Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000) vs. Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000)
Score 8.3 out of 10
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The Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000) are designed specifically for the harsh, rugged environments often found in the energy and utility industries.N/A
Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000)
Score 9.3 out of 10
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The Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000) is a high-density, small-form-factor MPLS aggregation router for metro aggregation and MPLS-enabled data center networks. The Network Convergence System 5000 Series is designed to economically scale large enterprise, over-the-top (OTT), and service provider data center networking architectures.N/A
Pricing
Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000)Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000)
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
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Best Alternatives
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Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.4 out of 10
Cisco Routers
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Score 8.4 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Routers
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Score 8.4 out of 10
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Score 8.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000)Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000)
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(3 ratings)
9.1
(4 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
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(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.3
(1 ratings)
-
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User Testimonials
Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000)Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000)
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
The Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000) is well suited in an enclosed environment where there is no air con in place, and it may get quite hot. It provides copper and fiber connections to the next site so if you have a fiber in place, it suits as well. As it's not designed for speed, so if you are after high speed links, such as 10G and above, it is not the choice.
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Cisco
The best scenario for us was to use the NCS 5000 for video conferencing. With several remote branches, we required reliable bandwidth for remotely connecting with employees. The NCS 5000 delivered the bandwidth we needed and provided the quality even with some low bandwidth sites.
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Pros
Cisco
  • Resistant to many elements that its exposed to
  • Work well in higher temperatures
  • Compact enough to be installed in an inground box
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Cisco
  • Higher port density allows for both higher bandwidth ports to the customer network as well as sufficient uplink capacity to the core.
  • Small rack space, smarter design, smaller footprint allows for more hardware the fit in the same amount of rack space.
  • Lower power consumption, less heat output results in savings within the data center environment.
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Cons
Cisco
  • Harder to find and acquire than other routers
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Cisco
  • Bugs
  • Transport components stability
  • Tac response time in some xases
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Support Rating
Cisco
Have not had to use support yet but would follow our current Cisco process.
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Cisco
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
While the Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge Platforms provide better throughput and thin chassis (1 RU) compared to the Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers, the Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers survive in a hot, non-ventilated/aircon enclosed environment and, at the same time, provide connectivity from the sites back to the data center.
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Cisco
CAPEX and OPEX are less for NCS routers.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • Saved money on replacing standard routers that die in those environments
  • Saved time with the easy linking and connection options
  • Given us peace of mind that the device will continue to run without intervention
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Cisco
  • Communication among remote employees and branches has increased.
  • Quality of service from cloud and video applications.
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ScreenShots

Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000) Screenshots

Screenshot of Product Description: MPLS aggregation router for metro aggregation, MPLS Enabled TOR/Leaf Architectures
Target Deployments: Enterprise, Over-The-Top (OTT), and Service Provider data center networking architectures