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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 8.5 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000) is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.6

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)

86%
23 Ratings
8.0

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

80%
5 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

7.0

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)

70%
1 Rating

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

9.7

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)

97%
2 Ratings

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.8

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)

88%
6 Ratings
8.0

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

80%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

10.0

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)

100%
1 Rating

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)

As we provide our network services poor multiple customers we were looking for a well-known brand where we could rely on their name. Cisco was, besides Aruba, the way to go in our situation. After configuration, the network administrators were able to keep everything under control with ease. It could be a bit tough for the beginning network administrator but overall it was a great investment!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

The Cisco 5500 Series NCS appears to be well suited as a fairly simple core network device that doesn't require a lot of one-off configuration setup. It may have some restrictions if used as a peering and/or edge device due to control-plane protection design and QoS/TCAM memory and Forwarding capacity. The 5501 is well suited as a switch due to mature code and hardware capability.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)

  • These routers are very good at performing 24x7! This is key to running an organization where employees are working 24x7.
  • The ZBFW feature works especially well to help lockdown and protect your network.
  • Having the ability to perform in-service upgrades is a key feature in keeping your network up at all times.
Cody Plassmeyer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

  • Large bandwidth per blade at 36x100Gb.
  • IOS-XR for full functionality of automation and service provider experience.
  • Great price per port when looking at the scaling opportunity.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)

  • The ASR 1000 series routers can, as with most devices, improve with additional memory capacity and upgraded chip sets for faster processing.
  • There seems to be limitations on the number of routing sessions the smaller ASR devices can handle, which can be overcome with proper planning and placement within the network.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

  • When upgrading components of the NCS 5500 it can take a particularly long time and many steps to confirm additional components. Have all updates on the need basis instead of a one-step process.
Carlos Bedia | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000) 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Only ASR get EOL we would like to upgrade our routers to recomended replacements.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000) 9.7
Based on 2 answers
All our modular contingency service exercises use this equipment, it allows us to perform this type of exercises very easily, in a controlled and effective way. It is used at least once a month for these types of events. It also allows configuration replication in computers that are under the same model.
Carlos Mendoza Barberán | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000) 8.8
Based on 6 answers
We did not heavily engage with the Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Router (ASR1000) support function as we decide to switch the solution to a more cost-effective option, and this was primarily a price decision vs. any support related decision.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500) 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Cisco support is always informative and reliable. Depending on the level of support you subscribe to, the techs and Cisco TAC are well versed in hardware and operating system of the NCS series routers. You can receive 24x7 support and either Next Business Day or 4-hour part replacement from Cisco if required.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Implementation was as per design and all best practice configuration was followed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)

Before standardizing on the Cisco ASR 1000 we had explored the idea of using Juniper routers. Ultimately we felt the Cisco ASR 1000 was a better fit at the time. We have been very happy with this decision, but it might not be the right decision for everyone. It fit our environment and our needs very well, Juniper is also a very good choice.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

We've always used Cisco, but from time to time we've interfaced with Juniper and Aerohive. Cisco has always performed better than Juniper, and seems on-par with Aerohive's most innovative features.
Jorge Melo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)

  • It is a healthy return on investment with planned packed size data. Average unicast latency is low and consistent with small and large packets (barring mid-sized).
  • Cisco devices last longer and also have a decent trade-in policy to recover some value when equipment is replaced.
  • Higher concurrent IPSec tunnels are offered, we tested for 1500+, fielding both encrypted and a mix of encrypted and cleartext traffic.
Rohit Narang | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

  • Allows us to offer free WiFi for our visitors, patients, families, and staff on an equal performance plane.
  • Allows us to scale access and traffic based on usage, helping our staff maintain efficiency
  • This acts a major component to our mobile expansion strategy allowing development anytime anywhere
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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