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With a Wi-Fi cloud service, Ruckus aims to help hotspot owners make money

Stephen Lawson | April 15, 2014
The company will host customers' public hotspot management and give them a dashboard to control access.

SAMS will cost $265.50 per access point, per year, for periods of one, three, or five years. For customers who choose to use local management through an on-site Ruckus ZoneDirector controller, the service will cost $180 per access point, per year. Initially, Ruckus will run SAMS and its channel partners will sell it. To initiate the service, they can simply set the parameters for their networks, buy the hardware if they don't already own it, and have the hardware installed.

In the next few months, Ruckus plans to offer a virtualized version of SAMS that traditional carriers and other service providers can use as the basis of their own cloud-based offering, said David Callisch, Ruckus's vice president of marketing. Potential customers include Wi-Fi equipment resellers that want to add a managed services business.


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