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Published on August 12th, 2011 | by Alexis Argent

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Ruckus Wireless Outscores Cisco, HP and Others, Taking the Top Spot in CRN’s Prestigious 2011 Annual Report Card

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Ruckus Wireless today announced Everything Channel has named the company an overall category winner with SMB Networking Hardware in the prestigious 2011 CRN Annual Report Card (ARC), outscoring Cisco, HP, Adtran and D-Link.

Unlike other awards, CRN’s ARC is a research award based on extensive channel partner surveys covering a wide range of areas from product innovation to technical support. This year, CRN surveyed thousands of North American value-added resellers as part of the research award process. Created over 20 years ago, CRN’s ARC is considered the industry’s most exclusive channel honor, serving as a definitive benchmark of relationships between vendors and channel partners and maintains the industry standard for measuring excellence within the channel community.

As a pure-play wireless LAN channel company, Ruckus is the fastest growing enterprise WLAN supplier in the market, selling its line of Smart Wi-Fi products exclusively through a vast network of solution providers around the world. Its ZoneFlex system is widely considered the most popular channel wireless solution on the market today because it was purpose-built for channel partners looking for simplicity, sophistication and differentiation.

The Everything Channel ARC research team surveyed more than 3600 solution providers across 21 categories to evaluate the satisfaction they have with vendors’ products, support and channel programs. Winners are then selected to the Annual Report Card and presented with awards at the annual XChange Americas Conference. Over the past year Ruckus has focused heavily on growing its Big Dogs partner program and since the beginning of 2011 has added nearly 600 new, high-volume resellers and integrators.

The Big Dogs program now has more than 2,500 partners, which have significantly helped propel Ruckus to be the leading wireless networking provider in key vertical markets like education and hospitality, while also growing its customer base in the healthcare, manufacturing and retail sectors.

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“When it comes to the strength of relationships, quality of products and return on partner programs, solution providers want to hear from their fellow VARs about the IT vendors that consistently exceed expectations,” said Kelley Damore, vice president, editorial director for Everything Channel. “The Annual Report Card gives solution providers the opportunity to share feedback and recognize the vendors who truly demonstrate channel excellence. We congratulate Ruckus for being recognized as the best of the best.”

“In enterprises everywhere, there is a major shift to more reliable wireless connectivity, as iPads and tablets, smartphones and other handheld devices are accessing corporate networks in huge numbers,” said Ron Gill, vice president of North American sales for Ruckus Wireless. “We’ve done the hard work, built the industry’s most channel-friendly Wi-Fi system on the market and delivered the differentiation and dollars that partners are looking for. The hard work is now paying off.”

About UBM plc

UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

About Everything Channel

Everything Channel is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With over 30 years of experience and engagement, Everything Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. Everything Channel is a UBM company.

About Ruckus Wireless

Ruckus Wireless is new class of technology company revolutionizing Wi-Fi for both the enterprise and service provider markets. Based in Sunnyvale, CA, Ruckus is credited with developing “Smart Wi-Fi.” Smart Wi-Fi breaks the conventional barriers that have prevented the reliable transmission of voice, video and data over standard 802.11 technology. The company was formed in 2004 by Selina Lo, Victor Shtrom and Bill Kish.

For more information regarding Ruckus Wireless Products, please visit our Ruckus Wireless page.

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