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ShoreTel and Ruckus Partner on Mobile Unified Communications
By Tony Rizzo
Wireless systems manufacturer Ruckus Wireless and ShoreTel a provider of simple IP phone systems, announced plans to deliver a Mobile Unified Communications (UC) Starter Kit, combining Wi-Fi and Voice over IP (VoIP) products, to specifically target the small to medium-size business (SMB) sector.
The Ruckus ZoneFlex Smart Wireless LAN (WLAN) offering is a verified system within the ShoreTel Innovation Network, ensuring coordination between the two platforms for end-to-end interoperability. For mid-size enterprises looking to test mobile unified communications over Wi-Fi, Ruckus and ShoreTel have also created custom, discounted product bundles for their respective channel partners.
The ShoreTel/Ruckus bundle delivers UC and wireless networking capabilities to support corporate voice and data requirements. The Ruckus ZoneFlex Smart Wi-Fi system extends ShoreTel's VoIP reach beyond the wired environment – allowing customers to use smartphones, tablets and Voice over Wi-Fi phones over the existing enterprise IP voice system, while maintaining high voice quality.
"With the growth of mobile devices and consumerization of IT, there is now huge demand by enterprises for the use of diverse smartphones using advanced Wi-Fi and VoIP technology," said Denis Maynard, vice president of worldwide sales for Ruckus Wireless. "ShoreTel and Ruckus now give organizations a complete turnkey system that takes advantage of the best VoIP and Wi-Fi technologies to easily and securely integrate employee smartphones into their existing network framework."
The bundle includes ShoreTel Mobility Router 2000 appliance (supporting up to 100 users; upgradable versions available) bundled with 10 user licenses, Ruckus ZoneDirector 1100 (supporting up to six APs and is license upgradable to 50 APs), Ruckus Premium Partner Support, Ruckus ZoneFlex 7363 802.11N APs (includes three APs to start, and license can extend to additional APs if needed) and Ruckus ZonePlanner Software. The ShoreTel/Ruckus product promotion is being offered for a limited time through ScanSource, which distributes both ShoreTel and Ruckus products throughout North America.
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