Ruckus VP Valliappan On M&A Madness, New High-Performance Switches And Driving Growth Through The Channel

All In The Family

Ruckus isn't letting all the moving pieces of its planned acquisition by Arris International distract it from pushing ahead with new products, and Siva Valliappan, vice president of campus product management, says the company's partners should not be distracted either.

"I would say rest assured," Valliappan said. "The thing we've kept on our eye on is to maintain the customer experience and the partner experience throughout these transitions."

Ruckus today introduced a new family of network edge and aggregation/core switches, the ICX 7650, that it says is the highest-performance edge switch in the industry and is aimed at handling the ever-increasing demands of high-density Wi-Fi deployments, video streaming, encryption and management in verticals like hospitality, large public venues and higher education.

The new family of switches are being introduced as Arris moves closer to acquiring Ruckus, which was acquired by Brocade last year for $1.2 billion. Now, Brocade-Ruckus is set to be acquired by Broadcom this month for $5.9 billion. When that deal closes, Broadcom plans to sell Ruckus to Arris immediately.

Through all the changes, though, Valliappan said the company has maintained its focus on its customers and partners and developing the products and programs they need to stay ahead of the networking curve.

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