SmartCell Insight Architecture
The above provides an overview of the SCI architecture. And as a VM based application, SCI provides four major functions:
- Network analytics aggregation - within the defined reporting scope, SCI interacts with APs and controllers to collect and archive key network metrics that become the backbone of the reporting capability.
- Monitor and report network status - based on established profiles, policies and standard reports, SCI automatically collects network data and generates the defined output.
- Data Explorer – a tool to create, customize and tailor reports to focus on the precise network metrics/trends to aid monitoring of the network.
- Export Analytics – SCI has built-in APIs that support straightforward exporting analytics to OSS/BSS systems that maybe part of the customer’s network. Reports can also be scheduled to be auto-delivered through e-mail in PDF and CSV formats.
The Ruckus SCI platform transforms traditional network reporting into a vital business tool by collecting, analyzing, parsing, reporting, and storing unprecedented amounts of user, traffic, session and application information. Data from the largest networks can be stored and retrieved for up to 5 years.
Standardized SCI Reports
SCI ships with a set of standard reports that address the most common use cases faced by today’s large network operations team. There is an easy to use and elaborate filtering mechanism built into the SCI that allows customers to generate more specifically targeted reports. These reports can be printed, emailed, or copied to a PDF file. The following section looks at sample reports from each category.
Traffic reports include: client fingerprint (iOS, Android, Windows, etc.), client health, number of sessions, number of unique devices, session bytes transferred, session duration, and top clients by traffic volume.
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The SmartCell Insight platform brings Big Data technology to Wi-Fi reporting and analytics through its ability to process massively large amounts of network metrics - up to 100,000 APs. Clustering VM service systems allows for massive scaling of the analytics scope.
Generates reports locally and can export data to upstream OSS and BSS systems for maximum operations flexibility.
There is a huge inventory of predefined standard reports to get visibility into Wi-Fi network health, performance and Key Performance Indicators (KPI). These reports can be run on a defined schedule to simplify SCI configuration management.
Data Explorer Service
Any industry standard browser can be used to slice and dice the network analytics data to create custom reports utilizing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that reside in network archives on the SCI platform.
Ease of Use
The base VM design removes scaling limitations when additional capacity is required. There are no hardware appliance requirements. The capacity of SCI can be increased by adding new VMs to SCI and does not need a rip-and-replace to increase capacity.
SCI delivers a set of APIs which can be used to construct custom applications based on the contents of the SCI analytics database.
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Standardized SCI Reports
SCI ships with a set of standard reports that address the most common use cases faced by today’s large
network operations team. There is an easy to use and elaborate filtering mechanism built into the SCI that allows
customers to generate more specifically targeted reports. These reports can be printed, emailed, or copied to a PDF
file. The following section looks at sample reports from each category.
vTraffic reports include: client fingerprint (iOS, Android,Windows, etc.), client health, number of sessions, number
of unique devices, session bytes transferred, session duration, and top clients by traffic volume.
Operational reports can be used to look at how the various elements in the network are performing.
Inventory reports provide a mechanism to easily keep track of all the Wi-Fi assets in the network. These reports can be used to provide: access point inventory, WLAN
controller inventory, and session inventory. Ruckus SCI collects and aggregates statistics from up to hundreds of thousands of Ruckus access points (APs), providing
information such as upstream and downstream traffic demand, number of sessions, unique clients, or even the throughput customers can expect to achieve over periods
of time on a per-AP basis. Now, network managers can quickly determine who is on their Wi-Fi network, what they are doing, when they are doing it, and from where;
all graphically displayed in a simple format in a selection of views and customized reports.
For example, customers can get reports on the amount of traffic flowing through the network or any portion of the network, all the way down to the individual AP. This has never been possible on such a large scale as required by worldwide service providers, who are dealing with millions of devices.
As a VM application, SCI can be easily installed virtually anywhere within a provider’s infrastructure, integrating directly with existing OSS/BSS systems via northbound APIs.
Traffic reports include: access point traffic, client potential throughput, throughput estimate of clients, top APs by traffic volume, and top client devices by traffic volume.
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