Ruckus Wireless Acquires Software To Securely Add New Devices To Wi-Fi Networks

Ruckus Wireless is buying Wi-Fi onboarding and security software specialist Cloudpath Networks, which partners say will help drive sales in the midmarket for the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based vendor.

"This is going to help us sell into the midmarket more easily and more smoothly," said Gary Berzack , CTO and COO of New York-based eTribeca, a solution provider and Ruckus partner.

"Ruckus, being the No. 3 wireless vendor out there, has not had a complete software onboarding portfolio compared to Aruba and Cisco and had to rely on third parties," said Berzack. "This acquisition is a stake in making a whole onboarding solution. What this does for Ruckus is it allows them to control the technology and the pricing to compete more effectively."

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Ruckus said it plans to "immediately" implement the privately held Westminster, Colo.-based company's software into its Smart Wi-Fi portfolio for the education, retail, enterprise and hospitality markets. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Ruckus CEO Selina Lo said the acquisition is a significant leap forward in simplifying wi-fi security for both BYOD and IT devices.

"We believe that Cloudpath has the easiest-to-use and most secure onboarding solution on the market," said Lo in a statement.

Cloudpath’s flagship Enrollment System enables networks to simply and securely adopt certificate-based Wi-Fi, eliminating the IT support costs and user frustration associated with passwords, according to the statement.

It providers a common entry point to securely bring new devices onto a network, with its solutions used by enterprises and retailers to apply distinct access policies based on user, role and device for employees, guests and vendors, according to Ruckus.