Ruckus Wireless has announced FlexConnect, a unique collection of patented technologies that streamline the provisioning and security of a wide range of smart mobile devices to better enable corporations to deal with the barrage of new Wi-Fi-enabled devices hitting enterprise networks.
The company also detailed future plans to support the automatic identification and classification (device fingerprinting) of new smart mobile devices, opening the door to device-specific policy enforcement, visibility, management and self-registration.
“We are experiencing device usage growth like we’ve never seen before, and the impact on computer networks is profound and permanent,” said Selina Lo, president and CEO of Ruckus Wireless.
Smartphones will outsell personal computers by 2012, according to a recent report by Morgan Stanley, while new research from In-Stat forecasts that spending on non-handset 3G and 4G services will exceed $5 billion by 2014. According to the report, enterprise spending made up over 62% of business spending on non-handset data services, amounting to over $1.9 billion in 2010.
FlexConnect uses patented Ruckus Zero IT, Dynamic pre-shared key (PSK) and SpeedFlex technologies to eliminate tedious user complexity, while simplifying the administration and troubleshooting of Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones and tablet devices. Zero IT provides ease of use device provisioning for configuration parameters, while Dynamic PSK automates the creation of per-user encryption keys that can be easily distributed using the Zero IT framework.
With FlexConnect, IT staff can now automatically provision wireless device settings (such as SSIDs and unique pre-shared keys) on mobile devices while also provisioning other wireless authentication and security parameters (such as 802.1X supplicants and certificates).