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October 26, 2016

BYOD enterprise software upgrade from Brocade pushes mobility management

Cloudpath gets new features

By Sam

Brocade is shipping Ruckus Cloudpath ES 5.0 software with more BYOD onboarding capabilities and security

Cloudpath ES 5.0 software enables IT organisations of any size to easily establish secure, policy-based access for wired and wireless devices.

Mobile working is taking off globally with IDC saying the U.S. mobile worker population will grow at a steady rate over the next five years, increasing from 96.2 million in 2015 to 105.4 million mobile workers in 2020.

“The rise of a more mobile workforce has mandated that corporations to adopt robust BYOD programs, which ensure productivity both in and out of the workplace,” said Nolan Greene, senior research analyst, IDC. “However, many organisations, especially those with lean IT departments, still struggle with securing device connections to the network. Organisations are therefore tasked with finding a solution that not only enables the mobile workforce, but also provides enterprise-level security, something Ruckus Wireless seeks to deliver to its customers.”

brocade-ruckus-cloudpathMany organisations expect frictionless BYOD and a common wireless-wired policy and security experience but IT is often unable to deliver on those expectations due to the inherent complexity of modern security infrastructure. Cloudpath software simplifies the deployment of enterprise-grade security, making powerful security much more accessible to lean IT teams, Brocade said.

Brocade acquired Ruckus Wireless for $1.2bn in May 2016. 


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Added features cited include, security and centralised policy management based on simplified Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) while using industry-standard x.509 digital certificates and granular policy assignment. Better end-user experience. Users don’t need to remember passwords, lower product licensing cost on user-based licensing, integration with existing infrastructure with existing wired and wireless access networks, network security firewalls, client operating systems and other common methods of ensuring security compliance and integration with Brocade ICX switches.

brocade-ruckus-cloudpath2“Managing devices, workflow and security policies has become more complex over the last decade for businesses of all sizes,” said Kevin Koster, chief architect and Cloudpath founder, Ruckus Wireless Business Unit, Brocade. “At the same time, many companies operate in various locations with multiple wireless networks. This creates complex IT management challenges. Cloudpath software addresses these pain points by delivering better security than most of our customers have now, and at a very low price. Cloudpath also works with existing infrastructure, eliminating the need to purchase and train on new, expensive and complex dedicated security appliances.”


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