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Score 9 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)

These work very well at the WAN edge, it may be costly for some. In which case, it may be worth considering an ISR if all the features or performance of the ASR 1000 are not needed. It works very well in a multi-gig environment regardless of the implementations we have done so far. These also work well at the edge or for smaller cores. I would recommend assessing your needs and checking the documentation to see whether or not this particular router will work for you or if it's overkill. In some cases, a significant amount of money can be saved by going with an ISR (if you still want to stick with Cisco). For data center core or similar environment, these might not be appropriate and I would recommend exploring other models such as ASR 9000.
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)

  • In most cases, the larger ASR routers such as the 1006 and 1009s have sufficient capabilities to be used as a Core network router.
  • The smaller ASRs such as the 1002 devices are best suited on the edge, capable of handling a limited number of connections due to the fixed chassis.
Anonymous | 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)

  • Licensing on the routers is more complicated than it needs to be. We have the ASR routers along with ISR routers both have the license of the advanced service, however, on the ISR routers that license did not include the app-X feature needed to send the application specific net-flow data we wanted. It would be better if Cisco was consistence with the features included with licenses.
  • Some software patches are quite involved as there is a boot loaded and IOS that must be upgraded.
James Arnold | 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

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)

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Usability

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000) 9.5
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)

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Support Rating

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000) 7.8
Based on 5 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)

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)

The Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000) don't go against the alternatives I've used, but make a great combination of devices, and configuring them alongside each other makes it very easy to administer the whole network. Configuring VLANs across them and setting up policies can be done via CLI or web interfaces, or even using third-party softwares that get along really well with all of them.
Jean Franco | 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

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

Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)

General

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

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