 40 GbE to 100 GbE
- Entry-level access switches offering unprecedented capabilities
- High-performance stackable aggregation and core switches deliver more for less
Scale-Out Fabric Based Architecture Reduces Cost of Operations
- Ruckus Campus Fabric technology is supported on all ICX 7000 models1
- Delivers the benefits of a chassis with the flexibility of stackable switches
Unique Stacking Capabilities Simplifies Management
- Stack over long distances using standard Ethernet optics
- Superior scalability up to 12 switches per stack
- Aggregation and core ICX switches also support stacking for unmatched scalability
Multigigabit Ethernet Enables Next-Generation Wireless Deployment
- IEEE 802.3bz standard based Multigigabit Ethernet support
- Optimizes next-generation 802.11ac wave 2 and future wireless AP deployment, increasing performance while reducing cost1
1 Support on the Ruckus ICX 7650 to be available in a future release
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Superior scalability with up to 12 switches per stack
Most network vendors limit the maximum number of switches per stack to 8 units or less. ICX switching technology supports up to 12 switches per stack offering 50% more ports per stack than traditional stackable switches.
Stacking at the aggregation and core
Thanks to ICX switches advanced stacking technology, Ruckus is the only vendor to offer a stack based solution for the campus aggregation/core.
The ICX 7750 Switch is a 1U high-performance, high-availability, and market-leading-density 10/40 GbE solution. With industry leading price/performance and low latency, cut-through,
non-blocking architecture, the Ruckus ICX 7750 provides unprecedented stacking density and performance with up to 12 switches per stack and up to 5.76 Tbps of aggregated stacking bandwidth, limiting inter-switch bottlenecks and
offering cost-effective large-scale chassis replacement at the campus aggregation/core. Additionally, support for ISSU at the
stack level enables the ICX 7750 to deliver chassis level highavailability and reliability to maximize network uptime.
Ruckus stacking technology delivers high availability, performing real-time state synchronization across the stack and enabling instantaneous hitless failover to a standby controller in the unlikely event of a failure of the master stack controller.
Users can use hot-insertion/removal of stack members to avoid interrupting service when adding a switch to increase the capacity of a stack or replacing a switch that needs servicing.
In addition to stack-level high availability, Ruckus ICX switches include system-level high-availability features, such as dual hotswappable, load-sharing, and redundant power supplies. The modular design also has dual hot-swappable fan trays. These features provide another level of availability for the campus wiring closet, all in a compact form factor.
The Ruckus ICX 7000 switches support stack-level In Service Software Upgrade (ISSU), a unique Ruckus capability that enables a stack of Ruckus ICX Switches to go through a software upgrade without service interruption, enabling continuous operation during system upgrades.
Ruckus Campus Fabric Technology
Ruckus Campus Fabric technology brings campus networks into the modern era to better support seamless wireless mobility, security, and ease of application deployment. It collapses multiple network layers into a single logical switch, flattening the network and eliminating deployment complexity while simplifying network management and reducing operating costs.
All of the Ruckus ICX 7000 platforms can leverage Ruckus Campus Fabric to extend network options and scalability. The technology integrates aggregation switches like the Ruckus ICX 7750 and ICX 76501 with access switches, like the Ruckus ICX 7650, ICX 7450, ICX 7250, and ICX 7150, by collapsing network layers into a single logical switch.
This logical device results in sharing network services while reducing management touch points and network hops through a single layer design spanning the entire campus network.
New switches are quickly and easily added - simply connect them to a fabric port and the switch is automatically configured and added to the Campus Fabric. The fabric controller also performs automated software image upgrade for all fabric switch members when a new software release if available for a given switch model. Ruckus Campus Fabric combines the power of Distributed Chassis design with the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of fixed form factor switch building blocks.
The traditional aggregation/core layer is replaced by a stack of high-performance ICX 7750 or ICX 7650 switches which deliver a unified network control plane that acts as the central management and traffic forwarding authority for the entire Campus Fabric domain.
The high-performance ICX access switches act as virtual line-cards for the entire fabric. Connections between two devices in the fabric can be up to 10km ensuring maximum flexibility and scalability. Ruckus Campus Fabric deployments deliver equivalent or better functionality than large, rigid modular chassis systems with significantly lower costs and smaller carbon footprints.
Multigigabit Ethernet Technology for Next-Generation Wireless Apps
Support for wireless networking is at the core of the ICX family design. The Ruckus ICX 7150-48ZP, ICX 7450-32ZP and ICX 7650- 48ZP, also called the Ruckus Z-series switches, are designed to handle next-generation 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless access points and future wireless technology. These ICX switches support the 803.2bz standard and offer 2.5 GbE ports or 2.5/5/10 GbE ports (on the ICX 7650) to connect Multigigabit APs at increased data speeds.
This new technology delivers up to 10 times the bandwidth of regular Gigabit Ethernet on standard twisted pair cables, reducing the total number for links needed between switches and APs and optimizing wireless performance and scalability.
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Torfs and Ruckus Cloud
As a leading digital innovator in the retail space Torfs were one of the first to offer in-store public Wi-Fi and digitise their stock management system across all 80 stores. With Ruckus Cloud the lean IT team were able to quickly deploy, manage and monitor the Wi-Fi across their growing estate. Customers get robust, secure, reliable Wi-Fi and the IT team get simple, intuitive management; win-win.
Ruckus Unleashed: Expect more with business class Wi Fi for your small business
For a small business, having bad Wi-Fi impacts business productivity, customer experience and brings the business down. We built Ruckus Unleashed keeping small business in mind to solve all your Wi-Fi problems. Get Ruckus Unleashed and start experiencing the great Wi-Fi today.
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Ruckus SmartZoneOS: ICX Switch Integration
Our SmartZone controllers have always been designed to by easy to configure and straightforward to manage. In this video, you’ll see how the ICX provisioning and configuration has been brought into the SmartZoneOS, unifying our platforms and giving system admins the network view they need.