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Score 9 out of 100
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Score 7.4 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

There are [not] many products out there that do all these functions at this price point made by such a trusted brand. You may be able to save a bit going with a lesser known brand but you get what you pay for. If someone asked I'd easily recommend this series or the line in general to take care of all your routing needs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

Well suited for10G aggregation at network edge. Small managed networks such as school districts or distributed enterprise campus. Not well suited to RPHY aggregation at network core — queuing in NCS540 results in jitter and poor RPHY performance. Allow port license purchases in smaller units. Better support for SLA performance monitoring capabilities would allow use as a box for 10G aggregation for Carrier Ethernet NNI handoff.
Ben Wiechman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

  • Quality of Service for managing Data priority
  • Mean Time between Failures - We have found Cisco hardware is reliable
  • Fast network performance and availability
Dave King | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

  • Switching.
  • Routing.
  • Access.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

  • Possibly higher port count on built in switch.
  • External WiFi antenna connection to allow bigger WiFi coverage.
  • More robust wall mount setup using screw slots, currently only 2.
Jurek Plona | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

  • MPLS feature set on NCS520
  • Full support for RFC2544, Y.1564 across the product line
  • Greater clarity of the impact of smaller buffers on NCS540 when compared to other Qumran chipsets — some use cases like RPHY aggregation at network core are not a good fit.
Ben Wiechman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000) 9.1
Based on 2 answers
They have proven themselves to be flexible, reliable and are a leader and standard in the industry.
David East | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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Usability

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000) 8.2
Based on 3 answers
I would rate these routers useability as 9/10 - I've designed and deployed Cisco solutions for the last 20 or so years, so, therefore, know what I am buying and try to get an understanding of the capabilities before deploying. The Cisco 1000 series Integrated Service Router is a rock-solid investment with great throughput "out of the box".
Simon Watkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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Support Rating

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000) 8.8
Based on 6 answers
With any Cisco product, you are very well supported by the Technical Assistance Centre (TAC). This is one of the major plus points when selecting Cisco networking products - working in IT for the last 20years you soon appreciate that it is impossible to know everything and that there are people within Cisco you can lean-on when you need assistance.
Simon Watkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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Implementation Rating

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000) 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Train and practice!
Eric Parks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

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Alternatives Considered

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

We are a mainly CISCO shop, so Junipers are out for the most part. We chose the ASR1001-x as it was an upgrade from the ASR1004 we were using previously. We required the ability to process a lot of traffic using 1G and 10G interfaces, with scalability and security features that match.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

Higher 10G port density on NCS540Availability of 25G/40G/100G provides greater flexibilityGood choice when full line rate is not neededGood choice when full capabilities of ASR9000 are not required
Ben Wiechman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

  • Once they are installed they just work. Even when a device enters EOL/EOS they keep chugging along.
  • Good lifetime - they don't retire models so often that you can't keep up.
  • Good extended support, this allows us to keep them in place as long as possible (or practical) and increases our ROI.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

  • Relatively low cost access layer device.
  • Very cost effective means of getting 10G interfaces.
  • Some features available on other devices out of the box are more complex or absent on the NCS without licensing or assistance.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)

General

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

Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)

General

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

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